Common Core Problem Based Curriculum Maps

The following Problem Based Learning (PrBL) curriculum maps are based on the Math Common Core State Standards and the associated scope and sequences. The problems and tasks have been scoured from thoughtful math bloggers who have advanced our practice by posting their materials online.

The Scope and Sequences for Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math 9 (Integrated), Math 10 (Integrated), and Math 11 (Integrated) are from Pearson. Other Scope and Sequences were developed by me, modeling a similar visual style.

Grade 3 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Grade 4 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Grade 5 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Grade 6 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Grade 7 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Grade 8 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Math 9 (Integrated) CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Math 10 (Integrated) CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Math 11 (Integrated) CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Algebra 1 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Geometry CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Algebra 2 CCSS PrBL Curriculum Map

Be sure to check back often as these curriculum maps are bound to change when new cool activities are added on math blogs worldwide. I’ll be adding more and more curriculum maps in due time. Also, if you have a favorite particular task that isn’t here (or just comments in general), let me know in the comments!

For more on Problem Based learning, you can check out my previous posts on the topic.

— Geoff

205 comments

  1. Robert, you just wait until I make a Middle School curriculum map. It’ll basically be just a bunch of links to your problems,

  2. Ha! I actually have quite a few high school lessons I could add.

    Can you clarify something for me? Are you making it a growing list of tasks that people can add to (like the last spreadsheet you add) or is it going to be a fixed list of just the ones you plan on using?

  3. It’ll grow as I find stuff that I like and people point out stuff that resonates with them. I plan on keeping up with it, but it’s going to be tough with practitioners such as yourself churning out great stuff day after day.

    I don’t think I’m going to open up this document for editing just to keep it more… manageable.

  4. Geoff, your support of all that we do in an inquiry based math classroom has not gone unnoticed. I appreciate all of your efforts.

    -Benji

    1. I agree! Nice job, such a fab tool for teachers like me and students like mine who are sick of text based, worksheets and lack of application and connections!

  5. Oh my goodness. I love you.

    I’m trying to put a livebinder together for our Math 1 course next year and you’ve just helped out immensely.

  6. Geoff, I love you more than Kristen Fouss does. I’m losing track of all the great lessons out there and have been wanting to do something similar. Thank you so much for starting it and sharing it!! (Now, hurry up and get the rest done.)

    1. Ha ha. I’ll get to work on it this weekend. You do realize that I’m doing the easy part. It’s expert practitioners such as yourself that are doing the creative work. 🙂

      1. Geoff, I love you more than Kristen + Fawn. Can I get you to make all the copies I need too? Thanks. 🙂

    1. Thank you. Briefly looked at this site and it appears to be something I could use. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am so excited I can’t believe it! This is going to give us a huge jump start to our summer common core alignment work for next year. Thank you!!!

  8. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I just get bogged down looking for stuff and before you know it, it is midnight, and I accomplished nothing. You are awesome!

  9. Geoff,
    You’ve done an awesome job creating a great resource for teachers. In my work as a math consultant, I’ve shared with teachers many of the resources you have put together, but have not taken the time to organize it like you have, which makes the list so much more user-friendly. I really appreciate your taking the time to organize the tasks into a curriculum document… even assigning the number of days for each unit…and then freely sharing it. Thank you for your valuable contribution to the mathtwitterblogosphere! I’ll share the good news on my blog http://www.watsonmath.com.

  10. This is completely awesome!! Obviously a math mind at work organizing. I’m already excited to try some of the great lessons you have posted. Thanks so much! and thanks to dy/Dan for posting on his blog.

  11. Thanks for this resource. We are working on getting our math curriculum CC aligned and inquiry-based with technology support in Iowa and this will help us immensely!

  12. Thank you very much! My former, current, and future credential candidates will benefit from your efforts as I am sending them to this site!! Thanks again!

  13. This is an amazing resource. I have started doing the same thing for 5th grade, but your set up is much cleaner. Here is the link to my Gdoc for grade 5, any chance your making one for fifth grade and could use these resources for it? http://goo.gl/ZMAUP Or do you have PBL’s for grade 5 I could put on my GDoc? Thanks again.

  14. This is awesome! I passed it on to my department and will work to include as much of these awesome resources as possible! Where are the curriculum maps you have at the top of each one from? Or did you make those?

    1. I used or modified them from some documents I picked up at some conference. I’m not 100% sure where they originated, but it was a Gates convening, so I’m guessing somewhere near that orbit.

  15. It’s true. Some of the Prob & Stat standards didn’t make it in to any of the HS courses. I’m considering reorganizing or just adding a section at the end of Algebra 2. Or adding it to the Integrated courses, as that’s where my heart is at this point.

  16. These curricul maps are fabulous! Do you know a resource for project/problem based learning for a high school Probability and Ststistics course?

      1. I echo Abby and mpullen, 3rd to 5th would be terrific! Thank you for all you have done. Even though I work in elementary, I have shared your page with district math folks to share with our middle and high school folks.

  17. Geoff, would you mind if I posted these resource for teachers in Wake County Public Schools?
    I work in Special Education Math Instruction and Assessment and this looks VERY useful.
    Any other resources that may be valuable for special education teachers in resource or in-class resource math classrooms (K-12)?

    1. Go for it, Justin. Unfortunately, other than the usual tips and tricks regarding SPED Math I haven’t curated any resources, but that might be a nice thing to do one of these days.

  18. Thanks Geoff! You have done a great job of capturing great PBL resources. Much appreciated.

  19. This is such an amazing resource, thank you, thank you thank you! I have been able to tweak a few of these to go along with 5th grade!

  20. I’m so excited I found this resource. I’m glad to see all of the possibilities of problem based learning that align with Common Core. I’ll be coming back once I have my own math class. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Thank you so much… this makes me happy. This tool for finding great problems is what I’ve been looking for. There is so much stuff out there and this makes it easier to find the good stuff!

  22. I am so excited I found your website. I will be teaching a 3-5 grade and a 6-8 grade class next year. I have the freedom to develop my own hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum, but that is an overwhelming task! I’ve found a lot of great ideas but really needed to see a way to pull it all together for the year. Your curriculum maps are very helpful!

  23. Hello Geoff. I was part of a professional development today where I heard Robert Kaplinsky speak. He did an amazing job and he referenced your work with Common core several times. He said you had worked with every grade levels common core standards but I don’t see any lower grades, below 4th. Do you plan on doing any work with K-3? I’m curious to see what you do with the lower grades.

  24. Hi Geoff,
    The google docs spreadsheets linked above contain tasks created by some of the excellent folks who revised the Georgia mathematics units. Each unit, K-12, now contains at least one 3-act task. They can be found here: http://ccgpsmathematicsk-5.wikispaces.com/2014+Units+and+Grade+Level+Overviews
    We’ve also got a (non-comprehensive, but a decent start) guide to 3-Acts, here: http://ccgpsmathematicsk-5.wikispaces.com/How+to+teach+math
    Hope this is useful. Thanks for all you’ve done! Terrific work. Very helpful.
    Turtle

    1. Hi Anna, I’d like to make a CCSS Pre-Cal curriculum map as well. Got a sample scope and sequence I could look at?

      Problem is, CCSS doesn’t really attempt to address Post-Algebra 2 standards. That makes Pre-Cal vary wildly from class to class. Pre-Cal is this weird, existential class: is it post-Algebra 2? Is it Trg? Is it preparation for derivatives and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus? It often ends up being some mish-mash of things, and CCSS certainly don’t aid in that confusion. I’ll do some digging, but please don’t hesitate to let me know of a good, usable Pre-Cal scope and sequence.

  25. This stuff looks amazing, thank you! I am a homeschool mom and I want to use this with my kiddos. Can I follow these maps as their sole curriculum? Or are they designed to supplement their books? Thanks for your input on the best way I can implement this! – Stephanie

  26. This is beautifully done. I think there are enough resources out there for K, 1, and 2 to join the mix. I don’t suppose you’ve been working away on curriculum maps for primary? Seems to me that Wyborney SPLATS, Open Middle, Illustrative Mathematics, and G. Fletchy all have K, 1, and 2 categories. Will curriculum maps for each be in my future?

  27. Hi Geoff, I was wondering if you have seen the Youcubed website. They have rich tasks for all grades. Warmly, Lily

    1. Hi Lily, I have – there’s a few youcubed them sprinkled throughout. It’s difficult to pin down the grade or content of those tasks (which is what makes them excellent tasks!).

  28. Any updates on 2nd grade map? I can’t wait to use this resource to help me survive this year. 🙂 Thank you for being so awesome!

  29. Geoff,

    I was literally in the process of creating my own similar curriculum map for our math team (and myself) after seeing and using such resources from Robert, Graham, Dan, etc. But then I stumbled upon this gem of yours after Robert shared it online. Thank you for doing this work and getting it started; it’ll only continue to grow.

  30. This has saved me! I just moved into an elementary position from a high school inclusion position. Math being my weakness, I have been stressing on how to teach in a way that the students can make sense of the math. This is an awesome resource! Thank you.

  31. I’m new to teaching 6th grade standards this year. I want to use your curriculum map. I’m curious about the rational behind teaching 6.NS.5 before the preceding 6.NS.1-4? I’d love some clarification since I’m learning! Thanks.

    1. Great question. I’ll do my best to answer, but please know that the sequence is my interpretation of the standards. The CCSS aren’t necessarily in chronological order of when they ought to appear in a course. I started by grouping standards into potential themes or units, and then placed the units. With that in mind, I felt the topic of rational numbers & absolute value were better off placed before Fractions and Decimals. To me Fractions and Decimals are better for a second or third unit of the year, rather than right off the bat. And because I had grouped NS.5 with Rational Numbers and Absolute Value it ended up in the first unit.

      Hope that helps. It’s my best interpretation of the standards and I’m sure many schools place them in different order.

      1. That makes sense. Thank you for the quick response. I am so excited to use your curriculum maps for the other grade levels I teach this year.

  32. I found you through Robert Kaplinsky’s site. These resources are AMAZING! Many thanks for your countless hours of effort! Any chance you’ll develop 2nd grade?

    1. I’ve been kicking around the idea for some time now. I feel like I need a few more tasks to make it truly worthy of a full curriculum map. Stay tuned though!

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