Common Core Math

Common Core math can be as confusing as the question to the left. It's a different format from the way many adults learned years ago. There are many resources available online. The curriculum resources from our textbook adoptions are available below.

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core State Standards:

K - 6th grade roadmaps area all available here.

The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-5. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

***The Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core State Standards may be reprinted or posted online for non-commercial purposes without the Council’s prior consent. Please include attribution to the Council of the Great City Schools.

There are HOMEWORK HELPER VIDEOS made by Duane Habecker of Pleasanton Unified School District on YouTube. They're organized by grade level, module, and lesson for grades 1 - 5. They're probably the best online resource I've found to date. Duane has gone to great extents to help teachers and families. We're grateful to him for sharing his excellent efforts!

Eureka Math is our current math adoption for grades K - 5. The parent support page has videos and individualized module tip sheets for parents to familiarize you with the BIG IDEAS in each module. There are also HOMEWORK HELPERS with example problems for the first three modules of grades K - 5 found on the same page. One video is embedded here, and there are numerous others on the parent support page, as well as on youtube to help you further understand common core math concepts.

Math Fluency Through Games

We all know how much more fun learning is when you play games. These resources from North Carolina and Eureka Math are great ways to break up the stress of memorizing facts while having fun. Click on the books to select the grade level.

Click on the grade level of your child to find math fluency games to play together.

Our district has adopted Carnegie Math for 6th grade. This textbook adoption is utilized up through 12th grade in our district. The Home Connection Resource Center is the parent resource for our 6th grade curriculum.

3 Key COMMON CORE Ideas for Parents:

1. Common Core standards are about THINKING DEEPLY.

The Common Core emphasizes critical thinking. It requires students to analyze more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more and explain their thinking & understanding deeply, especially in writing.


Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out.

2. It's also about INTEGRATED LEARNING.

The Common Core emphasizes learning across disciplines (reading with math & social studies standards combined into one task). Students spend more time working together with different settings, structures & tools.


Problems & solutions happen everyday in the real world.

3. Showing HOW THEY KNOW

The Common Core emphasizes proof & evidence. Long gone are the days of worksheets, fact memorizations and skill & drill. Students are not taught this way and they are not assessed this way.


The new tests will require students to EXPLAIN HOW THEY KNOW.

Here are ways you can support the Common Core at home

1 Ask *why* when children tell you they want something or want to do or not do something.

2 Use the word *because* after “No” or “Not tonight...”

3 Give reasons--you to them and them to you.

4 Encourage questions & explore answers (especially questions whose answers are not yes or no.)

5 Explain & discuss issues or problems in your house, neighborhood, & community. Brainstorm solutions.

6 Compare how things are alike and different-videos, movies, food.

7 Look for patterns

8 Describe & categorize stuff.

9 Tell your children what you value & why.

10 Encourage & celebrate opinions. CC - 2013, by Jen Jones & Kate Duty