Getting Started

Type of Unit: Introduction

Prior Knowledge

Students should be able to:

  • Solve and write numerical equations for whole number addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.
  • Use parentheses to evaluate numerical expressions.
  • Identify and use the properties of operations.

Lesson Flow

In this unit, students are introduced to the rituals and routines that build a successful classroom math community and they are introduced to the basic features of the digital course that they will use throughout the year.

An introductory card sort activity matches students with their partner for the week. Then over the course of the week, students learn about the lesson routines: Opening, Work Time, Ways of Thinking, Apply the Learning, Summary of the Math, and Reflection. Students learn how to present their work to the class, the importance of taking responsibility for their own learning, and how to effectively participate in the classroom math community.

Students then work on Gallery problems to further explore the program’s technology resources and tools and learn how to organize their work.

The mathematical work of the unit focuses on numerical expressions, including card sort activities in which students identify equivalent expressions and match an expression card to a word card that describes its meaning. Students use the properties of operations to identify equivalent expressions and to find unknown values in equations.

Material Type:
Unit of Study
Middle School
Statistics, Numerical Expressions, Algebra, Geometry, Word Problems, Proportions, Equivalent Expressions, Adult Education, Gallery, Properties of Operations, Number Line, Parentheses, 6th Grade Mathematics, Ratios, Problem-Solving, Mathematics, Expressions, Equations, Brackets
  • Expression Icebreaker cards (one card for each student). Print out, cut apart, and laminate if desired.
Unit 0 Getting Started
Getting Started

Education Standards (28)