Standards-aligned Mathematics Lessons Using Technology as a Tool

presented by Suzanne Alejandre

at the NCTM Annual Meeting
Realizing the Vision of School Mathematics
Las Vegas, Nevada
Session 272
Marco Polo 702 - at the Venetian
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Monday, April 22, 2002

NCTM 2002: Math Forum Presentations

Description of the Workshop:
Insight will be provided into how units, lessons and activities on the Math Forum site can be used in a Standards-based classroom.


Suzanne's Mathematics Lessons are middle school activities, lesson plans, and units aligned to NCTM (and local) Standards that have been developed since 1995. As I started writing and using these lessons with middle school students I tried to follow these guidelines and include lessons that:

  1. are completely aligned to the seventh grade CA Mathematics Standards and NCTM Middle Grades Standards
  2. offer a combination of manipulatives, technology, and paper/pencil activities
  3. use the computer and the Internet as tools
  4. are of sufficient length to engage students fully
  5. can be presented using several strategies

Standards-aligned 7th Grade Mathematics
example: Week Six/Seven

A Primary Example:

At the Math Forum's 2000 Summer Institute Varnelle Moore and I started a collaboration to write primary mathematics lessons aligned to Pennsylvania Mathematics Standards and NCTM Pre-K-2 Standards. Her lessons include four types of activities:

  1. interactive, manipulative-based projects
  2. technology
  3. paper/pencil practice
  4. literature connections

Varnelle Moore's Primary Math Activities

Other areas to explore:

Suzanne's Mathematics Lessons
Lessons originally written for middle grades students and organized by the content standards.

Teacher Exchange
The Teacher Exchange is a combination of Web Units and Lessons page and the idea of encouraging the mathematics education community to contribute their own lessons. Materials are organized first according to the NCTM-defined grade level bands, and within grade levels by the content standards.

ESCOT Problems of the Week
The ESCOT Problems of the Week were developed as part of a three-year grant and include interactive Java applets.

Problems Library
An archive of the six Problem of the Week (Elementary, Middle, Algebra, Geometry, Discrete Math, Trig/Calc) for browsing by mathematics and story topic.

Problems of the Week
The Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) are designed to provide creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through twelve. Problem-solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem.

A resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics.
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