Designing a Plan to Get the Most out of Curriculum Supports

Focus Area: OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math


Phase: Targeted Support

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The IM K-5 Math curriculum materials are designed to support each student to take risks, engage in mathematical discourse, and productively struggle through problems. There are 20 math routines consistently embedded in lesson materials that can provide a scaffold to help any student to engage with and make sense of the core ideas. With the way the IM lessons are structured, the embedded routines, the centers aligned with each lesson and the exploration problems at the end of each unit section, all students can be successful and enjoy grade level math content without a separate intervention block. In this workshop, participants will: 

  • Define the key instructional routines & supports that can help students access the math 
  • Explore the routines & supports in the context of lessons from the grade level they teach
  • Build a plan for prioritizing a particular routine or approach that will best serve their specific students 


This workshop is designed for educators who have already had a structured opportunity to explore the basics of the curriculum design and have begun teaching with the curriculum materials. Teachers should be familiar with the day-to-day experience of the curriculum in order to get the most out of “going deeper” into this kind of exploration. 


  • 6 hours 
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access, as well as access to their curriculum materials


I integrate supports that enable all students to access key math concepts.

Learning Experience


  • Define the range of strengths and needs that students bring to the classroom
  • Define the key instructional routines that can help students access the math
    • Invitational routines used in lesson warm-ups
    • Math Language Routines used in lesson activities
    • Card Sorts
    • The 5 Practices for Orchestrating Effective Mathematics Discussions


  • Explore the Math Language Routines in the context of specific lessons
  • Explore the use of Centers to support different students in different stages of fluency development
  • Explore the “Exploration” extension problems, and how to make them available to any and all interested students


  • Build a plan for using a specific routine or approach that will best serve their specific students
  • Role play the introduction of the routine for a small group of colleagues