Designing Strategic Unit and Lesson Plans

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


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IM K-5 units are designed to tell a mathematical story that helps students explore concepts and develop number sense over time. To bring this to life, teachers need to understand the learning progression of a unit and how the lessons are sequenced to help students build fluency. In this workshop, participants will: 

  • Define the structure of a unit in the IM K-5 Curriculum
  • Explore the coherent learning progression of a unit of their choice
  • Explore a lesson in depth to identify the learning purpose of each activity and think through pacing
  • Build a plan for teaching the unit they explored, with a focus on the learning progression


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 leverage the curriculum’s problem-based structures to plan meaningful learning experiences for my students.

Learning Experience

Over the course of the workshop, participants will…


  • Define the impact of internalizing curriculum goals on a teacher’s ability to make strategic day-to-day instructional decisions to fully meet the needs of their students
  • Define the goals of a specific unit of choice from the IM K-5 curriculum


  • Explore the structure of the sections within the unit of choice, and how the progression of lessons supports students in reaching unit goals
  • Explore a specific lesson from the unit in depth as an example of how each lesson is designed for students to make connections and continue to build layers of understanding
  • Explore the practice problem and center materials available within the unit and how they can support different student needs


  • A plan for teaching the unit explored, including how to respond to potential challenges
  • A plan for working collaboratively to internalize other units in the future