Diving Into a Unit

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


Pathway: Understanding

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This 3-workshop series is designed to serve as your learning community’s introduction to the OUR K-5 Math or Illustrative Mathematics K-5 Math curriculums. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into the curriculum from a student perspective. They will use this experience to explore how the OUR and IM K-5 Math curriculums are designed for a problem-based approach to math instruction, and reflect on the implications this approach has on their current teaching practices. The group will work together to develop comfort with the design and structure of curricular resources, and confidence around planning effectively. This Launch prioritizes an understanding of the goals of the curriculum, and how it can support all learners to develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency over time. Participants will:  

  • Define the key characteristics of a problem-based math curriculum and contrast these characteristics with other approaches
  • Explore the structure of an IM activity, lesson, and unit
  • Explore the instructional routines, assessments, and centers built into the curriculum
  • Build a plan for implementing the curriculum with their students

This workshop is part of a series. Explore the other workshop sessions below:


This workshop is designed for educators who are in the process of transitioning to this K-5 Math Curriculum. It would also be worthwhile for educators in their first year of implementation who have not yet had a structured opportunity to explore the basics of the curriculum design.


  • Three 2-hour sessions
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access


I use the curriculum resources and structures to teach math with a problem-based approach.

Learning Experience 

Session C: Diving Into a Unit


  • Understand that units are structured in sections that build learning over time. 
  • Use the narratives and assessments to define the learning goals of a unit.


  • Explore the components of a section that support student learning: checkpoints, centers, practice problems.
  • Understand that fluency development is embedded in lessons and centers, not a separate component.


  • Plan for a unit section using the section components. 
  • Explore the BetterLesson resources that support planning.