Launching the OUR K-5/ IM K-5 Math Curriculum

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


Phase: Launch

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This workshop is designed to serve as your learning community’s introduction to the IM K-5 Math curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into the curriculum from a student perspective. They will use this experience to explore how this curriculum is 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 Unit 1 of the curriculum with their students


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.


  • 6 hours
  • 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 

During the workshop, participants will…


  • Define the “problem-based” approach to math instruction and how it can support student learning, ownership, and confidence


  • Explore the way activities, lessons, and units are structured in the K-5 Math curriculum and how these structures can support students to make meaning of the mathematics
  • Explore how the various teacher and student materials are organized on the curriculum website


  • Build a plan for teaching Unit 1 of the curriculum in a way that will support students to engage productively and to enjoy learning the key ideas