Planning Activities with the 5 Practices (OUR Math 6-8)

Focus Area: Open Up Resources Math K-8


Phase: Targeted Support

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The 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions provide teachers with a framework for intentionally soliciting student thinking and organizing specific student ideas in a discussion that supports all students in the class to develop their conceptual understanding. This work is complex, however, the curriculum embeds guidance in it for teachers to engage students in these practices. In this 2-hour virtual workshop, teachers are introduced to the 5 Practices and how they are intentionally integrated into lessons.

This workshop can be turned into a 3-session series that provides teachers with the chance to try out the activities they plan in between meetings and then come back together to share their learnings and collaborate around further plans as they dive deeper into each practice.

This workshop can be taken as a stand alone or as part of a series that explores all 5 Practices. Explore all sessions of this series below:


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


I create an environment that supports students to collaborate and communicate about their math thinking.

Learning Experience

  • Define: The 5 Practices, how they are embedded in the curriculum materials, and how they support the curriculum’s goals for problem-based learning
  • Explore: The experience of the 5 Practices from the student perspective and how the 5 Practices framework can support both student-centered participation and conceptual understanding in math class
  • Build: A plan for orchestrating the discussion of an upcoming curriculum activity using the 5 Practices