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There is an abundance of math open educational resources on the Web. So many, in fact, that Education Week asked, "Why is There More Open Content for Math than English?"

Common Core is driving a lot of the growth in open education production and curation, with new databases and sources popping up left and right. It can be overwhelming to wade through everything, and find a source that works for your classroom. With that in mind, here are some math open education resources for elementary educators.

A Few More to Check Out

  • Khan Academy Common Core Map: It’s a challenge to find specific lessons that align with Common Core proficiencies. Khan Academy’s Common Core Map takes the guess work out that, providing an overview of processes and proficiencies with links to their aligned, web-based lessons. Khan’s Common Core resource page is another great source.
  • Share My Lesson Common Core Database: Share My Lesson hosts an extremely comprehensive collection of aligned lesson plans from a variety of sources. Not only are lessons broken down by process and proficiency, they’re all free and there’s a huge number of them from favorite sources like Sesame Street. (Note: Using Share My Lesson does require signing up for a free membership.)
  • Free Lessons from K-5 Math Teaching Resources: This is another site that has taken the guess work out of finding Common Core process-aligned resources. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive pool of K-5 math resources organized by grade level, and all are available as PDF download.
  • Teaching Channel Common Core Video Series: The Teaching Channel’s videos provide an amazing in-classroom look at the Common Core in practice. For grades K-5, Teaching Channel has produced more than 70 videos, covering both math and English lessons. You’ll also find some great overview videos that will help answer general questions about implementing the new standards.
  • Free Lessons from LearnZillion: I’ve written about LearnZillion before, but I’ve included their open ed resource database in this list, because it features some valuable Common Core-aligned math lessons for grades 2-6. Not to mention, this is a growing website, so expect more 2-6 lessons in the future, as well as kindergarten and first-grade resources.
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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

This is a great set of resources! Can I add a few more:

Merrimack Valley School District k-5 wiki
This is the product of a math institute we conducted last summer with the Merrimack Valley School District. It's a wiki of tools and resources for k-5 math created by and for teachers.

K-5 Math Teaching Resources

Illustrative Math has some great tools and resources

Smithfield Public School- another set of resources created by and for teachers

Achieve the Core is a wealth of resources for Math & ELA

There's a whole shelf of Livebinders on the topic too!

Jim Kelly's picture
Jim Kelly
Providing OER resource links to improve k-12th grade mathematics.

Beyond the obvious of not selecting a teaching approach that you (as teacher) are not comfortable with, be aware of how your learners may respond to the approach. Be aware of lessons that sound so "mathematical" that you assume it is perfect for your second grade learner to learn a specific math concept this way. Put yourself in your learner position when selecting materials.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager

Wow, Laura. There's a wealth of resources in those links. Thank you for sharing!

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Thanks Samer! I think there are a lot of good resources out there. Sometimes I worry there are too many, in fact- it can be hard to find exactly what one is looking for! (I've been encouraging my clients to start Pinterest boards where they can create their own, personalized collections for the own classrooms, grade level teams, or schools. This isn't a one-size-fits-all process, that's for sure!)

Leesa Johnson's picture
Leesa Johnson
Leesa Johnson is a Marketing Manager at Select My Tutor

Hi Matt, great post where I came to know about open resources of Education.

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