Open Up Resources 6–8 Math is authored by Illustrative Mathematics. The Illustrative Mathematics team has extensive experience with materials creation based on years of providing free K–12 materials and resources.
Each lesson is designed for a 45–50 minute class period.
Each grade has 9 units comprised of 11–22 lessons. Every lesson includes 2–3 activities.
Yes. The following assessments are included in every unit:
Since our teacher materials contain student assessments and answer keys, we only grant full access to validated K–12 educators. This policy is part of our commitment to our partners and educators to do everything we can to prevent students from gaining assessment access.
All activities are directly aligned to standards. Each lesson is aligned by means of its activities, and the practice problems are aligned by means of the lesson. A lesson is intended to be a sequence of activities that cumulatively address the standards.
Yes. Our curricula carry a CC BY license, which means others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon our work—including assessments—as long as they credit the authors for the original creation. Learn more about our license here.
We do! Support for teachers and district teams is an essential success factor. The student-centered classroom approach—for which our curriculum was designed—represents an impactful practice shift. To foster success, we offer a comprehensive suite of PL options. Learn more here.
The order of units was chosen so that concepts can be developed in a coherent way, with a priority on covering major work of the grade as early as possible and developing skills that benefit from long-term, ongoing practice.
When considering a change in unit order, it’s important to consider the original flow of the curriculum as much as possible, so various components do not lose impact. For example, distributed practice, pre-unit diagnostics and end-unit assessments can still be used, but slight modifications may be necessary. Procedural fluency is built into the activities and practice problems in a progressive manner as students move through the units. Conceptual development of concepts also builds over time through a progression of units and is a consideration when choosing and ordering the units as well. We recommend consulting the Unit Dependency Chart, designed by Illustrative Mathematics, when contemplating the order of units.
The supporting work of the grade provides students with more opportunity to solidify conceptual understanding and build fluency for the major work of the grade. For example: Unit 1 in sixth grade is Area and Surface Area, which is supporting work of the grade. This unit reviews arithmetic and provides a context and application for work in Units 4 and 5, Operations and Fractions.
At the beginning of each lesson, a narrative describes the lesson’s goals and addresses how these goals will be accomplished. A similar narrative is also included in each lesson’s subsequent activities. MPs are included in these narratives, including descriptions of how students will experience or practice them.
While our website does not include an online testing system, the curriculum is available in Common Cartridge (LTI) format, which can be uploaded into various LMS programs that facilitate online testing.
Yes! Every unit in the curriculum includes a section called Family Materials, which describes in plain language the big ideas students will encounter. These resources offer an overview of the mathematics your child is learning, detail what to expect as the learning deepens, and include questions that promote conversation around the math.
Yes! The second edition of Open Up Resources 6–8 Math is available in English and Spanish.
The materials needed for the curriculum are listed on the site in the Teacher Guide. To find them, go to https://access.openupresources.org/curricula/our6-8math, select your grade, log in, and select “Course Guide.” Next, click the “About These Materials” option on the left and scroll up.
You also might be interested in our math kits – they provide the materials so that you can spend your time planning instruction rather than gathering materials. You can find lists of the included materials here. If you’re interested in the math kits, ask for information about our pricing.
Our program comes complete with:
Yes! We are currently beta piloting our high school math materials. If you are interested in participating in our beta pilot for high school, please contact us for more information.
Our math programs are designed for full-course use as a core program to support an aligned, coherent progression within and across grades.
Student materials have been enhanced with the following:
Teacher materials have been enhanced with the following:
Layout AND Design transformed for an improvement in user experience on Digital and Print for both teacher and student!
ALL materials have also been fully translated and available in Spanish.
Our curricula are accessible on any device via your web browser, and we are compatible with all recent versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.
We do! The digital edition of our curriculum includes GeoGebra and Desmos applets developed explicitly for our program.
There’s a good chance we do! We integrate with most major LMS systems via Common Cartridge (LTI). Let us know which LMS you’re using and we’ll discuss our integration.
Yes! The first edition of Open Up Resources 6–8 Math is freely available in Microsoft OneNote. Contact us for more information.
Common Cartridge will be available in Fall 2019. Please request access here to stay up to date on our Common Cartridge release date.