Tools for Success

The resources below were developed to introduce you to this program and provide you with an individualized approach to using Exemplars problem-solving tasks. Our supplemental math material may be used enrich instruction, assessment and professional development. We encourage you to download and share these resources with your colleagues.

1. Planning

Depth of Knowledge Levels for MathematicsMore

The four Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels are defined.

Content Standard ClassificationMore

Each content standard has been classified in one of three ways throughout Problem Solving for the Common Core.

Preliminary Planning SheetsMore

A Preliminary Planning Sheet is included with each task. This guide provides an essential tool in lesson preparation.

Understanding the Different Task TypesMore

The problem-solving tasks in this program have been classified as either an instructional task/formative assessment or as a summative assessment.

About This Program More

Problem Solving for the Common Core is a supplemental math program.

2. Instruction

Understanding Differentiated Tasks More

The instructional/formative assessment tasks in Problem Solving for Common Core have been differentiated to include a “more accessible” and a “more challenging” version of the original problem.

Understanding Mathematical ConnectionsMore

What is a mathematical connection? Why are they important? Why are they considered part of the Exemplars rubric criteria?

Tips for Using Exemplars in Your ClassroomMore

Listed below are some basic ideas for getting your students off on the right foot with Exemplars.

The Problem-Solving StepsMore

Listed below are a set of problem-solving steps that we recommend teachers use with their students. These steps can be posted and taught to students when using Exemplars tasks for instructional purposes.

How Do I Teach Students to Make Representations?More

Listed below are some suggestions and resources for teaching your students how to make math representations.

Promoting Student Use of Mathematical LanguageMore

Listed below are some ideas and activities for promoting the use of math language in the classroom.

3. Assessment

Using Anchor Papers and Scoring Rationales More

Each summative assessment task in this program includes student anchor papers and scoring rationales.

About Exemplars RubricsMore

Exemplars offers rubrics that are designed to help both teachers and students understand what’s required to meet the standard.

Using the Assessment RubricMore

Exemplars assessment rubric supports the Standards for Mathematical Practice and provides teachers with clear guidelines for evaluating student work and providing meaningful feedback.

Using Student Portfolios More

Throughout the school year, Exemplars encourages teachers to keep two student portfolios. The first could be either a pocket folder or binder...

Scribing at the Primary Level More

Teachers can capture the mathematical reasoning of non-writing students by ‘scribing” their oral explanations.

Ways To Keep The Assessment Pure (And Still Get Good Thinking From Students)More

Below are some suggestions for assessing students’ work.

Examples of Effective Feedback to StudentsMore

Below are some examples of effective feedback that you can give your students when working on Exemplars tasks.

4. Classroom Resources

Assessment Rubric
Assessment Rubric, 6-8
Classroom Rubric Posters
Examples of Effective Student Feedback
Exemplars Rubric Crosswalk with the Mathematical Practices
Grade Appropriate Math Representations, K–5
Problem Solving Hand
Problem Solving Hand (Spanish)
Problem Solving Procedure
Problem Solving Procedure (Spanish)
Student Rubric
Student Rubric (Spanish)
The Burger Rubric
Types of Math Representations

5. Supplemental Material

Grid Paper (1/2 inch)
Grid Paper (1/4 inch)
Grid Paper (3/4 inch)
Grid Paper (one Inch)
Number Lines (Blank)
Number Lines (Numbered)
Pattern Blocks (Color)
Pattern Blocks (Outlines)
Prelminary Planning Sheet (Blank)
Triangle Sheet Paper

6. Videos

Fifth Grade Modeling Session
Fourth Grade Modeling Session
Kindergarten Modeling Session
Learning to Self-Assess, Grade 2
Reviewing Student Work with the Exemplars Rubric
Second Grade Modeling Session
The Origin of Exemplars Rubric Performance Levels
Third Grade Modeling Session
Webinar – How to Do Rich Math Tasks Remotely
Word Problems vs. Problem Solving

7. Remote Learning

Webinar: How To Do Rich Math Tasks RemotelyMore

We know that rich problem-solving tasks promote deep mathematical learning. So let us share what we’ve learned about how to use them effectively in a remote environment.

Webinar: 15 Technologies To Do Rich Tasks, K–5More

The Problem Solving Procedure is at the heart of Exemplars. You can teach it remotely, and digital tools can help. Watch our on-demand webinars for grades K-2 and 3-5 to explore a range of technologies that can keep your students engaged throughout the problem-solving process.

Remote Lesson Ideas and ResourcesMore

Try our lesson plans, reusable slide decks, sample student responses, and interactive self-assessment tools with your school’s LMS as part of your in-person or remote instruction.

For Google Classroom: Assessment RubricMore

Do you use Google Classroom with your students? Use this ready-made resource to link Exemplars Assessment Rubric to a Google Classroom Assignment.

New Features for Remote and Blended LearningMore

Check out all of the new resources and features in Exemplars Math Library to help educators and students be successful in every learning environment.

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