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Join a Regional Math Specialist for a virtual book study. The book will be provided for FREE to the first 20 participants by the Idaho Regional Math Center, for those from Regions 5 & 6 and that complete the course expectations. You must be a current K-12 Idaho teacher to receive the book.       

6-8 and HS CCSS Companion

Book: 6-8 and HS CCSS Companion


  • Tuesday, September 15, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 22, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, September 29, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 6, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 13, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom
  • Tuesday, October 20, 4:00p-5:00p, Zoom

The Common Core Companion Books for 6-8 & High School

About 6-8 CCSS Companion

In this resource, you can see in an instant how teaching to your state standards should look and sound in the classroom. Under the premise that math is math, the authors provide a Cross-Referencing Index for states implementing their own specific mathematics standards, allowing you to see and understand which page number to turn to for standards-based teaching ideas.

It’s all here, page by page:

  • Get the inside scoop on which standards connect, what key vocabulary means, and time-saving tables showing where to focus instruction for each grade
  • Write curriculum for: ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and statistics & probability
  • Use the What to Teach pages to deliver powerful standards-based lessons
  • Learn effective techniques to create an environment where all students can experience math break-throughs
  • Incorporate the Standards for Mathematical Practice to improve students’ ability to problem solve, construct viable arguments, use tools strategically, attend to precision, and more
  • Cross-referenced index listing the standards in the following states, explaining what is unique to the standards of each state

Your Mathematics Standards Companion is your one-stop guide for teaching, planning, assessing, collaborating, and designing powerful mathematics curriculum.

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About HS CCSS Companion

When it comes to mathematics, standards aligned is achievement aligned…

In the short time since The Common Core Mathematics Companions for grades K–2, 3–5 and 6–8 burst on the scene, they have been lauded as the best resources for making critical mathematics ideas easy to teach. With this brand-new volume, high school mathematics success is at your fingertips.

Page by page, the authors lay out the pieces of an in-depth explanation, including

  • The mathematical progression of each conceptual category, starting with modeling as a unifying theme, and moving through number & quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability, building from the 8th grade standards
  • The mathematics embedded in each conceptual category for a deeper understanding of the content
  • How standards connect within and across domains, and to previous grade standards, so teachers can better appreciate how they relate
  • How standards connect with the standards for mathematical practice, with a focus on modeling as a unifying theme
  • Example tasks, progressions of tasks, and descriptions of what teachers and students should be doing to foster deep learning

The Common Core Mathematics Companion: The Standards Decoded, High School has what every high school teacher needs to provide students with the foundation for the concepts and skills they will be expected to know.

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Routines for Reasoning

Book: Routines for Reasoning


  • Wednesday's, February 3, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 10, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 17, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 24, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, March 3, 4:00-5:00, Zoom
  • Wednesday's, February 10, 4:00-5:00, Zoom

Routines for Reasoning Book

About Routines for Reasoning

Routines can keep your classroom running smoothly. Now imagine having a set of routines focused not on classroom management, but on helping students develop their mathematical thinking skills. Routines for Reasoning provides expert guidance for weaving the Standards for Mathematical Practice into your teaching by harnessing the power of classroom-tested instructional routines.

Grace Kelemanik, Amy Lucenta, and Susan Janssen Creighton have applied their extensive experience teaching mathematics and supporting teachers to crafting routines that are practical teaching and learning tools, including:

  • Capturing Quantities: encouraging abstract and quantitative reasoning
  • Connecting Representations: noticing and using mathematical structure
  • Recognizing Repetition: developing repeated reasoning skills
  • Three Reads: starting and sustaining thinking in problem solving situations

Each routine provides a familiar, accessible structure that supports repeated use until the steps to follow, thinking skills to employ, and questions to ask become automatic—enabling all students to engage more fully in learning opportunities while building crucial mathematical thinking habits.

“Teaching students to think and reason is perhaps the greatest challenge we face as math educators,” the authors remind us, “and these routines provide clear pathways to do so.” Far beyond simply a collection of strategies, Routines for Reasoning provides significant support for getting started with these routines, incorporating them into the rhythm of your classroom, and ultimately building toward student independence.

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  • Read all chapters
  • Attend all discussion sessions
  • For each chapter, write a short reflection about something that you tried out in your classroom.
  • If you don't want the credit, you're still welcome to participate. 


Can I get credit?

Yes. You will have the option of registering for 1 optional credit through Idaho State University. A registration link will be sent to you after the first class session.

How much is the book?

If you complete the course requirements the book will be provided to you at no charge. (FREE)

If you want to participate but do not want to complete the course expectations, you may purchase the book yourself, or one can be provided with the understanding that you will return it to the Idaho Regional Math Center.

What are the course expectations?

  • Read all chapters
  • Attend all discussion sessions
  • For each chapter (10), write a short reflection about something that you tried out in your classroom.
  • If you don't want the credit, you're still welcome to participate.

Can my whole team participate?

Absolutely. Each person needs to complete the registration.

Can my whole school participate?

Please contact for more information about hosting a site-based book study.

What if I don't have a device or camera to join in?

You can choose to join in through a phone call or we have webcams available for checkout for the book study period.

Can I participate asynchronously?

Not at this time. The discussions occur live via a collaborative conferencing software.