The CCSS and PBL

In the age of standardized testing and with the move toward the Common Core for the majority of states, the driving question for many teachers is: “How can I best prepare my students to meet these demands?” While core content area teachers feel the most impact, with math and English Language Arts being the most scrutinized, Common Core makes it the responsibility of all teachers to ensure our students are meeting proficient and advanced standards. One of the best ways to share the responsibility for Common Core is for teachers to design interdisciplinary Project Based Learning units. In addition to serving as an authentic purpose for the math and ELA skills in the Common Core, PBL, no matter what content area is the focus, promotes the acquisition of critical thinking skills needed by students.

Common Core and Math

Check out the tree below to get an idea of how the middle school math content in the Common Core fits together for 7th and 8th grade. Clusters of standards are indented once, while the standards themselves are indented twice.

Click on one of the blue links to see problems and exercises related to a cluster or standard, often broken out by the specific skills that standard encompasses. If there’s no link for a standard, that means Opus doesn’t have any problems for it yet. New content appears all of the time, so if you don’t find what you want, please check back soon—or drop us a note by clicking “Contact Us” in the bottom right, and we’ll get right back to you. You can also upload Word documents or PDFs to put your own problems in the bank.