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Common Core State Standards Lessons

October 27, 2021


Common Core State Standards Lessons

Teacher-designed math lessons and math lesson plans strengthen Common Core readiness.
Our curriculum and instructional designers are National Board Certified teachers who work with our technologists to create easy-to-implement ways of supporting the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The DreamBox math lessons and math lesson plans they’ve designed provide instruction that supports and develops the math skills and concepts outlined in the CCSSM:

  • Counting and Cardinality
  • Comparing, Operations, and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Number and Operations in Fractions


Visual reinforcement of key math concepts. Our virtual manipulatives are web-based tools that help students more easily grasp math concepts in visual terms, and give them hands-on opportunities to manipulate the objects to construct mathematical knowledge. Today, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recommends the use of manipulatives to teach math at all grade levels and to teach from the NCTM standards: problem solving, communicating, reasoning, connections, and estimation.
Engaging, rigorous math lessons leverage the power of virtual manipulatives to support mathematical thinking and the Standards for Mathematical Practice by:

  • Creating an ideal environment for students to express their thinking, share their strategies, and defend their own work
  • Providing a digital environment that allows exploration of math concepts anytime, anywhere
  • Allowing multiple ways to arrive at a solution

Reinforcement for students who need it. Educational research suggests that the most valuable learning happens when students actively construct their own mathematical understanding. The essential abstract concepts can be difficult for some students, especially younger learners. Virtual manipulatives can make an enormous contribution to sense-making abilities for all students—and have been shown to be of special benefit to students who are high-risk, learning disabled, or with limited English proficiency to understand the symbolic language of math. 

Try some of our sample lessons and use our free math lesson plans


CCSSM Lessons in DreamBox

Counting 6–10 
Building a Decade of a Hundreds Chart
Doubles and Near Doubles

Grade 1
Building Numbers in Different Ways (11–20)
Comparisons with More and Less Symbols
Number Strings

Grade 2
Building Equal Expressions with Snap Blocks™
Addition using Compensation Buckets™
Adding and Subtracting using the Function Machine and T-charts
Addition using the Open Number Line

Grade 3
Place Value
Multiplication Area Models
Building and Comparing Fractions
Placing Fractions on the Number Line

Grade 4
Multiplication: Open Arrays
Subtraction Algorithm
Find the Factors
Understanding Equivalent Fractions
Comparing Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators

Grade 5
Decimal Numbers to the Thousands on the Number Line 
Place Value of Decimal Numbers to the Thousandths
Division within 10,000 with Remainders 
Add and Subtract Decimals with the Number Line 
Multiplying Fractions 
Multiplication Standard Algorithm


CCSSM Math Lesson Plans

Numbers to Twenty on the MathRack

Grade 1
Numbers to One Hundreds on the MathRack

Grade 2
Adding and Subtracting with Tens on the Open Number Line
Build Expressions Equal to Twenty

Grade 3
Ordering Fractions on the Number Line
Using Landmark Numbers to Add on the Open Number Line
Decomposing Fractions Using Time or Money

Grade 4
Place Value with Decimals(Also includes Grade 5)
Equivalent Fractions on the Number Line
Open Arrays

Grade 5
Decimal Numbers on the Number Line
Divisions within 10,000 with Remainders
Multiplying Fractions

*New Math Lesson Plans coming soon!



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