The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics for middle school set rigorous learning goals designed to ensure students are equipped to successfully tackle more advanced math concepts and curriculum in high school and, ultimately, succeed in college and beyond. Written by Judith A. Muschla, Gary Robert Muschla and Erin Muschla, Hands-on Activities for Teaching the Common Core Math Standards offers middle school teachers ready-made activities as well as ideas and guidance for designing their own activities and lesson plans aligned with grade-level CCSS for math.
The authors clearly outline the CCSS for math for grades 6-8 and provide at least one ready-to-use, student-driven activity for each standard. Each activity is prefaced with the domain, or group of related standards, and the specific standard targeted. Lessons are also identified by the major component of the activity, including:
Most importantly, Hands-on Activities for Teaching the Common Core Math Standards helps teachers understand these standards for math---the specific curriculum and benchmark standards as well as the underlying rationale and theoretical basis for the standards--- so that they can create their own creative and unique lessons that will help students master critical CCSS-identified skills and develop a deep understanding of math concepts.