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Lessons to help you transform math instruction

Brought to you by the team behind Desmos activities, Desmos Math 6–A1 is a full-year curriculum, aligned to scope and sequence. . (Algebra 1 has not been reviewed by EdReports.) Para la versión en español, haga clic í.

 

What’s Desmos Math 6–A1?

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Lessons that help students express their brilliance every day

Every student is brilliant, but not every student feels brilliant in math class—particularly students from historically excluded communities. We designed our program to put students’ ideas at its center. Our lessons pose problems that invite a variety of approaches, and our technology helps teachers celebrate and develop all of that interesting thinking in their classrooms.

A blend of paper and technology

Leveraging our expertise in technology, pedagogy, and design, we based Desmos Math 6–A1 on the top-rated programs from Illustrative Mathematics®and Open Up Resources to create dynamic and interactive digital learning experiences, offered alongside flexible and creative print activities.

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Computer screen displaying a colorful educational program for teaching operations with polynomials, featuring various interactive modules and Illustrative Mathematics exercises.

Powerful facilitation tools for teachers

Our student-centered lessons empower students to explore new ideas, and our teacher dashboard helps teachers bridge those ideas together. Whether teachers are observing student learning on our lesson summary page or guiding productive discussions with our , our facilitation tools make teaching more effective and more fun.

What are people saying?

“I have been a teacher for 23 years and this is the most engaged I have seen students in a mathematics classroom.”

Rebecca Moore Math Coach, Naugatuck, CT

What are people saying?

“If you're teaching math and not utilizing Desmos, you may as well be climbing a mountain with your hands tied behind your back.”

Mike Del Greco Math Teacher, Sudbury, MA

What are people saying?

“Every lesson that I preview, I fall in love a little more ❤ thank you for this work and thank you for reflecting and listening to the feedback!”

Jenny Ainslie Secondary Math Facilitator, Orange County, NC

Try an activity from Desmos Math 6–A1.

Students’ ideas are the engine of our lessons. Their sketches power simulations and their mathematical thinking powers classroom conversations. In this lesson about functions, teachers help students make connections between scenarios and the graphs that represent them.

 

WestEd study: Desmos Math 6–8 significantly improves student learning

  • WestEd researchers found that schools using Desmos Math 6–8 had significantly higher math achievement compared to similar schools that didn’t.
  • The study compared data from the 2021–2022 school year and looked at almost 900 schools in nine states: CA, CO, CT, MA, MN, MO, NY, NC and TX.
  • Districts that took part in the comparison varied in size and all served diverse populations.
  • Since the schools in the study used Desmos Math 6–8 with varying levels of fidelity, WestEd researchers believe that the full impact of using the Desmos Math 6–8 curriculum may be higher than reported in the study.*

*McKinney, D., Strother, S., Walters, K., & Schneider, S. (2023). The Effect of Desmos Math Curriculum on Middle School Mathematics Achievement in Nine States. WestEd.

 

Read the full study
Mean Math Achievement for Desmos Schools and Matched Comparison Schools in 2018 and 2022 Y-axis on the graph is titled

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