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# Getting the Most Out of Your Teach Book

by Carrie Thornton

November 14, 2022

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Posted in: Aha! Blog > Eureka Math Blog > Implementation Support High-Quality Curriculum Preparation Eureka Math Squared > Getting the Most Out of Your Teach Book

Instructional time with your students is incredibly valuable. That’s why Eureka Math2 includes resources to help you make planning as efficient as possible. Let’s explore some of these useful resources and see how you can get the most out of your Teach book.

Quickly see how the content of a module fits into the progression of learning.

As educators, we know it’s important to make connections between prior learning and new learning. This insight is provided in the Before and After This Module sections at the beginning of each Module Overview. The Before This Module section provides a brief overview of when and how the foundation was laid for the module. For instance, in grade 3 module 1, the focus is on developing concepts of multiplication. The Before This Module section explains how grade 2 set students up for success with equal groups, repeated addition, and the introduction of arrays. As the teacher, you’ll know what the prior learning looked like so you can help your students make connections that help them learn. Similarly, an After This Module section tells when and how students build upon the current module’s content in later modules or grades. Knowing what comes next helps you know what takeaways to focus on for your students.

Learn the why behind the design of Eureka Math2.

The Why section located near the beginning of each Teach book answers questions you might have about the content or the design of the curriculum. Understanding the why behind the module design helps you make sound instructional decisions. For example, a grade 3 teacher may want to rearrange the modules to teach the two multiplication modules consecutively. But the Why section explains that having the introduction of measurement units between the two multiplication modules is important to lay a foundation for more complex factors in multiplication.

Understand what students should know and be able to do at the end of the module.

Achievement Descriptors (ADs) state what skills and knowledge students will develop through the module. You’ll see Achievement Descriptors in several places. First, near the beginning of the module, you’ll see an overview of the Achievement Descriptors for the module. The Achievement Descriptors addressed in each lesson are listed in the Lesson at a Glance. Finally, near the back of the Teach book, you will find proficiency indicators for each Achievement Descriptor. These descriptions help you determine your student’s level of proficiency.

Achievement Descriptors and Proficiency Indicators help you plan, assess student performance, and determine appropriate supports to facilitate student progress. They also serve as a reminder that proficiency develops over time, so you can feel comfortable moving to the next lesson knowing that your students will continue on their path to proficiency.

See how the learning progresses.

You’ll see a Topic Overview at the beginning of each topic, followed by the Progression of Lessons. This section provides a quick glance at the story of the topic and reveals the role that each lesson plays in the greater sequence of learning. In just a few moments, you’ll know what is really important in each lesson so you can plan to scaffold learning more efficiently. Begin lesson planning at a glance.

Begin lesson planning at a glance.

Each lesson opens with the Lesson at a Glance. This brief overview is your first stop for lesson planning. You’ll see the Exit Ticket for the lesson, so you can plan with the end of the lesson in mind. This section also includes a brief lesson summary, key questions, and a list of the Achievement Descriptors addressed in the lesson. There’s also an agenda with suggested timing, a list of materials, and instructions for advance preparation needs. This brief visual snapshot provides guidance as you read the lesson details and plan for your students’ needs.

Pro tip: Additional valuable resources are located in the back.

A wealth of information is organized in one place at the back of your Teach book. In addition to the Achievement Descriptors Overview and Proficiency Indicators, the module-level Resources section at the back of your Teach book also includes the following:

• Content standards (including Standards for Mathematical Practice)
• Terminology (new and familiar terms)
• Math Past
• Materials
• Sample Solutions
The Teach book was designed with you as a teacher in mind. As you become more familiar with your Teach book, you will discover that these valuable resources—and many others—provide support and answer your questions right when you need it. In turn, you can more effectively plan to meet your students’ needs and support them as they build their mathematical knowledge.