Middle School Math Help
Middle school math teachers will be using a curricular resource, College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) Core Connections Courses 1-3, to teach your student the grade-level Idaho Content Standards for Mathematics.
Your middle school student will have their own physical copy of the textbook and access to an electronic textbook (e-book) to use in both the classroom and home this year.
This textbook bases their approach to math learning on three guiding principles: cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and mixed, spaced practice.
- Cooperative Learning: Students learn ideas more deeply when they discuss ideas with classmates.
- Problem-Based Learning: Students learn ideas more usefully when they learn by attacking problems – ideally from the real world.
- Mixed, Spaced Practice: Students learn ideas more permanently when they are required to engage and re-engage with the ideas for months or even years.
For a more detailed explanation of math for your student and the three guiding principles, please read our document entitled "Letter to Parents".
For more information on CPM’s research base, please visit http://cpm.org/research-base.
Which textbook your student will be using will depend on the grade in which your student is enrolled.
- 6th-grade students will use the CPM Core Connections Course 1 textbook
- 7th-grade students will use the CPM Core Connections Course 2 textbook
- 7th-grade honors students will use the CPM Core Connections Courses 2 and 3 textbooks
- 8th-grade students will use the CPM Core Connections Course 3 textbook
Accessing Student eBook at Home
- Go to https://ebooks.cpm.org.
- Click "Sign in with Google".
- Have your student sign in using:
- Email address: his/her school computer username followed by "@westada.org"
- Password: his/her school computer password
- The program will launch and you may need to accept the "End User Agreement".
CPM has free homework help located at https://homework.cpm.org/ (no account is required).
This feature allows you to view all homework problems and selected hints, answers, and eTools for individual homework problems.
Follow the directions below:
- Select the image of your student’s textbook.
- Grade 6: CPM Core Connections Course 1
- Grade 7: CPM Core Connections Course 2
- Grade 8: CPM Core Connections Course 3
- Select the chapter and lesson on which your student is currently working.
- Select the homework problem(s) on which your student is currently working.
- View the selected hints and answers, and use the eTools, if provided, to make sense of the problem on which your student is currently working.
Tip #1: On some problems, you receive multiple hints. So, don’t forget to click on all the hints. They are usually labeled Hint (a), Hint (b), Hint (c), and so on.
Tip #2: On some problems, you have access to eTools to help you make sense of the problem at hand. So, don’t forget to scroll down to see if one is provided!
Tip #3: The homework problems are considered review and preview. Keep in mind that the first problem or two cover the concepts learned in class that day.
The rest of the problems either review mathematical concepts from previous grades or courses or have students begin thinking about a mathematical concept that they will see in a future lesson.
(CPM Parent Tips of the Week, Week 7, http://cpm.org/parentweek7).
- Select the image of your student’s textbook.
Parent Guide with Extra Practice
CPM’s Parent Guide with Extra Practice for each course is a supplementary material to the textbook that is organized by individual math concept and contains an explanation, worked examples, and extra practice problems with answers for your student.
Your student’s teacher will send home a printed copy of his/her course’s Parent Guide. The links above go to an electronic copy of each course’s Parent Guide with Extra Practice.
When your student reaches a checkpoint problem in the Review and Preview homework problems, this means that this problem focuses on a skill that a student should have mastered or should be close to mastering.
Most chapters have one or more topics identified as a “checkpoint skill”, and they are marked in the book with a “check mark” icon.
The answer(s) to each “checkpoint problem” can be found at the back of the textbook along with more examples and more practice problems focused on that “checkpoint skill”.
There are even answers provided for the extra practice problems. You and/or your student can check the answers they found. (CPM Parent Tips of the Week, Week 16, http://cpm.org/parentweek16)
To view a list of all the checkpoint problems/skills found in each course, click on the links below:
Math Discussions at Home
Another great way to support your student at home is to talk about math and what’s going on in their math class at home!
Take a look at the linked documents below for suggested questions and conversation starters as well as ways to assess whether your student is developing the Standards for Mathematical Practice: