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Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math

The only middle school math curriculum to pass all 3 gateways of Ed Reports

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It's a new era for middle school mathematics. Discover a curriculum that elevates mathematics instruction and sparks enjoyment of mathematics for students in a whole new way. Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math is a problem-based core mathematics curriculum for grades 6–8 that develops students' mathematical thinking skills through questioning, discussion, and real-world contexts and connections.

Just announced! IM 6–8 Math is the only Middle School Math series to meet EdReports expectations in all 3 Gateways.

With state standards at its foundation, Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math supports learning and achievement for all students with built-in differentiation for English language learners, accelerated learners, and those below benchmark. It also fosters learning at home with comprehensive resources for families.

It's a mathematics curriculum for the 21st century—a curriculum that will prepare students to solve problems, reason, communicate, and think critically in the classroom and beyond.

My students are THINKING. They're trying. I'm seeing them start to persevere. My class has had a lot of practice with discussions: how to speak to one another, how to encourage reluctant classmates, etc. This is great to see and also transferrable to other subjects.
With minimal lessons skipped this year, I am happy to say that this was the first year out of my 11 years of teaching where I have taught the entire recommended math curriculum and all math standards! I taught and assessed Units 1-8! Thank you for all the wonderful support this year!

6th Grade Teachers, Galt, CA

A Different Approach to Mathematics Instruction

Build Skills Through Consistency Focused instructional routines and a consistent lesson structure across units and grades helps students make connections among mathematical concepts and major ideas. A clean and simple interface ensures straightforward navigation for both teachers and students.

A Perfect Balance of Concepts and Procedures

Our instructional design is committed to the right balance between conceptual development and procedural fluency. Building on what students already know and using built-in differentiation strategies, concepts are carefully developed and cultivated through ongoing practice.

Foster Understanding Through Context and Connections

Real-world and mathematical contexts are embedded throughout the curriculum to provide engaging opportunities for students to make meaningful connections.

No Tech for Tech's Sake

Dynamic digital activities strategically to engage students to explore, conjecture, and test hypotheses.

Comprehensive Materials and Support for Students, Teachers, and Families

Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math is a full-course curriculum, tailored to standards, that is available with:

  • Student materials—digital or print
  • Teacher materials—unit plans, lesson plans, and digital and print assessments
  • Scope and sequence
  • Integrated, lesson-specific supports for students with emerging English proficiency
  • Integrated, lesson-specific supports for students with disabilities
  • Built-in differentiation strategies for all learners
  • Family resources that provide caregivers with guidance on how to support their children’s learning

Get a Glimpse of What Makes Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math Different

Take a look at sample lessons for grades 6, 7, and 8. You'll quickly see that Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math approach to teaching and learning is radically different from your typical mathematics curriculum.

Student Materials

Our signature mathematical language routines (MLRs) offer detailed guidance for developing students into mathematical thinkers and building their ability to communicate mathematical thinking verbally, visually, and in writing. Student consumables provide plenty of space for students to show their work and demonstrate their thinking. Teachers also appreciate the built-in student organization and classroom management tools.

Teacher Materials

Teacher resources speak intelligently and professionally to educators, meeting teachers where they are and supporting them in advancing their practice. Built-in differentiation for below-benchmark to accelerated learners provides teachers guidance on how to support all students.

Success for Every Teacher

Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math is a revolutionary approach to mathematics instruction. Our Professional Learning Services ensure that teachers are fully supported throughout implementation so that they and their students achieve great success with the program.

Build Instructional Knowledge Skills

Success with Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math starts with teachers. Our Professional Learning Services introduce teachers to the design of the materials and built-in routines and then provide ongoing in-person and virtual support to ensure the program is implemented with fidelity and that teachers are confident in their instructional practice.

Lesson-by-Lesson Built-in Support

Teacher materials facilitate daily professional learning. Every lesson plan contains professional learning resources and support so that teachers feel confident in delivering lessons.

About the Authors

William McCallum
Founder and President
Dr. Kristin Umland
Content Lead
Kate Nowak
Instructional Lead
Yenche Tioanda,
Grade 6 Lead
Michelle Mourtgos
Grade 7 Lead
Ashli Black
Grade 8 Lead
Bowen Kerins
Assessment Lead

About Our Partner

Illustrative Mathematics is proud to partner with the non-profit Open Up Resources to bring this core mathematics curriculum, tailored to standards, to districts.

Open Up Resources works with the country's foremost materials experts to develop superb, essential curricula implementation support, from professional development to printing. All curricula are freely available for use by educators as part of Open Up Resources' mission to increase equity in education.

Open Up Resources is raising the bar for curriculum development, delivery, and implementation.

Want to Take a Deeper Dive into Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math?

Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math was published as openly licensed curriculum in Summer 2017. If you're considering a new mathematics program, we would love to send you sample materials as well as walk you and your team through the curriculum.