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Implementing the First Grade Common Core Math Standards/Flex Course


Do you need effective strategies for implementing the first grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the first grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the first grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content for this course was just what I needed! With the Common Core in full implementation this coming school year, I needed a class that laid the new standards out as well as deepened my understanding of the domains." - June Kirske


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379

Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Accessible Mathematics: Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement” by Steven Leinward

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 69T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41323  

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core State Standards
  • Introduction to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • First Grade Common Core Vocabulary
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking /1.OA
  • Solving Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
  • Applying Properties of Operation
  • Adding and Subtracting within 20
  • Working with Addition and Subtraction Equations
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Number and Operations in Base Ten /1.NBT
  • Extending the Count Sequence
  • Understanding Place Value
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Measurement and Data /1.MD
  • Measuring Lengths
  • Telling and Writing Time
  • Representing and Interpreting Data
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Geometry /1.G
  • Understanding Attributes
  • Composing Shapes
  • Decomposing and Partitioning Shapes
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • How to Differentiate Instruction of the CCSSM
  • Assessing Mastery of CCSS for Mathematics
  • Assignment #4:Design a lesson plan based on first grade standards
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)