Grades 6–8

A Middle School Math Curriculum

The Power of Problem-Based Instruction

Students learn best when they solve problems. Decades of research show that traditional models of direct instruction and follow-up practice are flawed. Student tend to forget procedural skills and do not develop strategies for tackling non-routine problems or engage in productive struggle.

Our problem-based curriculum designed to address content and practice standards to foster learning for all. Students are encouraged to take an active role to see what they can figure out before having things explained or being told what to do. Teachers can shift their instruction and facilitate student learning with high-leverage routines that guide them in understanding and making connections between concepts and procedures.

Components for Illustrative Mathematics 6–8


Grade 6 Student Components

Student Digital Center

Grade 6 Teacher Components

Teacher Edition, Two Volumes

Teacher Digital Center

Implementation Guide

Beyond Middle School Core Math: Personalized Learning

ALEKS® is an online personalized learning solution for grades 6–12 and can be bundled with Illustrative Mathematics to provide targeted, supplemental assessment and instruction. It uses artificial intelligence to identify and provide instruction on the topics each student is most ready to learn.  Learn more about ALEKS.