Resources for Elementary Grades (K-5)

The North Carolina Collaborative for Mathematics Learning (NC2ML) aims to support NC math educators in implementing the revised mathematics content standards in ways that align with what we know from research on students’ mathematical thinking, mathematics teaching, and teacher learning. To do so, we bring together mathematics educators to co-design research-based resources and professional learning opportunities.

K-5 Instructional Frameworks

In collaboration with partner educators across the state, the K-5 NC2ML team has co-designed suggested statewide instructional frameworks to use when implementing the new standards in the 2018-2019 school year. Each framework contains sets of grade-level standards organized into clusters of connected mathematical concepts and a suggested sequence and approximate timeframe for each cluster. Important considerations about how mathematics concepts connect and the progression of students’ thinking have been included. The frameworks are meant to be flexible, living documents that can guide instruction in various schools and contexts.

The Collaborative Instructional Frameworks were created over a six-month period beginning in July 2017 with multiple opportunities for feedback from stakeholders state-wide. Special thanks to the 67 members of the writing teams, which included NC DPI consultants, classroom teachers, school-based and district leaders, and higher education faculty.

Updated 7/12/2018


Kindergarten Instructional Framework
First Grade Instructional Framework
Second Grade Instructional Framework
Third Grade Instructional Framework
Fourth Grade Instructional Framework
Fifth Grade Instructional Framework

Additional K-5 Resources

K-5 Instructional Briefs

SenseMaking Strategies
Key Words