Curriculum resources gathered by the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center:

  • Number Sense Remote Learning Packet for ABE/Beginner GLE 2–4. Number sense is the ability to break down and recombine numbers in useful ways, based on a conceptual understanding of how numbers work. Teacher and student materials.
  • Culturally and Historically Responsive Education (CHRE) Curriculum Exemplars. Browse curriculum units that incorporate CHRE principles.
  • Curriculum for Adults Learning Math (CALM). For those of you who have been struggling to create your own program-wide curriculum, we have the answer -- CALM! CALM is a complete curriculum, for students in ABE through ASE. It is based on the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) for Math. To learn more about CALM, visit .
  • Introduction to Geometry: Remote Teaching Packet for Learners GLE 2-4 without Tech Access. This collection includes a printable student packet, a shape set, and a teacher’s guide. The activities are designed for a teacher to work through together with a student over the phone on an audio call or over web conferencing. For support for using the materials, check SABES Calendar for webinar of the same name.
  • Geometry Ideas for Adult Ed and Family Math. Packets of activities for both adult students and for families to try together!
  • Disproportionate Incarceration. This math unit develops graphing and proportional reasoning skills using social justice contexts. Teacher plan and student handouts are included in this packet. 
  • Understanding Risk. This sample lesson provides a lesson that can be used in a math unit on probability, using the context of personal health risks and decisions.
  • Heat Wave: A math lesson plan exploring climate change. This sample contextualized lesson focuses on using box-and-whisker charts to compare sets of data in the context of exploring climate change. The lesson includes a lesson plan and teacher materials as well as student materials/handouts. A companion ZIP file containing PowerPoint slides for the lesson is also provided.
  • Heat Wave (Level A). This sample contextualized lesson is an adaptation of the original Heat Wave lesson above. The context for this lesson is climate and climate change, and it focuses on comparing sets of data, specifically the number of heat wave days in Massachusetts in the years between 1981 and 2010 (as recorded by the Center for Disease Control). 
  • Will It Rain Tomorrow? This sample contextualized lesson was designed as part of a science unit on weather, climate, and climate change, with the recognition that an understanding of basic probability and statistics is required to understand the scientific concepts. This lesson could also be used in a math unit on probability to provide a context for students to apply their math skills.
  • Building a Curriculum (video). What exactly is a curriculum, and how do we create one for our program? This brief video defines what a curriculum is and how having one in place helps us as teachers.
  • Developing Instructional Units: Applying What Students Learn. This document is based on a presentation at the 2015 Fall Curriculum Conference, where practitioners explored two methods of building more contextualized instructional units.
  • Sample Instructional Unit: Fractions-Decimals-Percents Benchmarks. This sample unit is designed to build and deepen students’ understanding of common benchmark fractions, decimals, and percents.
  • Sample Instructional Unit: Ratio and Proportion. This sample unit for Level B students focuses on an understanding of ratios in order to correctly mix medication.
  • Sample Instructional Unit: Area and Perimeter. This sample unit for Level A students focuses on students' understanding of area and perimeter in order to compare apartments.
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