Lessons to help you transform math instruction
Brought to you by the team behind Desmos activities, Desmos Math 6–A1 is a full-year curriculum, aligned to scope and sequence. Read the review for grades 6–8 on EdReports. (Algebra 1 has not been reviewed by EdReports.)
What’s Desmos Math 6–A1?
Lessons that help students express their brilliance every day
Every student is brilliant, but not every student feels brilliant in math class—particularly students from historically excluded communities. We designed our program to put students’ ideas at its center. Our lessons pose problems that invite a variety of approaches, and our technology helps teachers celebrate and develop all of that interesting thinking in their classrooms.
A blend of paper and technology
Leveraging our expertise in technology, pedagogy, and design, we based Desmos Math 6–A1 on the top-rated programs from Illustrative Mathematics® and Open Up Resources to create dynamic and interactive digital learning experiences, offered alongside flexible and creative print activities.
Powerful facilitation tools for teachers
Our student-centered lessons empower students to explore new ideas, and our teacher dashboard helps teachers bridge those ideas together. Whether teachers are observing student learning on our lesson summary page or guiding productive discussions with our conversation toolkit, our facilitation tools make teaching more effective and more fun.
Try an activity from Desmos Math 6–A1.
Students’ ideas are the engine of our lessons. Their sketches power simulations and their mathematical thinking powers classroom conversations. In this lesson about functions, teachers help students make connections between scenarios and the graphs that represent them. Try it for free!
WestEd study: Desmos Math 6–8 significantly improves student learning
- WestEd researchers found that schools using Desmos Math 6–8 had significantly higher math achievement compared to similar schools that didn’t.
- The study compared data from the 2021–2022 school year and looked at almost 900 schools in nine states: CA, CO, CT, MA, MN, MO, NY, NC and TX.
- Districts that took part in the comparison varied in size and all served diverse populations.
- Since the schools in the study used Desmos Math 6–8 with varying levels of fidelity, WestEd researchers believe that the full impact of using the Desmos Math 6–8 curriculum may be higher than reported in the study.*
*McKinney, D., Strother, S., Walters, K., & Schneider, S. (2023). The Effect of Desmos Math Curriculum on Middle School Mathematics Achievement in Nine States. WestEd.
Read the full study