NCSM Great Tasks for Mathematics

This project is a collection of tasks to support implementation of the CCSS. Many of these tasks are drawn from existing sources. Each task includes:

  • Teacher Notes that provide an overview of the task, the Common Core State Standards Content and Practices standards that the task requires
  • Activity Launch that addresses key prerequisite understandings and assesses student readiness for the task
  • Core Task with which students are expected, individually and collaboratively, to wrestle
  • Extension Activities

Links to Great Tasks Samples:
Great Tasks Webinar Slides (January 15, 2013) Webinar: Replay
Bugs, Giraffes, Elephants and More - Grade 4
Odd or Even - Grade 7
The Tipi - Geometry


Purchase NCSM Publications

All of the items below can be ordered with the NCSM Publications order form


NCSM Great Tasks for Mathematics K-5

Schrock, C., Norris, K., Pugalee, D., Seitz R. and Hollingshead, F.

2013 List price: $20.00

The "great tasks" are designed to provide opportunities for students to explore meaningful mathematics-to challenge their thinking about essential concepts and ideas. The tasks in this book provide unique contexts for promoting problem solving with each activity aligned to the Common Core content standards, including specific attention to the standards for mathematical practice. Each activity includes teacher notes and student explorations. The tasks are relevant, thought-provoking, teacher-tested explorations designed to promote mathematical reasoning and active student engagement necessary for students of the 21st century.


NCSM Great Tasks for Mathematics 6-12

Schrock, C., Norris, K., Pugalee, D., Seitz R. and Hollingshead, F.

2013 List price: $20.00

The "great tasks" are designed to provide opportunities for students to explore meaningful mathematics-to challenge their thinking about essential concepts and ideas. The tasks in this book provide unique contexts for promoting problem solving with each activity aligned to the Common Core content standards, including specific attention to the standards for mathematical practice. Each activity includes teacher notes and student explorations. The tasks are relevant, thought-provoking, teacher-tested explorations designed to promote mathematical reasoning and active student engagement necessary for students of the 21st century.