Instructional Strategies for Mathematics

This page presents a sampling of instructional strategies that serve as starting points for curriculum directors and teachers  as they plan lessons. For more ideas, visit our Pearltrees page.

Cognitive Demand 

Cognitive demand represents the type of thinking, or the level/depth of complexity of thought expected.

Depth of Knowledge

Ohio Developed Depth of Knowledge Materials 

These Ohio developed materials provide Depth of Knowledge examples at different grade levels. Districts can use these materials to better understand Depth of Knowledge and create their own classroom problems to use during instruction.

Other Depth of Knowledge Resources

Depth of knowledge sample problems by grade level

AEA 267 put together these standards-based assessment questions using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels across the standards using resources like Illustrative Mathematics and the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). Districts can use these assessment items to help bring more clarity to what it is that students are expected to learn within and across the standards and their assigned DOK level. Thus, these quality standards-based assessment items serve as another solid anchor which clearly outlines the quality of curriculum, instruction and assessment (formative assessment strategies and processes, screening, diagnostic, common classroom, interim and summative assessments) that is used by teachers to measure their impact in student learning.

Webb's Alignment Information Grade 5
Kindergarten Grade 6
Grade 1 Grade 7
Grade 2 Grade 8
Grade 3 High School
Grade 4  


Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) – Learn more here from this nonprofit research organization dedicated to using new technologies that provide better educational experiences for students with disabilities.

Universal Design for
Learning at a Glance


Universal Design for
Learning Guidelines



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