The Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) must be assessed daily in our classrooms. Solving rich tasks is the single most important vehicle for providing teachers this formative assessment data, all while maturing students as mathematicians. Use the following resources for achieving these goals.

Rich Task Resources

What are rich tasks? Why should I use them? Where can I find them? How do implement them effectively? The following resources help to answer these questions.




Rich Task Processing Templates

As you implement a rich task with your students, be aware of the evidence of the SMP you can gather from your students as they solve the task. What do they do and say that exemplifies each Practice? This explicit focus on measuring the SMP is what will prepare students for success with future PARCC assessments. The following rich task processing templates support this focus, and can be used in several ways:
  1. In TBTs/PLCs - Solve a rich task together before using with students. As a group, check off the SMP and Content Alignments on the template. Identify the SMP that students will engage in, and anticipate how students may solve the task. Generate guiding questions to progress their thinking that replaces teacher-telling. After the task, add qualitative notes to the remainder of the template. Look at student work to examine common errors and misconceptions. If worthy, include the task within your district's curriculum guide.
  2. Individually - Solve a rich task before using with students. Complete the template to understand both how to measure the SMPs and how to focus instruction at your grade-level.
  3. Share with others your insights from completing this process. Submit your rich task processing template online at the links below, or email GCCTM with your completed templates, and we'll upload them to this wiki!

NOTE: The following templates are informed by PARCC Model Content Frameworks. You may notice discrepancies between High School Appendix A course pathways and these Frameworks.

Grade K Rich Tasks


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Grade 1 Rich Tasks


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Grade 2 Rich Tasks


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Access submitted Grade 2 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Grade 3 Rich Tasks


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Access submitted Grade 3 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Grade 4 Rich Tasks


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Access submitted Grade 4 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Grade 5 Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Grade 5 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Grade 6 Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Grade 6 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Grade 7 Rich Tasks


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Access submitted Grade 7 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Grade 8 Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Grade 8 tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Algebra I Rich Tasks


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Access submitted Algebra I tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Geometry Rich Tasks


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Access submitted Geometry tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Algebra II Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Algebra II tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Mathematics I Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Mathematics I tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Mathematics II Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Mathematics II tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Mathematics III Rich Tasks


Download and save this template. Email your completed templates to a GCCTM Board Member OR submit your task online here.

Access submitted Mathematics III tasks here. These tasks have been implemented and processed by fellow teachers, and found worthy of sharing. Once you access a task, you can try it and add your expert comments to the online document!

Tools for Implementing the SMP

SMP Poster Set


This set of posters uses learning targets and student-friendly language, making them useful for most elementary classrooms. Copy on laminated cardstock and post in the classroom. Use them flexibly in the classroom, from highlighting the learning targets for the day to having students reflect on a rich task and identifying the mathematical practices in which they were engaged.