# What textbooks are good for teaching the new CCSSM? Part 3

In this series of 5 posts, we are exploring the Top Ten Things to think about when trying to find a curriculum to teach the new CCSSM.

**Number 6: **What emphasis is placed on **using models and tools**? Practice 4 is using Models. Practice 5 is using tools. Does the program teach various models? Does the program emphasize tool use appropriate to the grade? How much? When? Are these elements addressed in an even way throughout the book? Do students walk away from the program thoroughly understanding how to model their mathematical thinking? ** DOES THE PROGRAM TEACH THE CCSSM DESIGNATED MODELS** for the grade- meaning the ones mentioned in the Progressions?

**Number 7: **Is the program set-up to teach whole class only? Does it address small group instruction and workstations? Is it a one-size fits all or true differentiated lessons? How are the lessons scaffolded? Is the homework differentiated?

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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