The new 2023 Virginia Math Standards of Learning will be fully implemented during the 2024-2025 school year. New SOLs can be scary but don’t panic! Vestal’s 21st Century Classroom is here with everything you need to know about the new math SOLs and resources aligned to Virginia’s math standards.

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How Have the Math SOLs Changed?

The 2023 Virginia Math Standards of Learning are bringing big changes to math classrooms across Virginia!

I’ve written another post for Virginia teachers that outlines everything you need to know about the new math SOLs. You’ll discover:

  • why the math sols changed
  • the timeline for implementation
  • information about supporting documents and resources
  • the biggest changes to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade math sols

You can find that blog post HERE.

Free Math SOL Guide with More Info

I’ve also written a free guide that breaks down every math SOL. The guide provides a side-by-side comparison of the 2016 and 2023 Virginia Math Standards of Learning. It also provides a list of all the skills that have been added, removed, or changed for each grade level.

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I encourage all teachers to store THIS GUIDE in a binder throughout the school year. Every time you begin teaching a new math SOL, you can flip to that page to see exactly what has changed and how you may need to vary your instruction. No need to spend hours of your personal time scanning the VDOE website for all the major changes. I’ve already done it for you so that you can get back to more important things in life.

2023 Virginia Math Standards of Learning Lesson Plans

Now that you know where to go to find all of the changes made to Virginia’s math SOLs, let’s talk about the biggest stressor related to new SOLs… changing lessons and instruction! Anytime standards change, your lessons have to change too.

This can be extremely time-consuming for upper elementary teachers who are already swamped with planning for several subjects per day and grading. But, this year, you don’t have to worry about rewriting all of your math lesson plans. It’s already been done for you!

Vestal’s 21st Century Classroom has already updated all of its math units and has detailed unit plans for every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Virginia math SOL. All of the math unit plans are highly engaging and provide a variety of activities that can be differentiated for different learning styles and needs.

Best of all, these units are specifically aligned to the 2023 Virginia Math Standards of Learning. Most big-box curriculum companies and publishers align their resources to Common Core first. Then, they hire a curriculum developer (like me!) to go through and make revisions based on the Virginia Standards of Learning. The problem with this method is that big box companies want to save as much money as possible so they don’t always incorporate all of the suggested revisions. Therefore, these resources are not always truly aligned to the Virginia SOLs.

But, with Vestal’s 21st Century Classroom, all of the resources are aligned to the Virginia SOLs from the beginning and nothing else.

Check out what is included in the detailed math unit plans

Detailed Lesson Plans

All of the math units come with detailed lesson plans. The lesson plans outline the lesson’s objective, materials needed, and step-by-step instructions for setting up and teaching the lesson. All of the lessons are low-prep with easy-to-find materials to save you time and money.

Districts throughout Virginia require teachers to teach math in different ways. So, each lesson plan is divided into three sections that you can adapt based on your district’s requirements.

  • Direct Instruction: This section provides strategies for introducing the topic to students. This part of the lesson is intended to be taught whole group OR to a small group of students during guided instruction.
  • Practice: This section provides activities to help students practice the concept. You can use all or some of the activities depending on the amount of time you have. Students can use the activities as a class, at centers, in partners, or in small groups. These activities were created so that you can easily modify them based on the needs of your class.
  • Conclusion: This section provides a quick activity you can use to review the concept and/or an exit ticket that you can use as a formative assessment.
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Anchor Charts

Most of the lessons within the Virginia SOL-aligned math units include anchor charts. Anchor charts can be an interactive way to introduce information.

You can display an anchor chart on a SMART Board or blow it up to the size of a poster to complete as a class.

You can also shrink the anchor charts to cut and paste into notebooks, creating interactive notebooks.

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Games and Centers

All of the units are PACKED with fun games and centers. Some of the activities you will find include:

  • board games
  • dice games
  • card games
  • matching games
  • bump games
  • partner work
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Worksheets

You can never have too many worksheets to help students practice math skills. In the math units, there are worksheets with practice problems. There are also fun worksheets such as mazes and color-by-number activities.

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Assessments

All of the math units include a final assessment, and most units also include a mid-unit quiz. All of the assessments include a variety of problems to help students practice the types of questions they may see on the math SOL test at the end of the school year.

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Digital Activities

Most of the anchor charts, worksheets, sorts, and assessments within the Virginia math SOL-aligned units are presented in both PDF format AND an interactive digital format for Google Slides.

It doesn’t matter whether you are teaching virtually or in person. The digital options are great for homework and center activities. They can also help allow students to practice TEI-type items that they will see on the math SOL test.

What Are Virginia Teachers Saying?

The SOL-aligned math units have been used by teachers and school districts across Virginia. Check out what teachers have said about using these math lesson plans:

“I love how everything needed is included and its VA standards-aligned. It made lesson planning a breeze. I was moved to second grade this year and wish that Vestal’s 21st Century Classroom made resources for lower elementary because I’ve struggled to find another seller with high-quality resources like them!” (Katherine S.)

“I am obsessed with Ms. Vestal’s units! They really make teaching foolproof with tons of lessons, worksheets, games, activities, and assessments! Now that I know they exist, I never want to teach without them!” (Katherine H.)

“This is a great resource that is easy to use and fairly priced for what it is! I have no problem spending the money on these units! They are well made and have helped my students so much!” (anonymous buyer)

“This resource is amazing! It has everything you could possibly need… plus more! I love how the creator made things engaging for students while still covering VA standards. Thank you so much!” (Brianna R.)

The Virginia Teacher Club® to the Rescue!

Have you heard of the Virginia Teacher Club®? The Virginia Teacher Club® is a one-of-a-kind program for upper elementary teachers in Virginia. Members receive instant access to a curriculum library of SOL-aligned math, science, social studies, and ELA resources. There are lesson plans, games, assessments, passages, digital activities, and more for EVERY SOL. By using the Virginia Teacher Club®, our members save hours of planning time every month and have access to high-quality, SOL-aligned resources that students love.

In addition to being sold individually in my store, all of these math units aligned to the 2023 Virginia Math Standards of Learning are also available inside the Virginia Teacher Club® curriculum library.

And, the Virginia Teacher Club® is not just units. You’ll also find the following resources aligned to the new math SOLs:

  • interactive notes
  • study guides
  • task cards
  • Jeopardy games
  • digital games

The Virginia Teacher Club is only open for new members one time per year. SIGN UP for the waitlist HERE to be the first to know when enrollment reopens.

Conclusion

Anytime the SOLs change, it is stressful for teachers! You have to learn about all of the changes made and then rewrite your lessons to align to the new Virginia standards.

But, Vestal’s 21st Century Classroom is working to take some of that stress away from you. By downloading our free guide you can learn about all of the changes made to your grade level in a matter of minutes. Then, our low-prep, Virginia math SOL-aligned units are ready to go with lessons and activities that your students will love!

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