The Anatomy of a Eureka Math Lesson

FAQ Response

Not all Eureka Math lessons are formatted in the same way, but lessons in the same grade-band all follow a similar structure. Lessons in A Story of Units (PK-5) are written for a 60-minute class period, except for Pre-K lessons, which are 25 minutes, and K lessons, which are 50 minutes*. The components of a typical lessons are:

  • Fluency: these activities are focused on one of the following: preparation, maintenance, or anticipation of knowledge and skills.
  • Application Problem: requires students to utilize the concepts they’ve just learned.
  • Concept Development: the part of the lesson focused on new learning.
    Problem Set (usually completed within or after concept development): composed of problems related to the objective of the lesson. Students complete as much of the problem set as they can in 10 minutes — the goal is not finishing the problem set, but doing their personal best.
  • Debrief: Upon completion of the problem set, students uncover the objective of the lesson and discuss key points.
    Exit Ticket: Class ends with a 5-minute exit ticket, which gives teachers a quick formative assessment of the lesson.
    Homework: Most lessons include a homework page.

The format changes for Grades 6–12 lessons, which are written for 45-minute class periods. In A Story of Ratios (6–8) some lessons include fluencies; separate fluency documents for 6–12 are currently being developed. There are four different lesson types, which are indicated by an icon at the beginning of each lesson:


All Eureka PK-12 lessons are designed to be examples of strong mathematical instruction and should be customized to meet the needs of your students.

This post is by Pam Goodner, a Grade 9–12 Eureka Math writer. She was a math teacher for Grades 6–12 for 25 years. She is National Board Certified and a recipient of the Presidential Award.