This video series introduces key Common Core concepts in 5th grade and 8th grade mathematics, and middle school English Language Arts.

Each Doc Squad video introduces a real-world mathematics problem and provides key information necessary for solving that problem. Student handouts accompanying each video include step-by-step instructions and space for solving each problem. Teacher handouts include detailed explanations of solved problems.

Use these videos with your students to reinforce mathematics learning through problem solving surrounding the following topics: the formula for volume, dividing fractions by whole numbers, the Pythagorean Theorem, and functions and the distance formula.

Use the interview with comic book writer and artist Phil Jimenez to explore themes surrounding visual storytelling and the Common Core State Standards for Writing: Text Types and Purposes in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th.

In this introduction to the Doc Squad series, meet the Doc Squad – a documentary film crew with the power to transform into superheroes and a knack for getting into sticky situations that they need mathematics (and your help!) to solve. Each Doc Squad video introduces a real-world math problem and provides key information necessary for solving the problem, as well as student and teacher-focused handouts providing step-by-step instructions, and a detailed explanation of how to solve each problem.

• ## Doc Squad | Volume Formula

The crew needs help setting up a shoot at a noisy airport. Students learn and use the formula for volume as they help the crew figure out how much air the crew needs to pump into soundproof boxes in this episode of Doc Squad. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

• ## Doc Squad | Pythagorean Theorem

The crew travels to Japan to interview an old samurai in his tree-top house. Students use the Pythagorean Theorem to help the crew retrieve forgotten equipment in the van below. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

• ## Doc Squad | Dividing Fractions by Whole Numbers

The crew needs help as they attempt to capture the elusive “kaleidoscope monkeys” on film. Students practice dividing fractions by whole numbers as they help the Doc Squad out of a jam. Use the student and teacher handouts for detailed instructions, information to help solve the problem, and an explanation of the solution.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.