TITLE 
Integrated
Mathematics: A Modeling Approach Using Technology (SIMMS) 


Authors: 
The
Systemic Initiative for Montana Mathematics and Science (SIMMS):
Johnny W. Lott, and Maurice Burke, CoDirectors; Dean Preble, Terry
Souhrada, et al. 


Publisher: 
Simon
& Schuster Custom Publishing 


Edition: 
19961998 


OVERVIEW 



Subject
Area: 
Integrated
Mathematics 


Grade
Level/Format: 
This
integrated series is designed for grades 912. It consists of six
levels. Each level has three volumes, and each volume contains three
to six modules. Levels 1 and 2 are recommended for all students.
Level 1 is for grade 9 and possibly grade 8. Level 2 is for grades
9 and 10. Levels 3 and 4 are options for grade 11. Level 3 is suitable
for all students, whereas Level 4 is for those students planning
careers in mathematics and science. Levels 5 and 6 are options for
students in grade 12. Level 5 focuses specifically on applications
from business and the social sciences. Level 6 continues the presentation
of mathematics through applied contexts while embracing a broader
mathematics perspective. 


Time
Frame: 
Each
of the 15 modules takes two to three weeks to complete. 


CONTENT 



Main
Topics: 
 Algebra/Functions/Number
 Geometry
 Trigonometry
 Probability and
Statistics
 Discrete Mathematics
 Logic and Reasoning



Activities: 
In
a typical module, students (1) are introduced to a mathematical
topic through a contextual situation; (2) do a coordinated activity
that consists of a discussion prompted by a set of questions related
to the lesson and an exploration that consists of examples, demonstrations,
and a set of questions. Each activity also provides terms and related
procedures in a section called mathematical notes and an assignment
to be completed outside of class; (3) apply their learning in a
summary assessment; and (4) read a module summary that describes
terms and concepts. Each module may also contain a research project(s). 


OPERATION 



Assessment: 
Assessments
include summary assessments in the student edition, which prompt
openended responses. More traditional assessments are found in
the teacher's edition. Alternative assessments that emphasize writing
and logical argument are encouraged. In the teacher's edition, selected
problems from among the student activities are also referred to
as assessment items. 


Cost: 
Student
edition: 
$8.40
to 10.75 (depending on level and volume) 

Teacher's
edition: 
$12.50 to
13.75 (depending on level and volume) 


CREDIBILITY 
Following
are references for reports on Integrated Mathematics: A Modeling
Approach Using Technology (SIMMS). Please check the web site
for further information about additional evaluations and reviews. 


NCTM Standards Analysis: 
American
Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra
textbooks: A standardsbased evaluation. Washington, D.C.:
Author. 


WEB
SITES: 
http://www.montana.edu/wwwsimms
http://www.ithaca.edu/compass/ 