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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, Co-Directors; Dean Preble, Terry Souhrada, et al.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing
Edition: 1996-1998
Subject Area: Integrated Mathematics
Grade Level/Format: This integrated series is designed for grades 9-12. 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.
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).
Assessment: Assessments include summary assessments in the student edition, which prompt open-ended 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 standards-based evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Author.


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