

Background
Information
TITLE 
UCSMP
Algebra 


Authors: 
John
W. McConnell, Susan Brown, Zalman Usiskin, Sharon L. Senk, Ted Widerski,
Scott Anderson, Susan Eddins, Cathy Hynes Feldman, James Flanders,
Margaret Hackworth, Daniel Hirschhorn, Lydia Polonsky, Leroy Sachs,
Ernest Woodward. 


Publisher: 
Scott,
Foresman and Company 


Edition: 
1998 


OVERVIEW 



Subject
Area: 
Algebra 


Grade
Level/Format: 
This
textbook is appropriate for grades 710, to be used at one of these
grade levels depending on the ability of the students. It consists
of 13 chapters. 


Time
Frame: 
All
lessons in this book are designed to be covered in one class period.
Each chapter takes 11 to 17 days to complete. 


CONTENT 



Main
Topics: 
 Uses of Variables
 Multiplication in
Algebra
 Addition in Algebra
 Subtraction in Algebra
 Linear Sentences
 Division in Algebra
 Slopes and Lines
 Exponents and Powers
 Quadratic Equations
and Square Roots
 Polynomials
 Linear Systems
 Factoring
 Functions



Activities: 
In
a typical chapter, students read a list of lessons and a contextual
situation related to the topic of the chapter. In each lesson, students
(1) read commentary and explanations about the math concepts or
skills; (2) answer questions related to the introduction of the
lesson and apply and review knowledge about the concept or skill
in a variety of problem sets. At the end of each chapter, students
are provided with project options related to the topic of the chapter.
Summary and vocabulary sections provide an overview of the key concepts
and skills and list the relevant terms explored in the chapter.
A progress selftest is provided for the students to gain feedback.
The chapter review promotes student awareness of the skills, properties,
uses, and representations of the math ideas introduced in the chapter.
The refresher section offers a set of problems that may be used
by the teacher for students who are weak in a particular area. 


OPERATION 



Assessment: 
Assessments are found in the teacher's Assessment Sourcebook that
includes quizzes, freeresponse tests (Forms A and B), and openended
performance tests (Forms C and D). Form C assesses understanding
of the concepts/skills and the ability to interpret, make generalizations,
and communicate ideas about the math. Form D assesses student abilities
in larger mathematical tasks. There is also a cumulative test for
each chapter and comprehensive tests after Chapters 3, 6, 9, and
13. The Assessment Sourcebook includes resources for portfolios,
problemsolving, cooperativegroup assessment, and selfassessment. 


Cost: 
Student edition: 
$47.47 

Teacher's
edition: 
$67.47 


CREDIBILITY 
Following
are references for reports on UCSMP Algebra. 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. 


Reviews: 
U.S.
Department of Education. (1999). Exemplary and promising mathematics
programs. Washington, DC: Author. 


WEB
SITE: 
http://socialsciences.uchicago.edu/ucsmp/ 
