Algebra Textbooks Evaluation


CORD Algebra 1

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Authors:   Center for Occupational Research and
Development Staff
: John Souders, Jr., Director;
Michael L. Crawford; Lewis Westbrook; Leno
Pedrotti; John Chamberlain
Publisher:   South-Western Educational Publishing
Edition:   1998
Subject Area:   Algebra
Grade Level/ Format:   This textbook is appropriate for grades 6-12. It consists of 12 chapters. The student edition may come as one complete textbook or in two parts, Part A (Chapters 1-6) and Part B (Chapters 7 -12).
Activities:   In a typical chapter, students (1) read objectives and a real-world lesson and view a video showing how mathematical concepts can be applied in different workplace scenarios; (2) engage in activities throughout the lessons in each chapter; (3) apply their knowledge in critical thinking questions, example exercises about the concepts and/or skills, and ongoing assessments; (4) answer lesson assessment problems, which include think and discuss (word problems, usually allowing students to explain and describe), practice and problem solving (calculations - single responses) and a mixed review (a combination of problems from current and previous lessons); (5) apply knowledge through hands-on participation in math lab activities and real-world math application problems; and (6) complete chapter assessments that combine skills, applications, and math lab exercises.
Assessment:   Assessments include standardized tests for each chapter, projects, and alternative assessments, which include self-assessment (portfolios) and a performance assessment task. Other types of assessments include ongoing assessments, lesson assessments, which consist of think and discuss, practice and problem solving, and mixed review exercises, and chapter assessments, which consist of skills, applications, and math lab problems.
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