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Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks

A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation

Mathematics: Applications and Connections

Authors: William Collins, Linda Dritsas, Patricia Frey-Mason, Arthur C. Howard, Kay McClain, David D. Molina, Beatrice Moore-Harris, Jack Ott, Ronald S. Pelfrey, Jack Price, Barbara Smith, and Patricia S. Wilson
Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
Edition: 1998
Grade Level/ Format: This series is designed for grades 6, 7, and 8. The books are labeled Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3.
Activities: In a typical chapter, students study the context for the mathematics in the chapter and participate in a chapter project for applying the mathematics. Each chapter also includes activities engaging students in estimation strategies, decision making, cooperative learning, and mental math. In each lesson, students (1) read the objectives of the lessons, which may be followed by a short discussion of a real-life context for the mathematics, (2) work through a series of examples, and (3) apply their understanding of the objectives through guided practice and independent practice, including mixed review, problem solving, and applications.
Assessment: Assessment includes five-minute checks, guided and independent practice, and study guide, practice, and enrichment worksheets for each lesson. Mid-chapter reviews, study guide and reviews, chapter tests, and academic skills tests are used for formal assessment of chapters. Other tools for assessment include chapter projects and suggestions for journals, portfolios, and performance assessments.
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