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Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks

A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation

Connected Mathematics

Authors: Glenda Lappan, James T. Fey, William M. Fitzgerald, Susan N. Friel, and Elizabeth Difanis Phillips
Publisher: Dale Seymour Publications
Edition: 1998
Grade Level/ Format: This series is designed for grades 6, 7, and 8. There are eight modular units for each grade level.
Activities: In a typical unit, students (1) respond to a set of focusing questions to pique curiosity about what they will learn, (2) read the Mathematical Highlights section, which lists goals, (3) work through several investigations that include a theme and problems, which are solved over several days and often in groups, (4) do homework from an Applications-Connections-Extensions section, (5) respond to questions in a Mathematical Reflections Summary, and (6) for some units, complete a final project that is launched at the beginning.
Assessment: Assessment items include check-ups, partner quizzes, projects, unit tests, self-assessment, and question banks. In addition, the Applications-Connections-Extensions can be used for daily assessment. Other tools that guide student learning and can be used for assessment are notebooks, journals, notebook checks, and vocabulary lists.
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