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Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks

A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation

Mathematics in Context

Authors: National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Educational Staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thomas A. Romberg, Director
Gail Burrill, Mary Ann Fix, James A. Middleton, Margaret Meyer, Margaret Pligge, Jonathan Brendefur, Laura J. Brinker, James Browne, Jack Burrill, Rose Byrd, Peter Christiansen, Barbara Clarke, Doug Clarke, Beth R. Cole, Fae Dremock, Tiriza Halevi, Jasmina Milinkovic, Mary C. Shafer, Julia A. Shew, Kay Schultz, Aaron N. Simon, Marvin Smith, Stephanie Z. Smith, Mary S. Spence, and Kathleen A. Steele

Freudenthal Institute Staff at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jan de Lange, Director
Els Feijs, Martin van Reeuwijk, Mieke Abels, Nina Boswinkel, Frans van Galen, Koeno Gravemeijer, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Jan Auke de Jong, Vincent Jonker, Ronald Keijzer, Martin Kindt, Jansie Niehaus, Nanda Querelle, Anton Roodhardt, Leen Streefland, Adri Treffers, Monica Wijers, and Astrid de Wild

Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation
Edition: 1998
Grade Level/ Format: This series is designed for grades 5-9. There are ten modular units for each grade level (5/6, 6/7, 7/8, and 8/9). Each unit contains four to eight sections.
Activities: In a typical unit, students (1) are introduced to mathematical objectives along with engaging questions in a letter to the student, (2) work through a thematic series of activities and problems, each of which lasts several days and involves group and independent work, (3) complete summary questions at the end of each section, intended to facilitate the integration and consolidation of the concepts and skills they have been studying, and (4) work on a series of assessment activities designed to evaluate major goals of the unit as they are applied to real-world contexts.
Assessment: Assessment includes ongoing assessment opportunities, such as problem solutions and other products within the activities, section summary questions, and end-of-unit assessment activities. Other tools for assessment include teacher observations, interactive responses, writings, optional teacher- or student-designed projects, and suggestions for student self-evaluation, portfolios, and teacher-created assessments.
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