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Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks

A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation

Middle Grades Math Thematics

Authors: Rick Billstein, Jim Williamson, Perry Montoya, Jacqueline Lowery, Dianne Williams, Mary Buck, Clay Burkett, Lynn Churchill, Chris Clouse, Roslyn Denny, Willam Derrick, Sue Dolezal, Doug Galarus, Paul Kennedy, Pat Lamphere, Nancy Merrill, Sallie Morse, Marjorie Petit, Patrick Runkel, Thomas Sanders-Garrett, Richard T. Seitz, Bonnie Spence, Becky Sowders, Chris Tuckerman, Ken Wenger, Joanne Wilkie, Cheryl Wilson, and Bente Winston.
Publisher: McDougal Littell
Edition: 1999
Grade Level/ Format: This series is designed for grades 6, 7, and 8. The books are labeled Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3. Each book consists of eight modules. Each module has four to six sections. There are one to three explorations per section.
Activities: In a typical unit, or module, students read the section overview, which outlines the learning goals, and review the module project, which they work on throughout the unit, applying the mathematics. Each module is divided into sections. Within each section, students (1) engage in a motivating activity that sets the stage for the section, (2) work through a series of activities learning mathematical concepts and skills and solving problems, (3) review what they’ve learned on a summary page, and (4) practice and apply skills with a series of exercises.
Assessment: Assessment includes warm-up exercises, discussion questions, quick quizzes, checkpoints, whole group questions, practice and application exercises, lab sheets, homework exercises, and extra skill practice for each section. Formal assessments include mid-module quizzes, module tests, standardized tests, and module performance assessments. Other tools for assessment include extended explorations, module projects, student self-assessments and suggestions for portfolios.
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