


Middle
Grades Mathematics Textbooks
A BenchmarksBased Evaluation
Heath Mathematics Connections

Authors: 

Edward Manfre, James M. Moser, Joanne E. Lobato, and Lorna
Morrow. Contributing authors: B. Joan Goodman, Lee V. Stiff, and William F. Tate.
Consulting authors: Karen G. Gartland, Janet G. Gillespie, Patsy F. Kanter, Michael A.
Kasper, Iva McCants, Cynthia J. Pulver, Pamela M. Wallace, and Shirley Johnson Roberts. 



Publisher: 

D.C. Heath and Company 



Edition: 

1996 



Grade Level/ Format: 

This series is designed for grades 6, 7, and 8. The books are
labeled Level 6, Level 7, and Level 8. 



Activities: 

In a typical chapter, students engage in an opening
discussion relevant to the mathematics in the chapter. In each lesson students (1) read a
brief passage of reallife context for the mathematics, (2) develop understanding of
mathematical ideas through examples and illustrations of mathematical procedures, and (3)
work problems in guided practice, independent practice, and problem solving sections. In
some lessons, students are engaged in cooperative learning activities, problem solving,
estimation, and mental math. The teacher’s edition also provides teachers with ideas
for exploratory and discovery lessons, chapter projects, games, alternative approaches,
and extensions. 



Assessment: 

Assessment includes warmups, guided and independent
practice, reteach, practice, and enrichment worksheets, and a problem of the day for each
lesson. Section reviews, chapter reviews, chapter tests and standardized format tests are
used for formal assessment of chapters. Other tools for assessment include observation
checklists and performance inventories and suggestions for math logs and portfolios. 





