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C URRICULUM E VALUATION

HIGH: MEDIUM: LOW: NONE:


THE MATERIAL MEETS ALL INDICATORS

THE MATERIAL MEETS INDICATOR 1, ALONG WITH ENOUGH OF THE OTHER INDICATORS

THE MATERIAL MEETS INDICATOR 1, ALONG WITH 1 OF THE OTHER INDICATORS

THE MATERIAL DOES NOT MEET ANY OF THE INDICATORS

Evaluation Points
I.1. Conveying Unit Purpose 1. The purpose is presented to students explicitly. 2. The purpose is likely to be comprehensible to students. 3. The purpose is likely to be interesting and/or motivating 4. Students are given an opportunity to think about and discuss the purpose. 5. Most activities/lessons are consistent with the purpose. 6. The material returns to the purpose at the end of the unit. I.3. Justifying Sequence of Activities 1. The material provides a rationale for the overall sequence of activities/lessons. 2. If no rationale for the overall sequence of activities/lessons, the reviewer can identify one. 3. The sequence of activities reflects the stated purpose. III.1. Providing Variety of Contexts 1. The experiences with objects, applications, and materials are right on target in addressing the content of the benchmark. 2. The material provides an appropriate variety of experiences with objects, applications, and materials. IV.2. Introducing Terms and Procedures 1. The material limits the use of terms and procedures 2. The material introduces mathematical vocabulary or procedures in conjunction with experiences, rather than having students simply memorize definitions/procedures. 3. The material provides appropriate examples or meaningful applications of the terms or procedures. IV.3. Representing Ideas Accurately 1. The material includes accurate representations 2. The material includes comprehensible representations. 3. The material includes appropriate number of variety of accurate and comprehensible representations.

Rating
Medium

Justification
There is an explanation of what the students should know, what they will learn and how it can be used. There is, however, no end of the unit summary but there is a test preparation section.

High

The book gives an explanation at the beginning of the unit.

High

Practice problems range from no context problems, word context problems, application, activities, warm-ups, post activities, and going further problems. This book introduces each term where needed. It provides pictures and definitions. It sets apart the definition and picture in a separate box. The book also uses that exact term for the rest of the chapter. There are step by step examples. The book provides practice problems that deal with what the students learned and are learning

High

High

IV.4. Connection Benchmark Ideas 1. The material notes connections among specific benchmark ideas. 2. The material adequately explains or develops the identified connections. 3. The material engages students in making and/or explaining the identified connections VII.3. Supporting All Students 1. The material avoids stereotypes or language that might be offensive to a particular group. 2. The material illustrates the contribution or participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to mathematics-related fields. 3. The material suggests alternative formats for students to develop or express their mathematics knowledge during instruction and assessment. 4. The material includes specific suggestions on how teachers can modify activities for students with special needs, interests, or abilities.

Medium

The text makes connections to what they have already learned and explains how it will help them in the next lesson. I would like to see more real-world connections though. There are no people pictured within the text. The book gives numerous tips for teachers of how to help slow students and challenge excelled ones. It also incorporates technology ideas and various projects.

High

Overall Rating: High / High-Medium

Looking at the ratings I gave for the sections, this is a good text book. My experience with using it in the classroom has been a positive one and I havent found anything that I dont like about this text. I have talked with my CT about why she chose it and she put a lot of thought into it. It is very helpful in making lesson plans and provides support for the teacher and student.