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Approved District-wide Math Resources
Tier 1
●Investigations core curriculum. - 60 minutes plus "Ten Minute Math" or "Classroom
Routines" practice found in each curriculum unit
●Calendar Math (K-5)
●Math Scapes core curriculum - 60 minutes (for 6th - 8th grades)
●Math Minutes (for 6th-8th grades)
Support Materials to Core Math Curriculum
●Nimble with Numbers
●Boston Homework
●Boston Ten Minute Math
●Discovery Education Streaming
●Drops in the Bucket - if used, must be used out of the 60+10 core minutes
●Evan Moore Materials - if used, must be used out of the 60+10 core minutes
●FASTTMath - if used, should be used outside of the 60+10 core minutes
●Origo Box of Facts - if used, should be used outside of the 60+10 core minutes
●Strategy-Based Fact Practice (developed by Laura Mastel)
●Camp Edventure Resource Binders
●Math Resource Database
●Math DELICIOUS link resources
●Critical Skills Binder (6th grade only)
●Hands On Equations (LoS)
Tier 2
●All Tier 1 resources
●KeyMath3 ER (essential resource kit)
●Building Blocks for Math (preK-K)
●iReady Diagnostic and Instruction (K-8) Web-based
Tier 3
●All Tier 1 and Tier 2 resources
●Do The Math
●Pirate Math
●iReady Diagnostic and Instruction (K-8) Web-based
Assessments
●MAP / Primary MAP
●Investigations Unit Assessments - District
●Strategy Based Fact Practice Assessment (to be used with the support materials)
●Standards-based Report Cards
●NDSA
Intervention Glossary:
Building Blocks for Math:
SRA Real Math Building Blocks PreK (also referred to as Building Blocks for Math) is a
supplemental mathematics curriculum designed to develop preschool children's early
mathematical knowledge through various individual and small- and large-group activities.
Boston Homework (Mathematics):
Boston Homework is a binder of supplemental math practice that aligns with core math
instruction. Each unit for the first edition of Investigations has multiple pages containing a
task or problems that give additional practice. Each of these pages is tagged with the
mathematical focus. Each unit also contains pages that practices concepts from previous
units, so the entire binder is useful. In grades 4 and 5 contains good section on
measurement. This resource exists for grades one to five.
Boston TMM (Ten Minute Math):
This binder contains additional lessons that help provide opportunities to gain more
understanding on difficult mathematical concepts for students to grasp. These were written
to
align with core curriculum. A binder is provided in each classroom for grades 3, 4, and 5.
There are lessons for each of the five strands. The lessons are longer that ten minutes, so
the
teacher uses many days to do these over time or the teacher uses a regular class time for
instruction and student practice.
Camp Edventure Curriculum:
Curriculum was provided for teachers of students finishing grades K through 6. Three weeks
of instruction materials in linear measurement, geometry, number and operations, and two
weeks of instructional materials for basic fact practice were provided. These materials
provide
many activities that can be incorporated into classroom practice during the regular term.
Calendar Math:
Aligned with NCTM Standards, Every Day Counts® Calendar Math provides lessons and
activities to preview, review, practice, and discuss critical math concepts and skills and build
math understanding.
Delicious:
(Standards-Based/Teacher Reviewed Websites) - All teachers, students, and parents have
access to teacher-reviewed websites aimed at providing simulations and reinforcement
activities on specific skills. An online bookmarking program call DELICIOUS was used to
capture and organize the sites. The sites are listed off the district homepage at
http://www.bismarckschools.org under Curriculum and Instruction. The links are organized
by
state standard and "big idea." Most sites are interactive and would be useful for students
who
need extra practice or a different explanation for a concept. These sites could be
implemented
as part of centers at elementary, demonstrated in a whole class environment, suggested for
practice at home, etc. Bismarck Public Schools maintains curriculum-based Delicious sites
for
the subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Each summer
teachers
review and organize student-centered websites by state standards and benchmark.
Teachers
are also able to create their own Delicious sites to organize online resources for easy access
by students.
Discovery Education Streaming:
(Previously called United Streaming) Discovery Education streaming is a digital
video-on-demand and online teaching service to help improve students' retention and test
scores. Discovery Education streaming integrates into any curriculum with 8700 full-length
videos segmented into 87,000 content-specific clips tied directly to state and national
standards.
Discovery Education streaming can be used by any staff member in the district to deepen
student understanding and retention on specific concepts. The site is packed with very good
math video segments that can often times present a concept in a way that is just enough
different from the text or the teacher presentation that it clicks.
Drops in the Bucket:
The supplemental resource book that provides systematic daily practice for skills and
reinforcement to promote long-term memory. This book is not provided by the district, but
schools may purchase a copy or copies for the teachers. This resource should be used not
according to age or grade level, but according to the level of mathematical understanding of
the student.
End of Unit and End of Year Benchmark Tests (paper for all grades or online 5th
grade
only):
The end of unit test is a summative assessment to help evaluate students' progress at the
end of each unit in grades K through 6 and at the end of the year for grades 1 through 6. It
includes information for administering the tests, scoring the tests, and interpreting the
results.
FASTT Math:
(Fluency and Automaticity through Systematic Teaching with Technology) - This is a
computer-based program with limited license availability. It is currently being implemented
as
a pilot. The intervention helps students develop automatic recall of basic math facts
enabling
students to focus on higher-order math skills such as advanced computation, problem
solving, and algebra. The program continuously adapts to increase math fluency in addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division. Uses the expanding recall technique - new facts are
presented in manageable chunks that are interspersed with known facts in practice
sessions.
This helps student's move newly acquired facts from their working memory to their longterm
memory. Implemented in 10-minute daily sessions.
Hands-On Equations®:
A program developed by Dr. Henry Borenson to provide an intuitive, hands-on approach, to
presenting algebraic concepts to grade school and middle school students. The program
uses
numbered-cubes to represent the constants, and blue pawns to represent the variable x. It
also uses a scale representation on which the students “set up” the equation.
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space:
The adopted core curriculum for the district is designed to engage students in making sense
of mathematical ideas. Lessons for grades 1 to 5 are written for one hour classes and in
kindergarten, for 30 to 45 minute classes. In addition, teachers in grades 3 through 5 need
to conduct brief Ten-Minute Math activities. Ten-Minute Math requires 10 to 15 minutes of
additional daily work outside of math time. These activities are an important part of
Investigations curriculum as they offer skill building, practice, and review that support the
regular math work. They also reinforce work students have done in previous units and help
students increase their repertoire of strategies for mental calculation and problem solving.
Classroom Routines appear in Grades K-2 and there are also two routines included in grade
3.
Classroom Routines occur at regular intervals and are short activities designed to take no
longer than 10 minutes to support and balance the in-depth work of each curriculum unit.
After their first introduction in a math session, they are intended for use outside of math
time. Ten-Minute Math and Classroom Routines are an essential part of the core curriculum
as they continue to help student place understanding into long term memory.
iReady Diagnostic and Instruction:
K-8 online diagnostic helps pinpoint student needs and accelerate learning with a powerful
online program customized for every student. The all-new i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction
is
an effective combination of adaptive diagnostic assessment, engaging differentiated
instruction, and instant reporting. There is a per student cost to program.
KeyMath -3 Essential Resources:
This is a comprehensive math intervention program tied directly to KeyMath-3 Diagnostic
Assessment which is used by district special education teachers. It is for use with students
who are developing math concepts and skills typically introduced in grades K-5/6. Each
lesson
is designed for a 30-40 minute class period. KeyMath-3 ER gives educators ready access to
effective and engaging intervention materials tailored to the individual’s learning needs in
three content areas: foundational math concepts, operational skills, problem solving. The
program identifies these ten instructional strands: Numeration, Algebra, Geometry,
Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Mental Computation and Estimation, Addition
and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Foundations of Problem Solving, and Applied
Problem Solving.
Math Resource Database:
This resource was designed within BPS to help administrators, teachers, specialists,
after-school facilitators, parents, students, and other stakeholders' access curriculum
aligned
math resources by grade and RIT. The resources on these pages are consistent with our
district methodology and are believed to be of value to students who are ready to learn the
information associated with a particular level. The database can be searched by (1) RIT
range
- RIT is a student proficiency range that results from the district assessment or (2) by
benchmark area - as associated with grade and North Dakota State Standard. At the most
basic level, this site can be used to determine what a student should know and do by the
end
of his/her current grade-level. Of course, if a student is working below or beyond gradelevel
as indicated by quarter grades, assessment results, observations, etc., then adjustments
should be made to look at resources that either remediate or extend. Similar to the
standards-based/teacher reviewed websites; these sites can be implemented as part of
centers at elementary, demonstrated in a whole class environment, suggested for practice
at
home, etc.
MathScape1:
This is the district adopted math curriculum for sixth grade students. Its materials are
designed to be mathematically clear and pedagogically effective with diverse populations of
students. Lessons are written for class periods that last 45 minutes.
Nimble with Numbers:
Provides engaging math experiences to enhance number sense and promote practice. It is
published by Dale Seymour. It is marketed as Grades 1 and 2, grades 2 and 3, Grades 3
and
4, Grades 4 and 5, Grades 5 and 6, Grades 6 and 7. The books contain sponges which are
enriching activities for soaking up spare moments. Sponges can be used with the whole
class
or small group as warm-up activities or during spare time to provide additional math
practice.
Sponges are short in duration (3-15 minute) and require little or no preparation. These are
repeatable and once they become familiar can be student-led. There are skills checks which
include starter tasks which promote mental computation and number sense. The games are
intended to be played by small games groups or pair players. They can be modeled to the
entire class so rules are understood. The games require 20 to 45 minutes of playing time.
The games are ideal for home use since they provide students with additional practice and
reassure parents that the number strand continues to be valued. When sending game
boards
home, be sure to include the directions.
Pearson SuccessNet (Scott Foresman Reading Street & Investigations) Online
Environment:
The district K-6 Literacy curriculum includes access to an online portal of additional
resources
for student assessment and for differentiated activities. It's an online environment that
houses both Reading Street and now some Math Investigations resources. It provides the
ability for teachers, students, and parents to log in to the online environment for
assessments, leveled reader access, textbook access, and more. This curriculum connected
online environment is useful for differentiation and provides opportunities to create
customized progress monitoring on specific skills. This online environment is available to all
teachers. In 2009-2010 the environment will be expanded to include specific activities
focusing on skill gaps. The assignment of these activities can be customized to specific
students based on skill gaps.
Origo Box of Facts:
There are two sets, one for addition/subtraction and one for multiplication/division that
contain simple visual aids and models to help young students see the thinking strategies
they
can use to learn the essential number facts. They can be used to introduce, reinforce,
practice and extend number fact strategies. Students with low Number Sense scores on MAP
math assessment would certainly benefit.