Excel Math
Math / June 26, 2015

Excel Math Content: Math Grade(s): K – 6th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 125+ Publication Date: 2005 Publisher: excelmath.com Common Core Aligned: Available and separate from the Standard edition From Excel Math’s Website: Excel Math uses a spiraling approach to ensure students have continual exposure and high retention of math concepts. Students use daily Lesson Sheets. Most Lessons are divided into three main sections: Lesson, Guided Practice, and Homework. Each math concept is taught then gradually refreshed throughout the year as it is integrated with previously-taught concepts. Lessons can be taught in about 10-20 minutes. The first 4-6 weeks of each grade level are review. This work may seem easy, but students gain confidence so they are ready when difficult concepts are introduced. The Teacher Edition provides suggestions for presentation of the objective, teaching the lesson, and use of manipulatives and brainteasers. On the back of the Lesson Sheet, students will find Guided Practice. These problems will take 20-30 minutes to complete. CheckAnswer, a self-assessment process that helps students develop confidence and good work strategies, is used with the Guided Practice. Students solve a set of 3-5 problems. Next,…

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Saxon Math
High School , Math / February 1, 2011

Saxon Math Content: Math Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 200+ Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: Saxon Math series Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers. According to the pedagogy * Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions * Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency * Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year, ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them Saxon Math K-3 program is designed to teach basic arithmetic concepts as well as geometry, patterns, time, and more. Each lesson is scripted for the parent, which takes the guesswork out of teaching young learners. Manipulatives accelerate understanding of abstract math concepts, and worksheets provide cumulative review. Saxon Math for middle grades transitions students from manipulatives and worksheets to a textbook approach. The…

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