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Grade 6: EngageNY Grade 6 Mathematics

EngageNY/Common Core

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This resource was reviewed by OSPI in Spring 2015. Learn more about the review process and the data analysis approach.

The version reviewed was last updated: 5/7/2014.

Background from OER Project Review Team
EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department. In order to assist schools and districts with the implementation of the Common Core, they have provided curricular modules and units in P-12 ELA and math that can be adopted or adapted for local purposes. Grade 6 Mathematics consists of a high-level outline (curriculum map and module overview/assessment bundle) for instruction and a set of curriculum materials following that outline

IMET (Learn more)

Chart with scale from 0 (Strongly Disagree) to 3 (Strongly Agree). Consistent Content: , Rigor & Balance: , Practice Connections: , Standards for Math Content: , Quality Indicators: .

EQuIP (Learn more)

Exemplar if improved (10.8)
Chart with scale of 'meets criteria' from 0 (None) to 3 (All). Alignment: 3.0, Key Area of Focus: 3.0, Instructional Supports: 2.25, Assessment: 2.5.
Module 1: Ratios and Unit Rates

Achieve OER (Learn more)

Chart with scale from 0 (Weak) to 3 (Superior). Explanation: 1.75, Interactivity: , Exercises: 1.75, Deeper Learning: 2.5.
Module 1: Ratios and Unit Rates

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Reviewer Comments (Learn more)

Minor (1.5)

Strengths/Ideal Use:

This resource would be best used in the classroom on a daily basis. The lessons and materials are rich and students can use them easily plus they build fluency and conceptual learning. Lessons were progressive with each mathematical concept and the ELL guide is an awesome resource.

Nice job on the curriculum and thank you for making it free for other places to use it as their curriculum or a unit replacement.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

I have used this to replace certain units. I have also used it to support what I was already doing in the classroom. All the CCSS are covered and exit tickets, mid-module assessments, post-module assessments, rubrics, answer keys and teacher support materials are all included. When you compare the practice problems to the Smarter Balanced test specs, the practice problems overall seem more rigorous.

This resource is best used by an experienced teacher that is used to having to create supports for students since this would not be good for students who were absent or behind. This is because of the lack of provided examples without the teacher filling them in.

Challenges:

  • The text is not visually appealing. It is boring and institutionalized and has plain black and white block text with the only graphics being tables, graphs, geometric figures, etc.
  • There are little to no teaching materials geared toward the students that are not teacher-driven. This will make catching students up who have been absent a problem unless they are given the teacher materials. I also does not allow for flip teaching.
  • The lessons are said to take 45 minutes, but this would not really allow any time for the students to start on their problem set or correct the set from the day before. The total class and instruction time with the exit ticket adds up to 45 minutes. This is without time to score the previous problem set or begin the current problem set.
  • Printing all the lessons can be costly as there is a lot of white space on the pages for students to do work.

Suggestions:

  • Add a little graphic excitement to engage students more. It needs to appeal more to middle school teachers.
  • Add some support into the lessons that are more student driven instead of teacher driven.
  • Suggest lesson items that can be deleted or altered to gain some extra time.
  • Have a pdf that removes all the wasted space so that students can use their notebooks to do the work when possible to save on copy costs.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

The resource is nicely laid out for the teacher - the lessons lead into one another and provide a nice sequence. The curriculum is scripted for inexperienced teachers. Several assessments are provided to consistently evaluate student learning - exit quizzes, mid module assessment and end of module assessment.

The curriculum would best be used after students have been in contact with the CCSS since Kindergarten. During the transition years, it is not useful as it doesn't provide remediation or review of previous material. The curriculum may be helpful for teachers beginning to teach as it provides a script. So while the teacher is learning the concepts, it helps to foster learning of teaching methods. However, it would take an experienced teacher to know how and when to intervene.

Challenges:

  • There are only a few problems for practice in several of the modules.
  • The curriculum doesn't state how to address students of special needs or students that have mastered the material faster than others.

Suggestions:

  • Add more practice or resources for practice.
  • Add some extension activities/problems.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

I think this material could be used in a general 6th grade math classroom. The teacher material is written so that a teacher at any level would find it useful. The mathematical practices and how they will appear in the unit are specifically addressed in the teacher materials.

Challenges:

  • Limited number of problems sets to allow for differentiation.

Suggestions:

  • If the number of problems sets and the number and type of problems in each set were increased, it would allow for more differentiation. A struggling student could have extra practice and a proficient student could go deeper into the content.

Creative Commons License
This work by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.