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Grade 6: Saylor.org Academy Math Grade 6

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

Background from OER Project Review Team
Saylor is a non-profit foundation that hires teachers and professors to create course blueprints, locate, vet, and organize OER into a structured course format. This Grade 6 mathematics resource was designed and is intended as a self-directed online course or to be used by teachers as a supplement. It is also useful for the homeschool community and alternative classroom programs. This should factor into the viewer

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)

Revision needed (4.5)
Chart with scale of 'meets criteria' from 0 (None) to 3 (All). Alignment: 0.75, Key Area of Focus: 1.5, Instructional Supports: 1.5, Assessment: 0.75.
Unit 2: Ratio and Proportion (6 sections)

Achieve OER (Learn more)

Chart with scale from 0 (Weak) to 3 (Superior). Explanation: 2.25, Interactivity: , Exercises: 1.5, Deeper Learning: 1.25.
Unit 2: Ratio and Proportion (6 sections)

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Reviewer Comments (Learn more)

Minor (2.0)

Strengths/Ideal Use:

The unit does proceed in a logical progression, leading students down a natural path for learning ratios and then on to proportions and finally connecting to percent. The use of videos/digital media is good. This technology gives students the opportunity to view and review the materials to catch pieces of information they may have missed.

This curriculum is self-directing, as it should be since it is an online curriculum. Even new teaches should be able to follow it fairly easily.

Challenges:

  • This unit is an online unit. There is very little opportunity for students to utilize the practice standards such as developing math arguments and critiquing other's ideas/arguments. The lack of cooperative learning makes this curriculum limiting.
  • Limited amount of complex problems. Exercises focused on procedures - students were not asked to develop, write about, or share their conceptual understanding of ratios and proportions.

Suggestions:

  • Use an electronic learning environment such as Blackboard to support cooperative learning and fully utilize the math practice standards.
  • Include complex problems that force to students to make conjectures, explain their reasoning, and create and defend mathematical arguments.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

The videos were well done and very concrete for learners to follow. An attempt was made to address the 6th grade standards, however they didn't go far enough.

I would use these materials with students who needed a concentrated lesson in one area of the 6th grade standards.

Challenges:

  • Could not find any teacher or assessment materials.
  • Limited real life problems.

Suggestions:

  • Create more problems and exercises that require students to interact with the math and think abstractly and respond in order to justify their answers.
  • Create a teachers manual with scaffolding of lessons, areas of assessments and emphasis on special populations such as ELL and gifted and SPED.
  • Create assessment materials throughout the curriculum so decisions can be made about reteaching or moving forward with students.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

The compilation of materials, videos, interactive practice, and text all allow students to become engaged. Many of the Illustrative Math problems help students to problem-solve.

When a student is out for an extended period of time due to an illness, injury, extended vacation, etc. You could assign this based on what you would be covering in class so that they do not get so far behind.

Challenges:

  • You have to sign in to get access to any formal assessments - and then you only have access as a student.
  • There are some standards that have been incompletely covered or left out entirely - 6.NS.A.2, 6.NS.C.6, 6.NS.C.7, 6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.A.4, 6.EE.B.5, 6.EE.C.9, 6.SP.A.2, and 6.SP.A.3 are all either missing or incomplete.
  • Adaptations for ELL or gifted learners are not addressed.
  • There are no teacher materials.

Suggestions:

  • Make sure that the standards listed above are covered thoroughly.
  • Include teacher materials.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

All teachers are looking for new ways to engage the students. This resource can be used by students individually or the curriculum can be used in a class setting where the whole class watches the videos and completes the problems on the projector.

Strengths include:

  • Prior year knowledge is reviewed and opportunities for extension are included.
  • Graphing is a separate unit and includes Geometric graphing with the number sense graphing standards.

Challenges:

  • NO accessible assessments.
  • Graphic organizers are non-existent.

Suggestions:

  • Insert sections of the curriculum asking students to create a visual based on the material they have learned and then check their visual against a completed one the students would have access to.

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