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Grade 7: EngageNY Grade 7 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: 5/9/2014.

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 7 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 (11.8)
Chart with scale of 'meets criteria' from 0 (None) to 3 (All). Alignment: 3.0, Key Area of Focus: 3.0, Instructional Supports: 3.0, Assessment: 2.75.
Module 1: Ratios and Proportional Relationships

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Chart with scale from 0 (Weak) to 3 (Superior). Explanation: 2.5, Interactivity: , Exercises: 2.25, Deeper Learning: 2.5.
Module 1: Ratios and Proportional Relationships

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Reviewer Comments (Learn more)

None (1.0)

Strengths/Ideal Use:

The resource is very thorough. The majority of the standards are addressed and it provides multiple lessons to address more heavily packed standards. Problems posed are well written. Some problems provide opportunities for conceptual development and critical thinking. Assessments are accompanied by tightly aligned rubrics, saving teachers from reinventing the wheel. Materials are well-placed and easy to find and access. Multiple formats available.

New teachers or teachers with new assignment should be able to use this fairly easily to provide foundations for lesson plans. Some adaptations will need to be made in the current context. I appreciate the availability and organization of this resource. I have used it pretty heavily in my classroom. It appears to address the shifts of the CCSS-M. Again, some adaptations are necessary.

Challenges:

  • Not enough problems and exercises - one set of problems or exercises is provided per lesson, leaving no room for extra practice for students who may need this.
  • Limited summative assessment materials - only one mid-unit and end-of-unit summative assessment provided.
  • Some materials appear to address content deeper than the standard suggests.
  • Content is heavily text-based, leaving little access for students with special needs.

Suggestions:

  • Provide additional sets of exercises or provide direct links for teachers to access additional practice.
  • Provide 2 or 3 alternative assessments for students who may need more than one opportunity to demonstrate mastery.
  • Provide more suggestions for SPED and/or ELL adaptations; provide more visual references and tactile activities to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

This resource has strong correlation to the CCSS - every standard is addressed to the depth needed, in a variety of places. not just a checklist of what to teach topically. Mathematical practices are embedded in student work and the teacher notes call out the specific places where students are engaging in the mathematical practices. Problem solving and modeling provide a variety of opportunities for students to engage in productive struggle and make sense of math.

The strength of the teacher notes and guide allow for use by any level/experience of teacher. My only concern with this resource is the accessibility of some of the material to students. I feel like student will struggle with some of the complexity in the problems and even notation. It does require a well prepared teacher to be ready to get students to engage in the learning with the proper support.

Challenges:

  • The format for problem sets are all the same format, and the level at which students are expected to perform would challenge a lot of students beyond scope of their abilities.

Suggestions:

  • Provide more support for these problems in the classroom, not for use as homework.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

This resource includes well-designed lessons. Teacher materials include complete lesson plans that utilize a variety of instructional approaches. Formative and summative assessments are included with rubrics. Content is well-aligned with Common Core standards and nearly all standards are addressed to the full depth of the standard.

The curriculum is complete and could be used by a new teacher. Colleagues who have used this curriculum have commented that their students weren't prepared well enough to be successful. Helping students be successful during the transition to the Common Core standards may require additional material.

Challenges:

  • Overall content is excellent but noticed missing content for 7.SP.C.7 and 7.SP.C.8.

Suggestions:

  • Include developing a uniform probability model include finding probabilities of compound events using organized lists, tables, and simulation.
  • Include pre-assessments.
  • Include multiple versions of mid-module and end-of-module assessments.

Strengths/Ideal Use:

This curriculum is very strong as far as it's alignment to the Common Core shifts. The ideal scenario is using this resource as a complete curriculum. I have used this curriculum with several grades, and I have found it to be challenging for my students as well as relevant.

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