Purposeful Design Math Grade 1 Student 2nd Edition

Purposeful Design Math Grade 1 Student 2nd Edition

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Item #: BM-063594
ISBN: 9781583315774
Grades: 1

Product Description:

Life in the Seas theme. Coverage includes addition/subtraction facts to 12; adding/subtracting two-digit numbers; number order through 100; ordinal numbers through 10th; place value to hundreds; fractions to ¼; time to nearest quarter hour; adding money; plane/solid figures; finding missing addends; writing number sentences; tally charts, pictographs, and bar graphs.

The K-3 softbound Purposeful Design Math Student Worktexts are colorful with well-illustrated worksheets (usually two per lesson) that include practice problems, word problems, and review, as well as occasional games and activities. Calculator use is taught from Grade 1, and problems occasionally instruct the student to use a calculator.

Publisher Description:

The Grade 1 Student Workbook features:

* Lessons with hands-on activities, conceptual understanding, problem solving, application, modeling, reasoning, and strands of algebra and geometry

* Strong emphasis of skill development and concept mastery

* Emphasis on STEM's interdisciplinary approach

* Learning-based projects

* More practice materials and activities

* Engaging photographs, tables, charts, and illustrations

(Soft cover, Consumable)

Category Description for Purposeful Design Math (2nd Edition):

This series should be considered a strong math option: a solid scope and sequence; pacing similar to a Singapore Math approach; well laid-out and colorful student texts; themed chapters and courses; and an excellent balance between problem solving skills (the STAR methodology: Seek, Think, Act, and Review) and basic algorithms. It is not a student-directed series, so the teacher should be prepared for minimal teacher prep for each lesson (15 minutes or so) and teacher-student interaction (foundational at the K-3 level and supplementary at the 4-6 grade levels.)

Claiming Psalm 8 as the series theme, each grade (1-6) centers around a particular aspect of Gods creation - Life in the Sea; Life in the Air; etc. These Biblical themes illustrate how math concepts are observable in creation and how man has applied these concepts. Scriptural references, allusions and passages are frequent throughout the student texts. While it is obvious that this series was created for a classroom setting (i.e. letter to be sent home to parents), it can be adapted to a home setting as long as the parent/teacher is willing to commit to a student-teacher interactive approach and recognizes the necessity of choosing some of the offered options rather than trying to do everything.

Cross-curricular applications are definitively emphasized. To give you an idea, here are some examples from Chapter 10 (Measurement) in the Grade 3 - unusual units of measurement (language arts), relating temperatures and rainfall to geographical regions (social studies), making inch-worms (art), and temperature collage books (science) spread over a week or so. There are literature selections for each chapter and short segments on each of these selections are included within the daily lesson plans. You can pick and choose from these activities rather than try to do them all.

Manipulatives are used throughout the series but predominantly in the K-3 books. Instructions for making some of these manipulatives are found in the Teacher Guide while others are included in the blackline masters. However, there are some traditional math manipulatives used at each level (We have prepared packages of these). The scope and sequence for this series is broad. Basic algorithms addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are covered thoroughly. Other topics include patterns, number theory, place value, fractions/decimals (introduced early), measurement, time, money, geometry, algebra (also introduced early), probability, statistics, and technology (i.e. calculator and computer activities).

This series compares favorably with the Singapore Math approach although there appears to be less emphasis on mental math. The scope and sequence is roughly parallel and similarly paced. This series does not share the rather unique problem solving methodology found in the Singapore programs bar modeling but it does have its own emphasis on problem solving. The strong Biblical themes and emphasis will appeal to many who like the Singapore scope and sequence but prefer material from a Christian publisher.

The Teacher Guides are substantial (especially at the younger levels), essential, and spiral-bound. There are two to four pages of detailed lesson plans for each of the 176 daily lessons (170 lessons in the 6th grade) packed with useful information in a friendly, easy-to-use format and contain general information for each chapter (11-14 chapters in each course). Lesson objectives and an introduction with a materials list are followed by directed instruction which includes math moments (suggested activities or applications that reinforce the lesson), cross-curricular moments, reduced student pages (with answers) and suggestions for enrichment activities. Moments with the Master or Moments with Bible segments provide biblical applications. Periodic recovery segments provide review and help for struggling students. Note: chapter resources include separate software lists for PCs/Windows and Macs, but these lists may be dated (some have a 1999 copyright; others 2005 or 2007) and lists are definitely classroom geared. The bottom line is that while you might find some valuable gems, I wouldnt count on these lists for software suggestions. But then these suggestions are supplemental to the courses rather than integral. The Directed Instruction sequence is the heart of each lesson and while not scripted, it is very thorough. "Explain that . . . "; "Demonstrate the . . . "; "Ask students to think about . . ."; or "Direct students to (worksheets)." These follow a general path of concept to concrete/practical context to abstract explanation. Additional resources such as: blackline masters, overhead transparencies, drills, chapter reviews, cumulative reviews and chapter tests are now accessible online as PDFs to be printed as you need them (some of our older stock may still include CD-ROMs, but these are being phased out). Overhead transparency PDFs can be digitally projected and used to illustrate teaching sequences. Blackline master resources include a total of 200 or so reproducible additional work sheets for practice, recovery or for enrichment. Answers to problems from either the Student Worktexts or Student Texts are found in the Teacher Guide itself (reduced pages with answers) while answers to the blackline masters are found on the next page of the masters.

The K-3 softbound Student Worktexts are colorful with well-illustrated worksheets (usually two per lesson) that include practice problems, word problems, and review, as well as occasional games and activities. The 4-6 grade hardcover Student Texts are also colorful but non-consumable. These have more reading and a consistent pattern: construct meaning (instruction), check understanding (short problem set), practice (more extensive problems), and apply (word problems) or review. Both worktext types utilize a nice variety. There are Chapter Check-Ups as well as an end-of-the chapter Study Guide. Calculator use is taught from Grade 1 and problems occasionally instruct the student to use a calculator.

We have also assembled Manipulative Kits for each grade level. Items in these kits are mentioned in the teacher guides as suggestions for demonstrating concepts. Manipulatives arent required, but these kits have been assembled for the convenience of those who choose to use manipulatives. There are other items mentioned in the teacher guides that are not included in our kits. They are items that may only be used a few times or might be something you can skip or may already have at home. Some items are a little more expensive, so substitutions have been made where possible others have been omitted. If you have purchased the manipulative kit for the previous level of this curriculum, Add-on Kits are available. These kits are just the additional items needed for the next grade level.

Second Edition materials reflect an obvious graphics and appearance update as well as a complete lesson "re-do." The courses have retained all of their many excellent features but there are some welcome differences. In general, within the colorful and engaging books there is a greater emphasis on skill development, mastery, cumulative review and formative assessment. The STAR methodology is still foundational but there is a greater emphasis on STEMs interdisciplinary approach. Chapter assessments are available in a traditional test format as well as in an editable test bank. Lessons include hands-on activities, conceptual understanding, problem solving, application, modeling, reasoning, and strands of algebra and geometry. The many supplemental teacher resources are found online (older stock will still include a CD-ROM) including blackline masters, transparency masters, memory masters, test banks, warmups, pre-assessments, materials lists, computer presentations and visuals. Cumulative reviews are provided every third chapter and a comprehensive year-end cumulative review is usable as the next grades pre-assessment test. Second edition Teachers Manuals are even more user-friendly and attractive (and they were excellent before); reduced color copies of the student pages are found in the TM. Also, the TM format matches the other Purposeful Design Bible and Science courses. Im glad to see this quality update of an excellent program. ~ Janice




Category Description for GRADE 1 MATH:

How do you pick the BEST first grade math program?

When it comes to choosing a math curriculum, we encourage parents to consider some basic factors-we call them the FAMILY factors. The FAMILY acronym stands for Faith, Approach, Money, Individual, Life and You. These factors apply to all of your curriculum choices, but let’s take a few moments and look them in the context of choosing a math curriculum.

F-Faith

Do you prefer a religious, a neutral or a secular math program? Religious or Christian programs contain faith-based or instructional content from a religious perspective. Neutral programs avoid religious topics or present multiple viewpoints without preference. Secular programs contain content contrary to Christian beliefs.

A-Approaches

In other subject areas, we talk about Classical, Charlotte Mason, Traditional, or more. Most math curriculum would be considered Traditional like you find in schools. They often include a text, teacher manual, tests and more. Another consideration in math is the teaching methodology. The majority of math curriculum will be either Spiral or Sequential.

  • Spiral learning means topics and concepts are repeated from level to level, adding more depth at each pass and connecting with review. Examples include Saxon and Abeka Math curriculum.
  • Sequential learning means the curriculum progresses through well-defined learning objectives, with an emphasis on mastery before moving to the next topic. Examples include Math U See and the Singapore Math methodology.

M-Money

What is your curriculum budget? When comparing costs of curriculum, make sure all factors are considered. Is the program sold in a complete package or are there additional items to purchase? What about consumable components? This is an important consideration if you plan to use the program with more than one child. Consumable means that the student writes in the book, using it up. Non-consumables, on the other hand, are reusable.

I-Individuals

Does a program fit the learning style and abilities of your child? Common learning styles include the auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners. Use of manipulatives may be helpful for students with visual or kinesthetic learning styles. Another consideration is the pacing of the program-which is how fast the instruction moves. Depending on your child, a slower pace with more review and repetition may be necessary, or alternatively, the child may need the challenge of a faster pace.

L-Life

Every family situation is different. Are you balancing part-time or full-time employment? Will a grandparent or friend be co-teaching and need ready to go lessons? Are there other family dynamics involved like a new baby, or health issue in a family member? All of these will impact your decision.

Y-You

Often the most overlooked, but one of great importance that extends from the LIFE factor. What are your needs? How confident do you feel about teaching math? Some publishers provide scripted lessons—especially in the elementary years. Scripting means that every word the teacher needs to say is right there in the teacher’s manual. Some programs also provide video teaching aids. When considering your needs, consider whether the program requires low, medium, or high teacher involvement. Low Teacher Involvement programs often feature student-led materials that allow the student to work independently. Parents act more as a facilitator. Medium Teacher Involvement programs provide a mix of teacher-led time and independent student work. High Teacher Involvement programs typically have teacher led lessons, hands-on activities, teacher-student discussions and more, which require more one-on-one time.

Along with the FAMILY factors, here are a few additional considerations.

  • Does the program use hands on manipulatives? While tactile learners thrive with manipulatives, it is common for elementary children who show signs of other learning styles, to excel with the concrete learning that manipulatives provide. If you don’t feel manipulatives are valuable for your learner or fit in your budget, consider picking a program with ample pictures or graphics that teach the concepts, to help solidify concepts for children in the concrete stage of learning.
  • Remember, YOU are the teacher, and the math program is simply a tool. The program that feels right today, may not feel that way in a few weeks. Whether you need to repeat lessons in a mastery- based program or move faster through a slower paced, spiral program, you are in control. If you are unsure how to do this, reach out to one of our curriculum consultants. We would be happy to help you.

Our Rainbow consultant team has put together a Math Curriculum Comparison Chart that can be downloaded here . This is designed to show how the various math programs provide for the needs of your family along the lines of the FAMILY factors.


Category Description for Purposeful Design Math:

This well-designed math series deserves serious consideration. It features a solid scope and sequence; pacing similar to a Singapore approach math, and a well laid-out and colorful series of student texts with updated graphics and appearance. The program places an emphasis on skill development, mastery, cumulative review and formative assessment.; and offers an excellent balance between problem solving skills (the STAR methodology: Seek, Think, Act, and Review). It also integrates the interdisciplinary approach of STEM, as well as basic algorithms. It is not a student-directed series, so the teacher should be prepared for minimal teacher prep for each lesson (15 minutes or so) and teacher-student interaction (foundational at the K-3 level and selective at the 4-6 grade levels.). Biblical themes illustrate how math concepts are observable in creation and how man has applied these concepts. Scriptural references, allusions and passages are frequent throughout the student texts.

Manipulatives are used throughout the series but predominantly in the K-3 books. Instructions for making some of these manipulatives are found in the Teacher Guide while others are included in the blackline masters. There are, however, some traditional math manipulatives used at each level (Rainbow offers prepared packages containing these resources). The scope and sequence for this series is broad. Basic algorithms in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are covered thoroughly. Other topics include patterns, number theory, place value, fractions/decimals (introduced early), measurement, time, money, geometry, algebra (also introduced early), probability, statistics, and technology (i.e. calculator and computer activities).

The Teacher Guides are substantial (especially at the younger levels), essential, and spiral-bound. There are two to four pages of detailed lesson plans for each of the 176 daily lessons (170 lessons in the 6th grade) packed with useful information in a friendly, easy-to-use format that contains general information for each chapter. Each text includes 11-14 chapters. The Directed Instruction sequence is the heart of each lesson and while not scripted, it is very thorough. "Explain that . . . "; "Demonstrate the . . . "; "Ask students to think about . . ."; or "Direct students to (worksheets)." The instructions follow a general path from concrete/practical concepts to abstract explanation. Additional resources such as: blackline masters, overhead transparencies, drills, chapter reviews, cumulative reviews and chapter tests are accessible online as PDFs to be printed as you need them. Chapter assessments are available in a traditional test format as well as in an editable test bank. Blackline master resources include a total of 200 or so extra reproducible worksheets for practice, recovery or for enrichment. Answers to problems from either the Student Worktexts or Student Texts are found in the Teacher Guide itself (reduced pages with answers), while answers to the blackline masters are found on the next page of the masters.

The K-3 softbound Student Worktexts are colorful with well-illustrated worksheets (usually two per lesson) that include practice problems, word problems, and review, as well as occasional games and activities. The 4-6 grade hardcover Student Texts are also colorful but non-consumable. These have more reading and a consistent pattern: construct meaning (instruction), check understanding (short problem set), practice (more extensive problems), and apply (word problems) or review. There are Chapter Check-Ups as well as an end-of-the chapter Study Guide. Calculator use is taught from Grade 1, and problems occasionally instruct the student to use a calculator.

We have also assembled Manipulative Kits for each grade level. Items in these kits are mentioned in the teacher guides as suggestions for demonstrating concepts but are not required. There are other items mentioned in the teacher guides that are not included in our kits. They are items that may only be used a few times, or might be something you can skip or may already have at home. Some items are a little more expensive, so substitutions have been made where possible and others have been omitted. If you have purchased the manipulative kit for the previous level of this curriculum, Add-on Kits are available. These kits are just the additional items needed for the next grade level.

Teacher Edition E-books are available that provide all TE content plus the online forms and worksheets as pdf documents. Subscriptions are for one year.

~ Janice



Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
1
ISBN
9781583315774
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Association of Christian Schools International
Weight
2.35 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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