New Review: Baobab Education’s Mathventure

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­­ Learning List recently reviewed Baobab Education’s Mathventure—a supplemental, digital resource to help students in grades 3 and 4 develop problem solving strategies.  Content is provided in an interactive eBook that presents engaging, real-world situations which require students to apply mathematical reasoning skills. Digital tools allow students to access tutorials and other resources that help them identify problem-solving strategies independently.­­­­­­­­­­­

Mathventure content is structured in “theme-based problems” and their related “activity sequences.” Problems are organized in age-appropriate and engaging themes (e.g., Take a Vacation) that contains real-world problems that address a situation related to the theme (e.g., Building a Birdhouse with Grandpa). Each theme-based problem is linked to an activity sequence that is made up of several problems addressing the same concept(s) (e.g., reading mixed numbers).

Teachers may choose to start with theme-based problems and use activity sequences as additional support or as a check for understanding. Alternatively, teachers may use the activity sequence as an introduction to concepts and then use theme-based problems as the check for understanding. Throughout problems students have access to interactive buttons that provide support.

About Baobab Education*

[Source: Baobab Education]

Baobab Education provides education consulting services that can fit your needs and requirements. Baobab Education does more than create great products—we can also collaborate with you and turn your project into a success story.

Baobab Education’s consultants have been providing teacher training around the world for more than 20 years. In North America and Africa, for example, we have hosted hundreds of workshops in education at conventions and schools, as well as provided training for private and public companies.

Whether you’re dealing with students in the public or private school sectors, students working at home, special-needs students who don’t necessarily fit within a traditional teaching infrastructure, or students who are looking for an extra teaching aid, Baobab Education offers amazing, interactive eBooks for the iPad, Mac and iPhone. Our eBooks’ interactive elements include animation, drawing pads, video, audio and reviews. Best of all, once downloaded, no internet connection is needed.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Baobab Education.

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New Review: Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Reading

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Learning List now features reviews of Mastery Education’s Measuring Up to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills: Reading.  This supplemental print resource helps students in grades 3-8 (i.e., Levels C-H) prepare for STAAR reading tests. Content is organized in short lessons that address specific TEKS. Instruction provides ample opportunities for students to practice and apply reading comprehension skills.

Content is scaffolded, building from simple to more complex concepts. Instruction is organized in chapters that address the TEKS for each grade level (e.g., make predictions). Each chapter is made up of short lessons that address specific TEKS. Lessons are presented in three parts:

  1. Each lesson begins with an introduction titled Understand the TEKS that supports direct instruction.
  2. Guided Instruction provides a reading passage for guided practice of new skills.
  3. On Your Own presents a second independent practice reading passage for students to read independently.

Most chapters include one or more “STAAR Minitests” formatted to reflect the STAAR exam. Minitests combine concepts from multiple lessons and require that students use higher-level thinking skills. Teacher editions also contain two versions of a cumulative STAAR practice test, a table identifying the TEKS addressed by each practice test problem, and a prescriptive answer key to support reteaching. The prescriptive answer key identifies the lessons where the knowledge and skills addressed by each problem are taught. All practice tests are formatted to reflect the STAAR exam.

 About Mastery Education*

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[Source: Mastery Education]

Mastery Education®, formerly Peoples Education, is a creator of print and online educational materials for the K-12 school market, best known for the flagship brand Measuring Up®. The company focuses on supplemental instructional and practice materials that are standards-based and customized for specific markets. Founded in 1991, Mastery Education has a long history of accurate and astute content creation, working closely with educational partners and analyzing mandated standards and assessment criteria in order to create the most useful and relevant teacher support tools.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Mastery Education.

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Reviewed: LAB-AIDS’ SEPUP Science


[Source: LAB-AIDS’ SEPUP Science]

Learning List has reviewed LAB-AIDS’ SEPUP Science resources for middle school science (i.e., grades 6-8) and high school biology courses. LAB-AID’s inquiry-based program organizes instruction around themes related to societal issues and students’ lives. Hands-on activities are at the center of instruction and provide opportunities for all students to explore science concepts. Course resources are available in print and eBook formats.

The Science Education for Public Education Program (SEPUP) Science program incorporates a student-centered, activity-based approach to instruction. Content is organized using the 5E Model of Instruction (i.e., engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate), and investigations are at the center of learning experiences. Teacher Resources include detailed guidance in implementing the SEPUP system of instruction, including questioning strategies, formative and summative approaches to assessing student progress.

Literacy strategies are embedded throughout instruction. New vocabulary is introduced in context and referenced in the student edition index. Student readings reinforce the concepts addressed in investigations and frequent writing activities allow students to reflect on and derive meaning from their experiences. Course activities are designed to address the learning styles of young adults and incorporate many opportunities for peer interaction, including role play and collaborative group work.

About LAB-AIDS’ SEPUP Science*

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[Source: LAB-AIDS’ SEPUP Science]

SEPUP (Science Education for Public Understanding Program) began in 1987 as a not-for-profit project to develop hands-on materials about chemicals and their use for schools and community groups. It was initially called CEPUP (Chemical Education for Public Understanding Program). As the mission of the project expanded to include other scientific disciplines, the name changed to SEPUP.

Part of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, SEPUP continues to be a not-for-profit project that is primarily supported by grants. However, most of our curriculum is now intended for schools. We have commercially available curricular materials that are used in school districts from Los Angeles to New York. For information on purchasing these materials, please visit LAB-AIDS, the sole producer and distributor of SEPUP materials.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from LAB-AIDS’ SEPUP Science.

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