Mathworks: Math Explorations is a series of three, sequential texts for grades 6-8 that focuses on developing students’ deep understanding of mathematical concepts through exploration and investigation. The texts are comprehensive. Content is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for math grades 6-8, as well as to the TEKS for Algebra 1. Learning List has reviewed the materials for grades 6-8.
Content across the Math Explorations series focuses on developing the computation and reasoning skills needed to apply math concepts to real world problems. Lessons emphasize problem-solving processes. Students are encouraged to take risks and to explore concepts individually and as part of a group. The series integrates algebraic concepts throughout instruction and includes multiple opportunities for students to communicate their thinking in written and spoken formats.
Activities develop students’ precise use of mathematical language and each text includes a glossary and a “Summary of Important Ideas” in both English and Spanish.
Mathworks is a center for innovation in mathematics education at Texas State University. Their mission is to research and develop model programs and self-sustaining learning communities that engage K-12 students from all backgrounds in doing mathematics at a high level. Mathworks programs raise mathematics achievement for all students, while developing future leaders in science, engineering, and mathematics.
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