Sutton School used Mathland in grades K-6 for several years, followed by
MathThematics in grades 7 and 8. Since we adopted a standards based
elementary program prior to adopting a standards based middle school
program, it made sense to implement the program K-6. When we adopted the
MathThematics middle school program we only needed grades 7 and 8. However,
after a couple years of trying to implement grade 7 of the program with
students who had not had the grade six foundation of the program, we made a
Three years ago we switched grade 6 to MathThematics. It made lots of sense
to us for the 6th graders to be in the first year of the middle school
program rather than the last year of the elementary program. The trasition
for students has been much smoother, and the pace students progress at in
the grade 7 book has been quickened. We have been very happy with this
adjustment. The 6th grade students enjoy the program and it is another way
that they identify with the middle schoolers rather than the elementary
students. Parents have also been happy with the change.
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From: "Jennifer Harper" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: [MLMATHNET] Should you drop the 6th grade of a K-6 program?
> We do Everyday Mathematics K through 6. However, this year we had a small
> group of students who had completed all 7 levels by 6th grade so we have
> those students taking the new version of Transition Mathematics. We went
> back and forth on wether to do the 6th grade EDM program or not. Last
> year we tried Math Thematics book 1. The kids hated it. By the first
> week in October we gave the regular 6th grade class the end of the year
> test for Math Thematics and every single kid except the one special ed.
> child scored 75 or higher. So we went back to EDM grade 6 to finish that
> year out. We are one of those rare schools that finishes every lesson at
> every grade level of EDM so we are trying to seek out a textbook program
> that can follow grade 5 EDM to prepare the students for 7th grade for
> working out of a textbook.
> Our other two elem schools in the district are using either EDM Grade 6,
> Mathematics Book 1 or Transition Mathematics.
> Jennifer Harper :)
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