The Holt McDougal Mathematics Explorations in Core Math for Common Core is designed to provide a strong Common Core support for teachers implementing the new Common Core State Standards and can be used either while still teaching from existing secondary mathematics programs currently in use or on its own. Holt McDougal Mathematics Explorations in Core Math for Common Core covers the entire Common Core State Standards for each grade level. Unique lesson design helps focus students’ attention on the important Standards for Mathematical Practice, too.
Units in the Student Editions open with an introduction to the new Standards and Key Vocabulary in the Unpacking the Standards section. Guided-discovery lessons help students develop conceptual understanding and include Essential Questions and Reflect prompts. Lessons are followed with scaffolded guided practice, and then additional independent Practice and Problem Solving, so that students master important skills and develop expertise in modeling with the mathematics. Every unit closes with three or four leveled Performance Tasks followed by an extended Problem Solving Connection modeling opportunity. Every unit concludes with a section of Assessment Readiness test preparation practice that features selected response, constructed response, and extended response items.
The Teacher’s Editions provide convenient professional development information that explains the Common Core Content Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Full teaching support is provided for every lesson, including notes for incorporating Teaching Strategies, helping students Avoid Common Errors, and making the Technology Connection. Lesson introductions include standards explanations, prerequisite skills, and important Math Background information. Questioning Strategies are included to use with lesson examples. Lessons close with a Summarize prompt. Highlighting the Standards strategies are often included to help teachers focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practice. As units close with Assessment Readiness, the Teacher’s Editions provide item correlations and item analyses for diagnosing student errors and useful for teaching test-taking strategies.
Holt McDougal Mathematics Explorations in Core Math for Common Core provides meaningful assessments to match instruction at the end of every unit. Leveled Performance Tasks serve as convenient authentic assessment tools and the Teacher’s Editions provide scoring rubrics. The next feature, Problem Solving Connections, may be used as an extended modeling activity or performance tasks. Every unit closes with a section of Assessment Readiness that features selected response, constructed response, and extended response items. The corresponding Teacher’s Editions pages provide item correlations and item analyses to help teachers diagnose student errors.
Comprehensive Teacher Guidance
The Holt McDougal Mathematics Explorations in Core Math for Common Core Student Editions provide a section of Unpacking the Standards at the beginning of every unit as a tool for explaining the goals and focus of the new Standards to students and their parents. Teacher’s Editions provide helpful teaching notes throughout the lesson teaching cycle. The Performance Assessment tasks at the end of every unit are leveled so that students may have universal access for assessment preparation.
Ease of Use and Accessibility for Teachers
The Holt McDougal Mathematics Explorations in Core Math for Common Core program makes it easy to incorporate new Common Core content and mathematical practices into existing curricula. The Student Editions provide full interactive lessons for all Standards and include meaningful assessments for every Unit. The Teacher’s Editions provide correlations, math background information, and teaching notes for every lesson. Helpful assessment tools are included for every Unit. Additionally, the Company is preparing helpful crosswalk information online so that teachers will have guidance for integrating this new Common Core program with their existing basal materials.