What are the Key Elements to Mathematics Success?
National Training Network provides grade-level specific resources entitled, The Key Elements to Mathematics Success- KEMS for Grades 3- 8. Each grade level consists of lessons that support instruction by helping to build the conceptual understanding around each grade level content standard aligned to the CCSS. The Teacher Edition for this resource includes modeling boxes throughout each lesson. These modeling boxes serve as a guide, for teachers, as they move through the step by step process of building conceptual understanding. Throughout the lesson, the students have meaningful experiences with the concept at the concrete-pictorial-verbal and abstract levels. These experiences assist in scaffolding learning experiences and help students to see the crucial connections between the representations. Key math vocabulary words are integrated throughout the lesson to support students as they make connections to previously taught concepts. The modeling boxes are also demonstrated in online lesson videos provided at NTN’s website www.ntnmath.com along with an electronic copy of the lesson notes from the Teacher Edition
SOLVE Problems (five-step problem-solving paradigm):
Every problem opens and closes with a SOLVE problem to set the learning for the day using step “S” and bring closure to the lesson using steps “OLVE”. This promotes the application of the concept using a real-world example.
The KEMS kit includes all manipulatives that are necessary for lesson instruction so that students can have experience modeling with mathematics.
Instructions and suggested uses for graphic organizers are included within lessons.
Most lessons include a game or activity that will allow students to practice the lesson concept and skill. Teacher instructions are included and the activities also allow opportunities to think critically and communicate with others to defend and explain their thinking.
Each KEMS Lesson includes homework practice which can be used to scaffold learning throughout the unit.
Each KEMS Lesson includes a 10 question quiz to give teachers opportunities for ongoing formative assessment.