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Work Book Assignment
Mr. Ricardo Rolle
February 22, 2011
In this report the evaluation and comparison of the following Mathematics workbook programs for grade 5: Sadlier-Oxford: Progress in Mathematics and Saxon: Math, An Incremental Development, Third Edition. The purpose of this evaluation is to rank these two programs against each other in a systematic and useful way. The Saxon math program is the strongest overall, in my opinion; and is the strongest in terms of mathematical reasoning. Though not as strong as the Saxon Mathematics program, the Sadlier program provides a solid foundation in grade-level content and we recommend it as well.
Count, read, write whole numbers to 1,000 and identify the place value for each digit is the first set of topics executed in Saxon Math program. Ordering with the symbols is done only for two digit numbers. However, the ordering is well integrated with calculation. For example after Lesson 120, students are asked to supply one of the symbols in the blanks for:
6+3 ___ 2 x 5 16 - 7____ 10 27 + 23 ___ 5 x10
In addition students are asked to find whole numbers between two given whole numbers
when three digits are involved, and to order a sequence of numbers from least to greatest or greatest to least. For example, the worksheet for Lesson 104, asks students to order the numbers 452, 573, 425, 537 from least to greatest. Although this standard is not technically fully addressed due to the absence of the appearance of three digit numbers with the symbols , students in this curriculum will be adequately exposed to this standard. In the Sadlier Math program, this standard is also directly and completely addressed just the same as Saxon Math program.
Understanding and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., an opposite number sentence for 8 + 6 = 14 is 14 – 6 = 8) to solve problems and check solutions is another standard that draws...