## Description

All TestSMART materials are research-based. A Teacher Guide with complete answer key is included in each Work Text.

**Features of the Student Work Text for Mathematics:**

• introductory pages that present each new topic or skill for students

• numerous examples that provide clear, concise explanations for new topics or skills

• varied approaches for solving different types of problems or completing various learning tasks

• greater emphasis on “critical” areas of understanding, as identified in the Common Core State Standards

• multiple opportunities for peer interaction

• questions and prompts that encourage discussion of learning tasks and different problem-solving methods

• open-ended and extended-response tasks that require students to do more than “find the right answer”

• repeated opportunities for students to apply the “mathematical practices” (e.g., reasoning

abstractly and quantitatively) identified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

• several pages dedicated to independent problem solving throughout the work text

• clear emphasis on the use of precise mathematical vocabulary

• interesting, conversational tone throughout each work text

**The Teacher Guide section includes:**

• overview of the work text and explanation of its key components

• complete list of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at each grade level

• explanation of “rigor” and complexity levels as they apply to the activities and tasks in the work text

• explanation of the key “mathematical practices” identified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

• specific ways to support student thinking during problem solving and other math activities

• suggested methods for using the work text during classroom instruction

• complete and thorough answer key, useful for items that have more than one right answer

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