Math Investigations?

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  1. applejax544

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    Has anyone used Investigations program? We are using it for the first time this year. Any thoughts? We only have exactly one-hour block for math - it's bordered by lunch and special on either end. Do you think it will work well in that time frame? Also, what kind of daily warmup do you do?

    Many lower-grade teachers that have already used the program have found that the program doesn't review concepts for standardized testing, and they supplement with a basic skills warmup. They also have found they don't get as far in the program as expected or needed by the time we take the tests. Any thoughts? What do you use to meet the standardized test skills? Thanks!!
     
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    Our district has used Investigations for over 12 years in conjuntion with other materials. Just like any program it would not meet every child in every school in every state. The review is something you can create on your own or borrow from your traditional textbook curriculum. They also have a supplement booklet you can buy that has review material you can send as homework. The philosophy is very constructivist. I like the philosophy and many of their activities. Yet, I use some of my own things too and omit some things. Teaching with Investigations require teachers to be more vigilant about how kids learn math and what is necessary for supplement so all kids can enjoy and become mathematicians.
     
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    Investigations definitely has some fantastic lessons, but it also has some sessions that need to be used for games/centers or skipped altogether (once you see Data, Cats, Kids & Ads you'll see exactly why some people don't use the entire book). We HAVE to supplement Investigations with problem solving and basic operations and place value practice, as well as problems that address the Investigations concepts in standardized test format.
     

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