Alignment: Overall Summary

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for Alignment to the CCSSM. The materials meet the expectations for Focus and Coherence by assessing grade-level content, spending the large majority of instructional time on major work of the grade, and they are coherent with the progressions of the standards, making meaningful connections between supporting and major work of the grade, are viable for a school year, and present all students with opportunities to engage in extensive work with grade level problems to meet the full intent of grade level standards. The materials meet the expectations for Rigor and Mathematical Practices as they meet the expectations for Rigor and Balance and meet the expectations for Practice-Content Connections. The materials balance the rigorous expectations of the Standards, and they attend to Practice-Content Connections, addressing all of the Mathematical Practice Standards; however, there are instances where these are over-identified. 

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Alignment

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Meets Expectations

Gateway 1:

Focus & Coherence

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Gateway 2:

Rigor & Mathematical Practices

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Usability

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Gateway 3:

Usability

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Gateway One

Focus & Coherence

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Gateway One Details

The instructional materials for Ready Classroom Mathematics Graade 3 meet expectations for focusing on the major work of the grade and are coherent with the Standards. The materials do not assess topics before the grade-level, spend at least 65% of class time on the major clusters of the grade, and are coherent and consistent with the Standards.

Criterion 1a

Materials do not assess topics before the grade level in which the topic should be introduced.
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Criterion Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for not assessing topics before the grade level in which the topic should be introduced. Overall, the materials assess grade-level content and, if applicable, content from earlier grades.

Indicator 1a

The instructional material assesses the grade-level content and, if applicable, content from earlier grades. Content from future grades may be introduced but students should not be held accountable on assessments for future expectations.
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that they assess grade-level content.

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, there are two versions of Unit Assessments: Form A and Form B for each unit. Form A assessments are editable. Form A assessments include a standards correlation chart, DOK levels, as well as a correlation to the lesson(s) related to each assessment item. Form B assessments do not include this feature. In addition, in i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Assessments, Comprehension Checks are also available and can be used as an alternative to print mid- and end-unit assessments. Probability, statistical distributions, similarities, transformations, and congruence do not appear in the assessments. 

Examples of assessment items from the Classroom Resources aligned to grade-level standards include:

  • In Unit 3, Assess, Mid Unit Assessment, Form A, Item 10 states, “A rectangle is 9 feet long and 7 feet wide. What is the area of the rectangle? Show your work.” (3.MD.7B)
  • In Unit 5, Assess, End of Unit Assessment, Form B, item 11, “Mel has a bucket containing 8 tennis balls. The mass of each tennis ball is 60 grams. What is the total mass of the tennis balls? Show your work.” (3.MD.A.2) 
  • In Unit 4, Assess, End of Unit Assessment, Form A, Item 3, a picture of 6/8 is shown.  The item asks, “Which fraction names an amount that is greater than the fraction shown in the model?” Multiple choice options are: “A. $$\frac {3}{8}$$, B. $$\frac {5}{6}$$, C. $$\frac {5}{12}$$, D. $$\frac {4}{8}$$” (3.NF.A.3D)

Examples of assessment items from the Assess and Teach, Assessments, aligned to grade-level standards include:

  • In Comprehension Checks, Comprehension Checks Details, Unit 1, Item 10 states, “There are 527 students watching a school play. A teacher rounds to tell how many students are watching the school play. Drag a number into each box to complete the sentences.  Rounded to the nearest ten, there are Response area students watching the school play. Rounded to the nearest ten, there are ____ students watching the school play. Rounded to the nearest hundred, there are ____ students watching the school play.” The numbers that students can drag and drop are 550, 503, 520, 500, 600, and 540. (3.NBT.1)
  • In Comprehension Checks, Comprehension Checks Details, Mid-Unit 2 (Lessons 4-9), Item 5 states,  “The students in 4 classes are selling tickets for their school play. There are 20 students in each class.  Each student sells 6 tickets. How many tickets do the students sell in all?” (3.NBT.A.3 )
  • In Comprehension Checks, Comprehension Checks Details, Unit 6, Item 7 asks students to solve the following item, “Teagan has a flower garden shaped like a triangle. The perimeter is 29 meters. The length of 2 sides of Teagan’s garden are shown below. What is the unknown side length?” (3.MD.D.8)

Criterion 1b

Students and teachers using the materials as designed devote the large majority of class time in each grade K-8 to the major work of the grade.
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Criterion Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for students and teachers using the materials as designed and devoting the majority of class time to the major work of the grade. Overall, instructional materials spend at least 65% of class time on the major clusters of the grade.

Indicator 1b

Instructional material spends the majority of class time on the major cluster of each grade.
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for spending a majority of instructional time on major work of the grade. 

  • The approximate number of units devoted to major work of the grade (including assessments and supporting work connected to the major work) is 5 out of 6, which is approximately 83%.
  • The number of lessons devoted to major work of the grade (including assessments and supporting work connected to the major work) is 33 out of 39, which is approximately 85%.
  • The number of days devoted to major work (including assessments and supporting work connected to the major work) is 132 out of 156, which is approximately 85%. 

An instructional day level analysis is most representative of the materials because the number of sessions within each topic and lesson can vary and each lesson includes specific objectives aligned to standards. When reviewing the number of instructional days for the Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 materials, approximately 85% of the days are focused on the major work of the grade.

Criterion 1c - 1f

Coherence: Each grade's instructional materials are coherent and consistent with the Standards.
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Criterion Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for being coherent and consistent with the Standards. Overall, the instructional materials connect supporting content to enhance focus and coherence, are consistent with the progressions of the standards, foster connections at a single grade, where appropriate, and include extensive work with grade level problems to meet the full intent of grade-level standards.

Indicator 1c

Supporting content enhances focus and coherence simultaneously by engaging students in the major work of the grade.
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Indicator Rating Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that supporting work enhances focus and coherence simultaneously by engaging students in the major work of the grade. Supporting standards are used to support major work of the grade and often appear in lessons with connections to the major work of the grade.

Throughout the materials, supporting standards/clusters are connected to the major standards/clusters of the grade. The following are examples of the connections between supporting work and major work found in Classroom Resources:

  • In Lesson 26, Session 1, Explore, the materials connect supporting standard 3.MD.B and the major work standard 3.NF.A, as students use rulers to measure items to fractions of an inch and then graph the data on line plots with fractional scales.
  • In Lesson 28, Session 3, supporting standard 3.NBT.2 is connected to major work standard 3.MD.2, as students solve one-step word problems including addition and subtraction. The materials state, “Maria has a cooler full of 8 liters of lemonade. She wants to put the lemonade into pitchers to place on the tables at her party. Each pitcher holds two liters. How many pitchers does Maria need?” 
  • In Lesson 33, Session 2, supporting work of 3.G.2 is connected with major work of 3.NF.1, 3.NF.3b, and 3.NF.3d, as students partition shapes into equal parts and tell what fraction of the total area of the shape is colored. Students also work with equivalent fractions to determine what area of the shapes are colored.

Indicator 1d

The amount of content designated for one grade level is viable for one school year in order to foster coherence between grades.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that the amount of content designated for one grade level is viable for one year.  

As designed, the instructional materials can be completed in 167 days consisting of: 

  • There are 129 days of lessons. 
  • There are 9 days for unit assessments, 6 days for i-Ready diagnostic assessments, and 6 days for review, for a total of 21 days. 
  • There are 12 days for Math in Action activities. 
  • There are 5 days dedicated to lesson 0 at the beginning of the school year to set up instructional routines with students that will be used throughout the year. 

According to Ready Classroom Mathematics Implementation, sessions are designed to be 45-60 minutes in length.  Pacing information from the publisher regarding viability for one school year can be found in the document titled “Yearly Pacing” found in the “Program Implementation” tab on the home page for each grade level. The “Yearly Pacing” includes a list of units, lessons within each unit, and the number of days each lesson encompasses, a note that lessons are 45-60 minutes in length and number of days for assessments. Pacing information is also verified in the “Classroom Resources” tab in each unit for each lesson in the “Lesson Overview and Family Connection” that includes a “Lesson Pacing Guide” with more detailed information that lists sessions and minutes for each lesson.

Indicator 1e

Materials are consistent with the progressions in the Standards i. Materials develop according to the grade-by-grade progressions in the Standards. If there is content from prior or future grades, that content is clearly identified and related to grade-level work ii. Materials give all students extensive work with grade-level problems iii. Materials relate grade level concepts explicitly to prior knowledge from earlier grades.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for the materials being consistent with the progressions in the Standards. Content from prior grades is identified and connected to grade-level work, and students are given extensive work with grade-level problems. ​

Overall, the materials develop according to the grade-by-grade progressions in the standards and prior year content is identified as prerequisite skills at the lesson level. In the Unit Overview, the Learning Progression provides a correlation to standards for each lesson, and a chart that shows how each lesson within the unit is connected to a lesson in a future grade. For example, Unit 4, Lesson 21, Understand Fractions on a Number Line (3.F.2a and 3.NF.2b) is linked to Grade 4, Lesson 17, Understand Equivalent Fractions (4.NF.1) and Lesson 18, Compare Fractions (4.NF.2). Additional support for teachers can be found in the Unit Flow and Progression Videos in Beginning of Unit. 

Lessons are taught over several sessions (3-5 days) that support the progression of the standards, For example, Lesson 24 has multiple sessions that focus on 3.NF.A.3d, comparing fractions with the same denominator. In Session 1, students use drawings and number lines to reason about the size of fractional pieces and compare fractions with the same numerator or denominator. Students are then asked to answer questions such as, Which fraction is greater?” and “When comparing two fractions with the same denominator, how can the numerators tell you which fraction is greater? Explain.” In Session 2, students use pictures, number lines to develop their understanding of the concept. For example, students are required to “Write the fractions shaded below each model” when presented with two visual models and “Circle the fraction that is greater.” 

The materials give all students extensive work with grade-level problems. Units consist of lessons, which are designed to last between three and five days. Within each lesson, days are broken into Explore, Develop, and Refine sessions. Develop and Refine sessions have ample practice problems for students to understand and apply concepts, and Develop sessions also include Fluency and Skills Practice pages. Each unit also includes a Math in Action lesson, which provides further work with grade-level problems over two days. In addition, each lesson includes math center activities and enrichment activities, which both provide more work with grade level concepts. For example:

  • Lessons 20 - 26 (all sessions) address 3.NF.A (Develop understanding of fractions as numbers). Students understand what a fraction is and use a number line, understand and find equivalent fractions, compare fractions using symbols, measure length and plot data on line points, and use fractions in the Math in Action lesson.
  • Unit 2 focuses on 3.OA.A (Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division). Lessons 4 - 7 and Lesson 10 present opportunities for students to understand multiplication, multiply with factors of 0 - 8, and 10, and solve problems. Students continue their study of multiplication exploring place value and the connections between multiplication and division. In Unit 3, students apply their understanding of multiplication to finding area.  
  • Unit 5 addresses 3.MD and provides extensive work with time, liquid volume, mass, and a Math in Action solving measurement problems.

The instructional materials explicitly connect prior learning to grade-level content. In the Lesson Overview, the Learning Progression identifies the mathematics taught in earlier grades or earlier in the grade, and connects it with the mathematics in the lesson. In Small Group Differentiation, Prepare, there is a link to Prerequisite Lessons. The Family Letter can also contain information on the learning progressions for students. For example,

  • In Lesson 7, Lesson Overview, Prerequisite Skills include, “Understand multiplication of whole numbers. Use a multiplication equation to represent and solve a word problem.”
  • In Lesson 9, Lesson Overview and Family Connection states, “In Grade 4 students will continue to use place value understanding as well as area models and partial products to multiply three- and four-digit numbers by a one-digit number and to multiply 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers.”
  • In Lesson 20, the Learning Progression states, “In Grade 2 students used fraction language to describe dividing shapes into equal parts. They divided squares, circles, and rectangles into equal parts and named the parts as halves, thirds, and fourths. Through their work with models, students began to understand the concept of dividing a whole into equal parts. In Grade 3 students develop a more formal understanding of fractions. In this lesson students focus on the meaning of fractions and name fractions by the number of equal parts in the whole, such as sixths or eighths. Students learn about the structure of fractions, identifying the denominator as the equal number of parts in the whole and the numerator as the number of parts being considered. Students identify unit fractions, such as $$\frac {1}{3}$$, $$\frac {1}{4}$$, $$\frac {1}{6}$$, and $$\frac {1}{8}$$, by using models with one part shaded out of a number of equal parts. Students apply their understanding of unit fractions to understand greater fractions that are built from unit fractions, such as $$\frac {2}{3}$$, $$\frac {3}{4}$$, $$\frac {4}{6}$$, and $$\frac {5}{8}$$.”

Indicator 1f

Materials foster coherence through connections at a single grade, where appropriate and required by the Standards i. Materials include learning objectives that are visibly shaped by CCSSM cluster headings. ii. Materials include problems and activities that serve to connect two or more clusters in a domain, or two or more domains in a grade, in cases where these connections are natural and important.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that materials foster coherence through connections at a single grade, where appropriate and required by the Standards. Overall, the materials include lesson objectives that are visibly shaped by CCSSM cluster headings. 

The instructional materials identify a Learning Objectives in each Lesson Overview, and in the Student Workbook, Learning Targets are provided for students. Examples of lesson objectives that are visibly shaped by CCSSM cluster headings in Classroom Resources include:

  • In Lesson 2, Learning Objectives state, “Add three-digit numbers using place-value reasoning and describe any necessary regroupings.” This lesson objective is shaped by standard cluster 3.NBT.A which states, “Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.”
  • In Student Workbook, Lesson 8, the Learning Target states, “apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.” This learning target aligns with 3.OA.B, Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • In Student Workbook, Lesson 14, Sessions 1-3, the learning target for students to understand “a plane figure which can be covered without gaps or overlaps by n unit squares is said to have an area of n square units.” This learning target aligns with 3.MD.C, Geometric measurement: understand concepts of area and relate area to multiplication and addition.

There are many instances of problems and activities within the materials that serve to connect two or more clusters in a domain or two or more domains in a grade in Classroom Resources. For example: 

  • Lesson 12 connects clusters 3.AO.A (Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division) and 3.OA.C (Multiply and Divide within 100), as students use multiplication charts and fact families to determine the unknown whole number in multiplication and division equations within word problems.
  • Lesson 18 connects cluster 3.OA.D with 3.OA.A and 3.OA.C, as students solve two-step word problems using the four operations by modeling with an equation with an unknown before solving.  In Session 3, Problem 8 states, “Tabitha has a bag with 24 marbles. There are 6 marbles on the ground. She puts all of the marbles together on the ground and makes rows of 5. How many rows of marbles, r, does Tabitha make? Write an equation that can be used to solve the problem.  Then solve the problem. Show your work.”
  • In Lesson 26 connects 3.MD.B (Represent and Interpret Data) and 3.NF.A (Develop Understanding of Fractions as Numbers), as students use rulers to measure to the nearest quarter inch and then graph the data on line plots with fractional scales.

Gateway Two

Rigor & Mathematical Practices

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Gateway Two Details

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for alignment with the Standards’ expectations for rigor and the mathematical practices. The instructional materials attend to each of the three aspects of rigor individually, and also attend to balance among the three aspects. The instructional emphasizes mathematical reasoning, and attends to the full intent of each practice standard; however, there are instances where the practice standards are overidentified.

Criterion 2a - 2d

Rigor and Balance: Each grade's instructional materials reflect the balances in the Standards and help students meet the Standards' rigorous expectations, by helping students develop conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for reflecting the balances in the Standards, and helping students to meet the Standards’ rigorous expectations by helping students develop and demonstrate conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application. The instructional materials develop conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts, give attention throughout the year to procedural skill and fluency, spend sufficient time working with engaging applications, and do not always treat the three aspects of rigor together or separately.

Indicator 2a

Attention to conceptual understanding: Materials develop conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts, especially where called for in specific content standards or cluster headings.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that the materials develop conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts, especially where called for in specific standards or cluster headings. 

Lessons are designed to support students to explore and develop conceptual understanding of grade-level mathematics. For example, students develop conceptual understanding:

  • In Student Worktext, Lesson 4, Session 1, Explore, students interpret products of whole numbers as the total number of objects to develop conceptual understanding related to the 3.OA.1. A variety of problems are provided for students to solve including modeling with equal groups, arrays, and using an equation.  Model It, Problem 4 states, “You can model multiplication with equal groups. Circle the tennis balls to show 3 equal groups of 4 tennis balls.” Problem 5 shows the equation 3 x 4 = 12 and describes what each part of the equation represents. Problem 6 has students model 3 x 4 = 12 using arrays.  
  • In Student Worktext, Lesson 10, Session 2, Develop, students develop an understanding of division models and interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers (3.OA.2).  Model It: Equal Groups, Problem 1 states, “Marc has 24 oranges to put in bags. He decides to put 6 oranges in each bag. A. Draw a model to show how many bags he has. B. Write the division equation for your model. C. Use words to describe the total number of oranges, number in each group, and the number of groups.”
  • In Lesson 33, Session 1, Explore, Connect It, students explain fraction units of a shaded part. Teachers give students visual models such as grid paper to help students develop a conceptual understanding of partitioning shapes into equal parts.  In Session 2, Connect It, students fold a paper rectangle to divide. Students use a grid paper to answer the question, “Brett folded a piece of paper three times as shown. He then colored $$\frac {1}{4}$$ of the total area red. How could he have colored his paper? Explain how you know your way is right.” In Session 3, Develop, Reteach, students use unit tiles to form rectangles and identify fractional areas. (3.G.2)

In the Student Worktext and during Interactive Practice, students have opportunities to independently demonstrate conceptual understanding. For example:

  • In Lesson 9, Session 2, Develop, Practice Multiplying with Tens, Problem 6 states, “Write the multiplication equation that the base ten model shows.” Students are shown six groups of base ten rods with 30 in each group. (3.NBT.3)
  • In Lesson 20, Session 2, Develop, students independently complete eight problems identifying fractions of a shaded part, shading parts of a whole, and naming the whole when given a part. For example, Problem 8 shows a right triangle and asks students to complete the following task, “This is $$\frac {1}{4}$$ of a rectangle. Draw the rectangle. Show the parts. Then shade $$\frac {2}{4}$$ of your rectangle.” (3.NF.1)
  • In Lesson 32, Student Worktext, Session 4, Develop, Practice Finding Same Perimeter with Different Area, Problem 5 states, “Draw a rectangle that has the same perimeter as Rectangle A and a different area than Rectangles A, B, and C. Write the length, width, and area of the rectangle.” (3.MD.8)
  • In Interactive Practice, Multiply with 3, 4, 6, students use arrays and matching to develop understanding of multiply by 3, 4, and 6. (3.OA.1)
  • In Interactive Practice, Understand the Meaning of Division, students use arrays and the relationship with multiplication to understand division. (3.OA.2)

Indicator 2b

Attention to Procedural Skill and Fluency: Materials give attention throughout the year to individual standards that set an expectation of procedural skill and fluency.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that they attend to those standards that set an expectation of procedural skill and fluency.

The instructional materials include problems and questions, interactive games, and math center activities that develop procedural skill and fluency throughout the grade. For example, in Classroom Resources:

  • In Lessons  2 and 3, Fluency and Skills Practice, students add and subtract three-digit numbers. Specific problems include but are not limited to: “102 + 107, 317 + 283, 970 - 625, and 882-511.” (3.NBT.2) Students develop procedural and fluency skills with adding and subtracting using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • In Lesson 27, Session 1, Explore, Prepare for Working with Time, Problem 3 states, “Brie starts watching a movie at the time shown on the clock. What time does the clock show?” (3.MD.1)

The instructional materials include Learning Games, interactive games to help build procedural skill and fluency, available in both English and Spanish, that can be accessed through i-Ready Reports. For example, Grade 3 students can play the game “Cupcake” which allows them to strengthen computational skills in the areas of addition and subtraction. (3.NBT.2) In this game, students are tasked with running a cupcake delivery service and must add and subtract to purchase ingredients and run their business. 

3.OA.7 (Fluently multiply and divide within 100) is addressed in several lessons, including:

  • In Lesson 12, Fluency and Skills Practice consists of 20 mixed problems where students fill in the missing numbers in the multiplication or division problems. Empty boxes range from the product to the multiples. Some specific problems include but are not limited to: “5 x 7 = __”, “____ ÷ 5 = 7”, and “81÷  __ = 9.”
  • In Lesson 15, Interactive Tutorial includes a twenty minute tutorial to “Add and multiply to find area.” Students develop fluency in multiplying within 100 (3.OA.7), as they connect finding the area of a rectangle by covering the rectangle with rows and columns of square units, with multiplying its side lengths to find the area. Students write and solve multiplication problems to find the area. For example, “3 x 5 = 15.” Students also break rectangles into smaller rectangles and break apart the numbers to complete the multiplication. For example, Instruction, Part 10, Gabes Blanket presents a rectangle with the dimensions “9 inches x 6 inches.” The problem 9 inches  x 6 inches can be broken into two equations with friendly numbers because 5 + 4 = 9. Students find that 5 inches x 6 inches = 30 inches$$^2$$ and 4 inches x 6 inches = 24 inches$$^2$$. Students then determine that 30 inches$$^2$$ + 24 inches$$^2$$ = 54 inches$$^2$$.

The instructional materials provide opportunities to independently demonstrate procedural skill and fluency throughout the grade level. Within each lesson, there are Fluency and Skills Practice pages that children complete on their own. In addition, there are Learning Games and Math Center Activities that engage students with fluency practice. Examples of when students get opportunities to independently demonstrate procedural skill and fluency include:

  • In Lesson 9, Fluency and Skills Practice, Multiplying with Tens, Problem 3 states, “7 x 20 = ___.” Problem 5states, “50 x 4 = ___.” 
  • In Lesson 32, Fluency and Skills Practices states, “A triangle has sides that are all the same length. If the perimeter of the triangle is 27 inches, what is the length of one side?” (3.MD.8, 3.OA.7)
  • Math Center Activities in Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate procedural skill and fluency. In Lesson 7, Multiply with 7, 8, and 9, students develop procedural skills in multiplying within 100 (3.OA.7) by playing a structured game called Multiplication Race with a partner. The game requires students to use factor cards with the numbers 7, 8, and 9, multiplier cards with the numbers 1-10, and a game board to find products and move around the board. Their partner works to check the answer of their peer and if they are correct, they can move forward either one or two spaces based on the selected factor card. Students win the game by being the first one to get around the board.

Indicator 2c

Attention to Applications: Materials are designed so that teachers and students spend sufficient time working with engaging applications of the mathematics, without losing focus on the major work of each grade
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that the materials are designed so that teachers and students spend sufficient time working with engaging applications of the mathematics. Engaging applications include single and multi-step problems, routine and non-routine, presented in a context in which the mathematics is applied. 

Examples of opportunities for students to engage in routine application of mathematical skills independently and to demonstrate the use of mathematics flexibly in a variety of contexts in Classroom Resources include: 

  • In Lesson 15, Session 4, Refine, Apply It, Problem 4 states, “Mr. Frank is putting tile on a bathroom wall above the tub. The model shows the length and width of the wall. How many square feet of tile does he need to cover the wall?” There is a diagram of a rectangular room that is 7 ft X 6 ft.
  • In Lesson 18, Session 4, Refine, Try It states, “A zoo names an elephant Tiny. On Saturday, Tiny ate 152 pounds of food. On Sunday, he ate 12 more pounds of food than he did on Saturday. How many pounds of food did Tiny eat that weekend? Estimate to check your answer.” 
  • In Lesson 27, Session 3, Develop, Try It states, “Jenna gets home from school at 3:30 pm. She does math homework for 10 minutes. Next she does science homework for 15 minutes. Then she practices the piano for 22 minutes. What time does Jenna finish?”

The instructional materials include multiple opportunities for students to engage in non- routine application of mathematical skills and knowledge of the grade level. 

For example, in Classroom Resources:

  • In Unit 2, Math in Action states, “Brandi is planning how to set up seats for a play. My Notes: Use between 80 and 100 seats. Make 2 sections. The number of seats in each section can be the same or different. Use equal rows of seats in a section.” Students must also solve, “Help Brandi set up the chairs. Decide the number of chairs to use. Tell how many sets to put in a section. Tell the number of rows and the number of seats in each row.” 
  • In Unit 4, Unit Review, Performance Task states, “The owner of the neighborhood pizzeria, Itsa Pizza, would like you to draw diagrams to show different combinations of toppings on 6 pizzas. Each diagram will show a rectangular pizza cut into 8 equal-sized pieces. She wants each pizza to be completely covered with toppings with no overlaps.” Students are provided with the fraction of each of the six pizza types, for example, “The Green Hula includes $$\frac{3}{4}$$ onion, $$\frac{3}{3}$$ pineaplle, $$\frac{1}{4}$$ broccoli.” Students record their work on grid paper using diagrams. 
  • In Unit 5 Math in Action, Session 2, Persevere on Your Own states, “Max plans to make tomato soup. His recipe makes 24 liters of soup. He will freeze the soup in containers. Then he’ll have plenty of soup snacks ready to go. Max wants to buy some 1-liter containers for the soup. He can buy different packages of 1-liter containers: Package of 4 containers; Package of 5 containers; Package of 6 containers. What packages should Max buy?” Students need to “Tell how many containers Max needs. Tell which packages Max should buy. Tell how many of each package he should buy. Show why your solution gives the exact numbers of containers Max needs.”

Indicator 2d

Balance: The three aspects of rigor are not always treated together and are not always treated separately. There is a balance of the 3 aspects of rigor within the grade.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that the three aspects of rigor are not always treated together and are not always treated separately. The instructional materials address specific aspects of rigor, and the materials integrate aspects of rigor.

 All three aspects of rigor are present independently throughout the program materials. For example:

  • In Lesson 30, Session 2, Develop, students build conceptual understanding of shapes and understand that they belong in categories by their properties (3.G.A.1).  Students describe the lines and angles in quadrilaterals and triangles and then put them into categories
  • In Lesson 12, Fluency and Skills Practice, Using a Multiplication Table, students build procedural fluency as they solve 20 problems, including, “Write 3 possible answers for the equation 36 ÷___=___.”
  • In Lesson 19, Session 3, Develop, Try It states, “The Hart School wants to build a new playground. The graph shows the number of dollars each grade has raised to build the playground. Grade 3 and Grade 4 together want to raise $300. How much money must they raise?” The graph shows that Grade 3 has raised $80 and Grade 4 has raised $60.

Multiple aspects of rigor are engaged simultaneously to develop students’ mathematical understanding of a single topic/unit of study throughout the materials. For example: 

  • In the online game platform students are given the opportunity to practice skills that simultaneously work on conceptual understanding and build fluency. For example, the game “Match” focuses on matching multiple representations of multiplication (3.OA.1, 3.OA.7). The cards display products, number sentences, and other visual models to connect multiplication. Students are required to find matches among these representations. 
  • In Unit 6, Math in Action, Persevere On Your Own, students engage in application and conceptual understanding to solve,  “At the community center Bella meets an artist who weaves trays. Bella asks the artist to make two snack trays for her. Bella’s ideas are shown below (Two rectangles are displayed). Each tray is shaped like a rectangle. Both trays have the same area. The perimeter of each tray is different. The area of each tray is less than 100 square inches. What size trays can Bella ask the artist to make?” 
  • In Lesson 15, Session 2, Develop, students build conceptual understanding of area while using procedural skill of multiplication and division to solve area problems and practice finding areas and side lengths. The problem states, “What is the area of the rectangle?” A picture of a rectangle with a length of 4 cm and a width of 2 cm is shown. Picture It states, “You can use square tiles to find area.” Model It states, “You can also use a multiplication equation to find area.”

Criterion 2e - 2g.iii

Practice-Content Connections: Materials meaningfully connect the Standards for Mathematical Content and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for Practice-Content connections. Overall, the materials attend to the full meaning of the mathematical practices; however, there are instances where the practice standards are over-identified.

Indicator 2e

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are identified and used to enrich mathematics content within and throughout each applicable grade.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 partially meet expectations that the Standards for Mathematical Practice are identified and used to enrich mathematics content within and throughout the grade level.

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, Program Implementation, Standards for Mathematics in Every Lesson, The Standards for Mathematical Practice (MPs) are identified in each lesson along with information for how these MPs are addressed within the lessons. Specific information for an MP can be found in “Deepen Understanding” guidance for teachers. In addition, Discourse Questions, Structure and Reasoning, specifically related to MP7 (Look for and make use of structure) and MP8 (Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning), and the use Try-Discuss-Connect Instructional Routines all identify the MPs. In the document “Standards for Mathematical Practice in Every Lesson,” each lesson routine is outlined with the specific MPs that are addressed. Specifically, Try It focuses on MPs 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, Discuss It focuses on MPs 2, 3, and 6, and Connect It focuses on MPs 2, 4, and 5. These routines are present in each lesson.  

A “Correlations” document is also available in Program Implementation which includes “Standards for Mathematical Practices (SMPs) Correlation.” This table lists all eight Mathematical Practices, their corresponding descriptors, and the lessons where they can be found. A second table “Correlations by Ready Classroom Mathematics Lesson,” provides a lesson by lesson listing of the MPs. In both tables, MPs 1 - 6 are identified as being present in every lesson, leading to an overidentification of these MPs. MP7 and MP8 are identified in specific lessons. 

While these resources identify that an MP is present in a lesson and particular components of lessons, there is not clear guidance on how each MP is present in the lesson. For example, in Lesson 21, Lesson Overview, Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) states, “SMPs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are integrated in every lesson through the Try-Discuss-Connect routine*. In addition, this lesson particularly emphasizes the following SMPs: 2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 6 Attend to precision.  7 Look for and make use of structure.” Teachers are referred back to Program Implementation, Standards for Mathematical Practice in Every Lesson, but there is no identification within lesson components for these MPs. 

The Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 instructional materials are structured to allow for the MPs to enrich the content and are not treated as separate topics and/or activities. For example: 

  • In Lesson 3, Session 1, Explore, Subtracting Three-Digit Numbers, students engage with MP1 to solve, “Eva bought a bag of 475 glass beads. She used 134 beads to make a necklace. How many beads are left in the bag? Try It: To support students in making sense of the problem, have them identify the number of beads Eva used from her bag.”
  • In Lesson 7, Session 2, Develop, Model It, students engage in MP6 as they use parentheses in expressions to solve, “Matt gives crackers to 8 friends. Each friend gets 7 crackers. How many crackers does Matt give away?” Students see a diagram that shows 8 x 7 as the sum of 8 x (5 + 2) and (8 x 5) + (8 x 2). The materials state, “How are the first two expressions related? Do they have the same value? How does the second expression look without the parentheses? What is the value of this expression? Will it equal 8 x 7? Explain. Why are the parentheses important in this second expression?”

Indicator 2f

Materials carefully attend to the full meaning of each practice standard
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations by carefully attending to the full meaning of each practice standard. Overall, the materials attend to aspects of the mathematical practices (MPs) during different lessons throughout the grade, so when taken as a whole, the instructional materials attend to the full meaning of each MP.

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, Program Implementation, Standards for Mathematics in Every Lesson, includes information on how the Standards for Mathematical Practice (MPs) are addressed within each lesson, noting that key components of lessons are designed to engage students with the MPs. “Deepen Understanding” provides guidance for teachers on each MP within lessons sessions. Discourse Questions are included, as well as prompts for Structure and Reasoning specifically related to MP7 (Look for and make use of structure) and MP8 (Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning). In addition, the Try-Discuss-Connect Instructional Routines all identify the MPs. 

The instructional materials attend to the full intent of all eight Mathematical Practices. For example:

MP 1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 

  • In Lesson 13, Session 1, Explore, Try It states, “Kenny has 24 marbles. He puts the same number of marbles into each of 3 bags. How many marbles are in each bag?” Teacher guidance includes “Make Sense of the Problem: To support students in making sense of the problem, have them describe what Kenny decides to do with his 24 marbles.” During Discuss It, students are encouraged to persevere in problem solving. The materials state, “Ask your partner: How did you get started? Tell your partner: I knew… so I …”
  • In Lesson 28, Session 3, Develop, Try It states, “Maria has a cooler full of 8 liters of lemonade. She wants to put the lemonade into pitchers to place on the tables at her party. Each pitcher holds 2 liters. How many pitchers does Maria need?” Teacher guidance includes “Make Sense of the Problem: To support students in making sense of the problem, have them identify that the problem is asking them to find the number of 2-liter pitchers Maria can fill with 8 liters of lemonade. Ask How many liters does Maria have in the cooler? How many liters does each pitcher hold?”

MP 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively

  • In Unit 1, Math in Action, Session 1, Deepen Understanding states, “As you discuss the sample solution, point out how the numbers in the solution relate to the problem situation. Encourage students to explain which numbers represent people, which represent dollars, and which represent kits.”
  • In Unit 3, End of Unit, Unit Review, Performance Task, students reason quantitatively and abstractly when finding the area of a porch to solve, “Dan is planning to build a square porch attached to the side of his house. After the porch is built, he would like to cover the floor with 1-foot square tiles. The diagram below shows the measurements of the porch and the lawn where he plans to build. How many tiles will he need to cover the porch floor? After Dan bought all of the tiles he needed, he changed his mind about the shape of the porch. How could he change the shape of the porch, but still use the same number of tiles?” Students reason quantitatively when determining factor pairs for a specified area, then reason abstractly when determining which factor pairs are most suitable for the deck. 

MP 4: Model with mathematics.

  • In Lesson 17, Session 1, Additional Practice, Problem 3 states, “Write a word problem about this array that you could solve with multiplication or division. Then write an equation to represent your problem.” Students are given a 4 x 6 array of flowers. 
  • In Lesson 18, Session 2, Develop, Apply It, Problem 7 states, “Demarco has 4 five-dollar bills. Then his grandfather gives him 1 ten-dollar bill. How much money does Demarco have now? Show your work.” Teacher guidance includes, “For all problems, encourage students to use some kind of model to support their thinking…” There are student work samples that use pictures and models for the problem. 

MP 5: Choose tools strategically.

  • In Lesson 15, Session 2, Develop, Try It, students use the available Math Toolkit and can choose from square tiles, grid paper, dot paper, perimeter and area tool (online icon), or multiplication models to find, “What is the area of the rectangle?” In the right margin there is a Math Toolkit, where students are given options to use.
  • In Unit 5, Unit Review, Reflect states, “Choose a partner and read the clues for one of your shapes out loud. Have your partner draw the shape they think the clues describe. Does your partner’s drawing match the shape you chose? Explain how the shape you chose and the shape your partner drew can be different, even if your partner did not make a mistake. What tools could you use to make accurate drawings of your shapes? Why would you need each of these tools?”

MP 6: Attend to precision.

  • In Unit 6, Math in Action, Session 2, Reflect It, students use precision when discussing, “Be Precise. How did you check that your solution was correct?” with their partner. 
  • In Lesson 26, Session 1, students use appropriate symbols when comparing fractions. The Prepare for Using Symbols to Compare Fractions page has students define and give examples for >, <, and =.

MP 7: Look for and make use of structure. 

  • In Lesson 7, Session 1, Explore, Try It states, “Katie and Scott are both finding 6 x 7. They each break apart the problem in a different way. Show two different ways to break apart 6 x 7 and find the product.”
  • In Lesson 32, Session 3, Develop, Model It states, “Emma drew the rectangle shown (4 x 4 rectangle composed of unit squares). What other rectangles have the same area, but different perimeters?” In Model It, students review a table identifying different perimeters for rectangles with factor pairs of 16. The materials state, “Deepen Understanding, Find Rectangles with a Given Area, SMP7 Look for structure. When discussing the table, prompt students to look for patterns. Ask: ‘Find a pair of rectangles that have the same perimeter. How are their lengths and widths related?’ and ‘Listen for “The 16 x 1 and 1 x 16 rectangles and the 2 x 8 and 8 x 2 rectangles have the same perimeters. In each pair, the length and width are switched.” 

MP 8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

  • In Lesson 2, Session 3, Develop, Model It, students solve “225 + 229” using regrouping. The materials state, “Deepen Understanding, Regrouping, SMP8 Use repeated reasoning. When discussing the algorithm, prompt students to consider that the steps taken to regroup tens would be the same as those taken to regroup ones. Ask: ‘How many tens are there altogether? How do we regroup the tens? (as 1 hundred and 5 tens) How do we record the tens that have been regrouped as a hundred? How is regrouping tens like regrouping ones? How is it different?’ Listen for “Students should understand that the steps taken to regroup are essentially the same, but regrouped tens are recorded as an extra 1 in the hundreds place and regrouped ones are recorded as an extra 1 in the tens place.”

Indicator 2g

Emphasis on Mathematical Reasoning: Materials support the Standards' emphasis on mathematical reasoning by:
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Indicator 2g.i

Materials prompt students to construct viable arguments and analyze the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics detailed in the content standards.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that the instructional materials prompt students to construct viable arguments and analyze the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics. 

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, Classroom Resources, the Student Worktext and the Math Journal provide students with opportunities to construct arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Evidence where students have opportunities to construct viable arguments includes:

  • In Lesson 2,  Session 1, Explore, Connect It, students solve, “374 + 122.” Problem 3 states, “What is another way you could find 374+122?”
  • In Lesson 31, Session 4, Refine, Apply It, Problem 9, Math Journal states, “Jess says that a square cannot be a rectangle because a rectangle has 2 long sides and 2 short sides. Is he correct? Explain.”

Evidence where students have opportunities to analyze the mathematical arguments of others includes:

  • In Lesson 13, Session 3, Refine, Apply It, Problem 3 states, “Booth says an odd factor times an odd factor will always equal an even product. Is he correct? Explain.”
  • In Lesson 14, Session 3, Develop, Item 2 states, “Anna says the area of this rectangle is 12 square units because each of the small rectangles is 1 unit long. Why is Anna wrong?” 

Throughout the series there are dialogue boxes with the phrase, “Discuss It.” This dialogue box often encourages students to engage in discourse about the mathematics of the lesson. In Lesson 23, Session 4, Develop states, “Ask your partner: Do you agree with me? Why or why not? Tell your partner: I agree with you about...because…..” These prompts require students to analyze their partners’ thinking to determine if they agree or not, and to construct an argument to explain why.

Indicator 2g.ii

Materials assist teachers in engaging students in constructing viable arguments and analyzing the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics detailed in the content standards.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that the instructional materials assist teachers in engaging students to construct viable arguments and analyze the arguments of others concerning key grade-level mathematics. 

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, Program Implementation, Resources include Discourse Cards which present questions and sentence starters to engage students in mathematical discourse, including the construction of arguments and analysis of others reasoning. For example, “Can you convince your partner or others that your answer makes sense? What do you think about what another student said? Does your partner’s strategy make sense? How is your solution method the same as or different from another student’s method?”

In Classroom Resources, Lesson 0, Understanding the Try-Discuss-Connect Instructional Routine. The Discuss routine presents opportunities to use questions and sentence starters for students to share their thinking and critique each other’s reasoning. In addition, using Compare Strategies, students discuss how representations are the same, different, and related. For example, Lesson 0, Session 2, Compare and Connect, “Ryan has a collection of 284 shells. What is another way to write 284 using numbers? What is another way to write 284 using words?” Teachers have students discuss with partners “How are they the same? How are they different? How are they connected?” These instructional routines are present in every lesson.

Evidence where the instructional materials support teachers to engage students in constructing viable arguments includes:

  • In Unit 4, End of Unit, Unit Game, Equivalent Fraction Match states, “Pairs take turns turning over Game cards to find equivalent fractions. Students play until all cards are matched. The student with the most matches wins. Discuss strategies for identifying equivalent fractions.” 
  • In Lesson 1, Session 2, Develop, Try It, Discuss It states, “Ask your partner: Do you agree with me? Why or why not? Tell your partner: The strategy I used to find the answer was…” In the teacher’s edition there is a section to support this task titled, “Discuss It, Support Partner Discussion,” which states, “Encourage students to think in terms of the place value they are rounding to as they discuss their solutions.”

Evidence where the instructional materials support teachers to engage students in analyzing the arguments of others includes:

  • In Lesson 8,  Session 1, Explore, Try It,  Support Whole Class Discussion states, “Ava’s mom buys two packs of 3 T-shirts.  Her dad buys 3 packs of 2 T-shirts. How many T-shirts did each of Ava’s parents buy? Ask: How do (student name)’s and (student name)’s models show that 2 and 3 are being multiplied two different ways?”

Indicator 2g.iii

Materials explicitly attend to the specialized language of mathematics.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations that materials explicitly attend to the specialized language of mathematics.

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, includes several resources to support teachers and students to use the specialized language of mathematics. In Program Implementation, the Academic Vocabulary Glossary identifies the vocabulary, provides a definition, and uses the word in a sample sentence organized by unit. For example, for the term arrange the sample sentence states, “You can arrange the numbers on the place value chart by putting them in their proper columns.” 

In Classroom Resources, Lesson Overview, Lesson Vocabulary identifies whether there is new vocabulary or review, and key terms used in the lesson. For example, Lesson 8, Lesson Overview, “There is no new vocabulary. Review the following key terms. Array is a set of objects arranged in equal rows and columns. Factor is a number that is multiplied.” 

Throughout lessons in Ready Classroom Mathematics, students are provided with Graphic organizers that assist with mathematical language to ensure students are using precise vocabulary. There are five different graphic organizers used throughout the lessons that allows students to organize learning concepts and vocabulary through definitions, illustrations, examples, etc. For example, In the Student Worktext, Lesson 8, Prepare for Using Order and Grouping to Multiply, Support Vocabulary Development, students complete a graphic organizer for factor with “My Definition, My Illustrations, Examples, Non-Examples.”

Build Your Vocabulary is provided at the beginning of each unit to support students in learning and using precise language and terminology. For example, in Unit 3, Beginning of Unit states, “Display, point to, and read each review word aloud. Have students repeat chorally.” Then it suggests for teachers to play “I’m Thinking of a Word” with the Review words. It states, “Read each clue aloud. When you get to the blank snap or clap as a signal to students to write the word you are thinking of in the table.” The teacher reads, “I’m thinking of a word. It is what you do when you want to know how long something is or how tall something is. The word I’m thinking of is ____. What is the word? Write it in the table. (measure).” Once all the clues are done, students discuss their answers and complete the table which has them describe the word. The materials state, “When students are finished, have them read their descriptions aloud. Encourage feedback. Clarify if descriptions are incorrect or incomplete. Have students revise their descriptions.”

Language Objectives are included in the Lesson Overview for each lesson. For example, Lesson 27, Language Objectives include “Use the terms AM and PM appropriately in writing and speaking.”

In the End of Unit, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Cards are available. The materials state, “The purpose of the vocabulary cards is to reinforce students’ understanding of the new vocabulary words in the unit as well as to provide a place for students to record any other math words and definitions that would be helpful for them in their understanding of unit concepts. Students may find it useful to draw or write examples on the vocabulary cards as they encounter the terms during the unit. you may want to make a copy of the cards and display them in a word wall in the classroom to further support students’ learning.”

Gateway Three

Usability

Meets Expectations

Criterion 3a - 3e

Use and design facilitate student learning: Materials are well designed and take into account effective lesson structure and pacing.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for being well designed and taking into account effective lesson structure and pacing. The instructional materials distinguish between problems and exercises, have exercises that are given in intentional sequences, have a variety in what students are asked to produce, and include manipulatives that are faithful representations of the mathematical objects they represent.

Indicator 3a

The underlying design of the materials distinguishes between problems and exercises. In essence, the difference is that in solving problems, students learn new mathematics, whereas in working exercises, students apply what they have already learned to build mastery. Each problem or exercise has a purpose.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for distinguishing between problems and exercises. 

There are several practice pages provided with each lesson. After receiving guidance from the teacher in the Try It section of each lesson, students can demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. Students solve problems to learn new mathematics in the Explore sessions of each lesson. These ideas are further developed in Develop sessions, where students solve problems in the Try It and Connect It sections. In the Refine session, students complete exercises where they apply their learning. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 10, Session 1, Explore, students explore the meaning of division by modeling division problems using pictures and equations. In Session 2, Develop, students practice this skill by drawing pictures, writing equations, and using area models. In Session 3, Refine, students solve word problems to apply their knowledge in the Apply It section.

Indicator 3b

Design of assignments is not haphazard: exercises are given in intentional sequences.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for designing assignments not being haphazard and exercises given in intentional sequences. 

The sequence of lessons in each topic is designed to move from concrete and pictorial representation toward abstract work with numbers. Each unit has a Unit Flow and Progressions Video that highlights the work of the unit and how it fits in the progression of mathematics across grade levels. 

Each unit also has a Learning Progression Chart that shows which lessons are building upon and which lessons students are preparing for within the unit. Each lesson has learning progression information which highlights work done in previous grade levels, as well as the work to be done in this lesson and subsequent lessons.

Each lesson has a consistent structure that builds towards independence. For example,

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 23, Session 1, Explore, students are given the problem, “Izzy’s mom bakes a cake. She puts chocolate frosting on half the cake and vanilla frosting on half the cake. Then Izzy’s mom cuts the cake into fourths so that each fourth is either all chocolate or all vanilla frosting. What fraction other than $$\frac{1}{2}$$ names the part of the cake that has chocolate frosting?” Teachers first guide students in making sense of the problem, then teachers guide students in partner discussion by looking for and reinforcing use of halves, fourths, and looking for another fraction that names $$\frac{1}{2}$$ of the cake. Finally, during Apply It and the Exit Ticket students practice and independently show their understanding.

Lessons within units build upon each other. For example: 

  • In Grade 3, Unit 3 includes the following lessons and topics: Lesson 14: Understand Area, Lesson 15: Multiply to Find Area, Lesson 16: Add Areas, Lesson 17: Solve One Step Word Problems Using Multiplication and Division, Lesson 18: Solve Two Step Word Problems Using The Four Operations, and Lesson 19: Scaled Graphs.

 

Indicator 3c

There is variety in what students are asked to produce. For example, students are asked to produce answers and solutions, but also, in a grade-appropriate way, arguments and explanations, diagrams, mathematical models, etc.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for having a variety in what students are asked to produce. 

Students are expected to respond to problems in a variety of ways, including produce answers, use models, drawings, and equations to support their explanations. Students are asked to justify their solutions with a partner and participate in discussions with Discuss It and Pair/Share prompts. Students respond to different problem types in the Refine section of the lessons, including short answer explanations, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and drawings. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 22, Session 3, Develop, students respond to problems in multiple ways when working with equivalent fractions There are problems where students provide solutions with explanations and use models and number lines to show equivalent fractions.

Indicator 3d

Manipulatives are faithful representations of the mathematical objects they represent and when appropriate are connected to written methods.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for manipulatives being faithful representations of the mathematical objects they represent. 

There are a variety of manipulatives in the Math Tool Kit available during lessons, and students are introduced to these in appropriate contexts for the concept being developed.

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 2, Session 2, Develop, students use base ten blocks, place value charts, and number lines to add three-digit numbers. 

Indicator 3e

The visual design (whether in print or online) is not distracting or chaotic, but supports students in engaging thoughtfully with the subject.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for the visual design not being distracting or chaotic. 

The student pages provide ample space for students to show work and write explanations. The layout of the lessons is consistent throughout all of the lessons and the student materials are present in the teacher edition. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 21, Student Worktext, Session 3, Develop, Apply It provides number lines for students to use with adequate white space for the students to provide explanations. 

Criterion 3f - 3l

Teacher Planning and Learning for Success with CCSS: Materials support teacher learning and understanding of the Standards.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for supporting teacher learning and understanding of the Standards. The instructional materials support: planning and providing learning experiences with quality questions; contain ample and useful notations and suggestions on how to present the content; and contain explanations of the grade-level mathematics in the context of the overall mathematics curriculum. 

Indicator 3f

Materials support teachers in planning and providing effective learning experiences by providing quality questions to help guide students' mathematical development.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing teachers with questions that are designed to elicit students’ mathematical understanding and thinking. 

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 2, Session 1, Explore, the teacher notes include questions in the margins. The questions are in italics and easy for the teacher to see. Under Support Whole Class Discussion, there are two Ask prompts, “Ask: How do (student name)’s and (student name)’s models show hundreds, tens and ones? Ask: How could you use rounding to check your answer for reasonableness?” 

Indicator 3g

Materials contain a teacher's edition with ample and useful annotations and suggestions on how to present the content in the student edition and in the ancillary materials. Where applicable, materials include teacher guidance for the use of embedded technology to support and enhance student learning.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meets expectations for including ample notes and useful annotations and suggestions on how to present the content in the student edition. 

The Program Implementation tab includes a “Digital Math Tools - Support Videos” section. This section includes support videos for counters and connecting cubes, base ten introduction, base ten: add and subtract, number line, multiplication models, perimeter and area, fraction models: add and subtract, and fraction models: compare and multiply.

In Classroom Resources, guidance for teachers supports the delivery of the content, as well as information on student responses for each section of the lesson. For example: 

  • In Grade 3, Unit 2, Math in Action, Session 1 the notes include a Study an Example Problem and Solution and a Problem Solving Checklist. Both provide narration for the teacher on how to present the student edition content to the students. Furthermore, there is a section titled, “Deepen Understanding - Connecting Arrays and Multiplication.” This section includes Ask, Listen For, and Generalize sections to assist the teacher.

Indicator 3h

Materials contain a teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials) that contains full, adult-level explanations and examples of the more advanced mathematics concepts in the lessons so that teachers can improve their own knowledge of the subject, as necessary.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for containing a teacher’s edition that contains full, adult-level explanations and examples of the more advanced mathematics concepts in the lessons so that teachers can improve their own knowledge of the subject as necessary. 

In Classroom Resources at the beginning of each unit, Learning Progressions, Math Background, and Unit Flow and Progression Videos provide information for teachers on mathematics and models. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Unit 3, Beginning of Unit, Teach, the Unit Flow and Progression Video builds teacher understanding of how work with areas leads students to develop the formula for area, and how this understanding fosters development of division concepts. This progression of conceptual understanding leads to the exploration of more sophisticated understandings need to interpret scaled graphs.

Indicator 3i

Materials contain a teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials) that explains the role of the specific grade-level mathematics in the context of the overall mathematics curriculum for kindergarten through grade twelve.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for containing a teacher’s edition that explains the role of the specific grade-level mathematics in the context of the overall mathematics curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade 12.  

The Ready Classroom Mathematics materials include a “Learning Progression,” section in the teacher edition for each lesson that describes how the grade-level appropriate standard is developed in previous grades as well as how it will extend in the next grade. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 20, Full Lesson, Standard 3.NF.1 is listed and defined.  Under the Learning Progression section on the same page, which describes the progression students will learn about fractions, it starts with In Grade 2, moves to In Grade 3, In This Lesson, and In Grade 4.

Indicator 3j

Materials provide a list of lessons in the teacher's edition (in print or clearly distinguished/accessible as a teacher's edition in digital materials), cross-referencing the standards covered and providing an estimated instructional time for each lesson, chapter and unit (i.e., pacing guide).
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 contain an online portal that cross-references standards and provides a pacing guide for each lesson. Specifically, under the Program Implementation tab there are Teacher’s Guide, Table of Contents, Program Overview, Correlations, and Yearly Pacing resources to assist the teacher. Moreover, under the correlation resource there are correlations by state standard, correlations by ready classroom mathematics lessons, math in action correlations, standards for mathematical practices correlations, unit review correlations, and ELA standard correlations.

Indicator 3k

Materials contain strategies for informing parents or caregivers about the mathematics program and suggestions for how they can help support student progress and achievement.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 contain strategies for informing parents or caregivers about the mathematics program and suggestions for how they can help support student progress and achievement. Family Letters for each lesson are found in the “Lesson Overview and Family Letter” tab at the beginning of each lesson. These letters explain the learning target and include an activity they can do at home. In the teacher edition, there is a “Connect to Family” section. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 11, the Family Letter provides parents with information about the partial products strategy. It states “One way to multiply is to use partial products. With this strategy you multiply each digit in 324 by 9, taking into account the place value of each digit.” 

Indicator 3l

Materials contain explanations of the instructional approaches of the program and identification of the research-based strategies.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 contain explanations of the instructional approaches of the program and identification of the research-based strategies. Under the Program Implementation Tab, there is a Supporting Research tab. Here, teachers can find supporting research charts including: “Ready Classroom Mathematics is built on research from a variety of federal initiatives, national mathematics organizations, and experts in mathematics.” The chart lists instructional routines, mathematical practices, collaborative learning, and mathematical discourse. For each one of those items, the publishers have listed examples and corresponding research.

Criterion 3m - 3q

Assessment: Materials offer teachers resources and tools to collect ongoing data about student progress on the Standards.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for offering teachers resources and tools to collect ongoing data about student progress on the Standards. The instructional materials provide opportunities for addressing common student errors and misconceptions, ongoing review and practice with feedback, clearly denote the standards being assessed, and provide rubrics and guidance for teachers to interpret student performance and suggestions for follow-up. The instructional materials also provide opportunities to gather information on students’ prior knowledge.

Indicator 3m

Materials provide strategies for gathering information about students' prior knowledge within and across grade levels.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing strategies for gathering information about students’ prior knowledge within and across grade levels. 

The materials in Ready Classroom Mathematics list prerequisite skills for each lesson in the Lesson overview. Prerequisite Lessons are provided with each lesson to review concepts or to provide students with instruction in areas that may be gaps in their learning. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 18, the Prerequisite Lesson is: Grade 2 Lesson 9.

In addition to identifying prerequisite skills for each lesson, Explore, at the beginning of each lesson, connects students’ prior knowledge with the content of the lesson. In some Warm-up questions there is a tag “Prerequisite” noting that the question is assessing prior knowledge.

The instructional materials include adaptive Diagnostic Assessments with Prerequisite  Reports found in i-Ready, Reports.

Indicator 3n

Materials provide strategies for teachers to identify and address common student errors and misconceptions.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing strategies for teachers to identify and address common student errors and misconceptions. 

The Ready Classroom Mathematics materials provide strategies for teachers to identify and address common student errors and misconceptions. For example,

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 5, Session 3, Develop, the Common Misconception states, “Look for students who have trouble modeling the quantity 0. Have them draw 6 circles on a piece of paper and write 0 X’s in each circle. Then ask how many X’s there are in all.”

Indicator 3o

Materials provide opportunities for ongoing review and practice, with feedback, for students in learning both concepts and skills.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing opportunities for ongoing review and practice, with feedback, for students in learning both concepts and skills. 

Over the course of a lesson, which includes multiple sessions, materials engage students with multiple activities to review, practice, and independently demonstrate the grade-level mathematical concepts and skills. 

Feedback is provided to students as they progress through the Sessions. Frequent feedback opportunities to address skills and concepts are provided in the Classroom Resources tab, within each lesson and its sessions. The Reteach - Tools for Instruction within each lesson provides teachers with sample errors and remediation strategies to address those errors. In addition, throughout the lesson sessions, potential misconceptions are highlighted with guidance for teachers to provide feedback and new opportunities for practice. For example:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 27, Reteach, Tools for Instruction, Elapsed Time, Check for Understanding states, “If you observe the student has difficulty crossing into the next hour the student may not understand how to keep counting past the end of the hour.  Then try having the student draw a timeline, making it by 5’s from 1:30 to 2:30. Then have the student draw the jumps to represent each amount of time.”

Indicator 3p

Materials offer ongoing formative and summative assessments:
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Assessments clearly denote which standards are being emphasized.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for offering ongoing formative and summative assessments that clearly denote which standard is being emphasized.

  • Standards are clearly noted within the assessments found at the end of each lesson. Standards are provided alongside the questions as well as the Depth of Knowledge level. Unit Assessment Correlations are available with the question number, DOK, Standard, and Lesson. 
  • A Mid-Unit Assessment is provided for longer units. Mid-Unit Assessments also provide standards correlations for each item. These can be found in the Classroom Resources tab, End of Unit, Assess, Lesson Quizzes, and Unit Assessments. 
  • Formative assessments are also available:
    • Lesson quizzes, exit tickets, and quick checks are provided for most lessons. These quizzes assess the specific standard(s) being taught in the lesson.
    • Within the sessions are Check For Understanding supports that include a statement as to why the check is being done. The why relates back to the standard being taught in the activities for that session.

Indicator 3p.ii

Assessments include aligned rubrics and scoring guidelines that provide sufficient guidance to teachers for interpreting student performance and suggestions for follow-up.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for including aligned rubrics and scoring guidelines to support teachers in interpreting student performance and sometimes provide for follow-up instruction. 

Rubrics are provided for Mid-Unit Assessments, Unit Assessments, Unit Performance Tasks, Lesson Quizzes, and Math in Action. (grade 2 and above) The rubrics and scoring guidelines support teachers to interpret student performance. Assessment answer keys are provided alongside the questions along with the DOK level for the item. For multiple choice answers, the correct answer and explanations for incorrect choices are given, including the most common misconceptions.  

Reports from i-Ready diagnostic assessments and comprehension checks assist teachers in providing follow-up instruction for misconceptions and mathematical errors. The electronic reports also include links to assist in reteaching items missed. Within lessons, rubrics and scoring guidelines provide guidance for teachers to follow-up and, throughout Ready Classroom Mathematics, there is guidance for teachers on behaviors to look for, error alerts, and Common Misconceptions. 

  • Unit Assessments include a Unit Assessment Teacher Guide that provides instructors with solutions, points possible, the exact standard covered, and the depth of knowledge (DOK) level for each item.
  • The Scoring Guide for the problems in the scoring table include: DOK, points of scoring, standard addressed, and lesson assessed by each problem.
  • The Scoring Rubrics includes points and expectations for short response, multiple select, choice matrix, extended response, and fill-in-the-blank items.
  • Assessment Practice provides some support for follow-up by identifying standards that need further study and reinforcement. Assessment Practice Answer Key and Correlations identify the standard which each question has been designed to evaluate. 

Indicator 3q

Materials encourage students to monitor their own progress.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 encourage students to monitor their own progress. 

Each Unit Opener has a Self-Check page for students to select the skills/concepts they think they already know and understand. End of Unit opportunities for self-reflection are provided at each grade level for all units. Assessments can be completed using an answer form that allows for students to correct the assessment orally after completion, review answers, and explain concepts students may not fully understand. Dialogue is fully supported inside the classroom to address student misconceptions and give students opportunities for both self- and peer assessment.

Criterion 3r - 3y

Differentiated instruction: Materials support teachers in differentiating instruction for diverse learners within and across grades.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet the expectations for supporting teachers in differentiating instruction for diverse learners within and across grades. The instructional materials consistently provide: strategies to help teachers sequence and scaffold lessons; to meet the needs of a range of learners; tasks with multiple entry points; supports and accommodations for English Language Learners and special populations; and opportunities for advanced students to investigate mathematics content at a deeper level. The instructional materials provide a balanced portrayal of various demographic and personal characteristics, and include suggestions for grouping strategies.

Indicator 3r

Materials provide strategies to help teachers sequence or scaffold lessons so that the content is accessible to all learners.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing strategies to help teachers sequence or scaffold lessons so that the content is accessible to all learners. 

The sessions within a lesson follow the sequence of Explore, Develop, and Refine. Within a session, there is a sequence of Start, followed by Try It, Model It, or Apply It; Discuss; Connect; and Close.

  • Start is designed to build fluency or connect to prior knowledge. 
  • Try It is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the concept on their own.
  • Model It is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore the concept through manipulatives or drawings. 
  • Apply It is designed to give students an opportunity to practice the skill on their own. 
  • Discuss is designed to allow students to talk to other students about the concept and compare what they did with each other. 
  • Connect It is designed to help students connect the concept to real-life. 
  • Close is designed to solidify the learning for the day and to check for understanding through the use of an exit ticket. 

Each lesson includes a Differentiated Instruction Teacher Toolbox that includes Reteach (Tools for Instruction), Reinforce (Math Center Activities), and Extend (Enrichment Activities). For example, the Lesson 1 Overview states: 

  • Reteach- “Children who require additional support for prerequisite or on-level skills will benefit from activities that provide targeted skills instruction.”
  • Reinforce- “Children who require additional practice to reinforce concepts and skills and deepen understanding will benefit from small group collaborative games and activities.” This is available in three versions: on-level, below-level, and above-level.
  • Extend- “Children who have achieved proficiency with concepts and skills are ready for additional challenges will benefit from group collaborative games and activities to extend understanding.”

Indicator 3s

Materials provide teachers with strategies for meeting the needs of a range of learners.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing teachers with strategies to meet the needs of a range of learners. 

Each lesson provides opportunity for differentiation in small group lessons, interactive digital tutorials, support for teachers to address common misconceptions at different points throughout lessons. For example:

  • The Differentiated Instruction opportunities provide support to reteach students who need additional support, reinforce learning for students who need additional practice, and extend learning for students who have achieved proficiency and are ready for further challenges.
  • The Language Development sections for English Language Learners provides even more differentiated support for students who are at different levels of English proficiency.
  • Community and Cultural Responsiveness activities build bridges between the mathematics students are learning to investigations of authentic contexts and issues. For example, students apply mathematics they have learned to objects and activities found in parks.

The materials also support learning with a variety of different experiences to develop connections in each lesson. For example:

  • Lessons use manipulative objects such as counters and connecting cubes for hands-on experiences where students are actively applying and representing mathematics with hands-on objects.
  • Partner and Whole group discussion are incorporated in all sessions to provide dialogue surrounding the mathematics being done.
  • Visual representations and physical representations using mathematics manipulatives are used throughout each session.

Indicator 3t

Materials embed tasks with multiple entry-points that can be solved using a variety of solution strategies or representations.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for embedding tasks with multiple entry points that can be solved using a variety of solution strategies or representations. 

The materials present word problems at the beginning of most lessons in the Try It part of the session, which provides multiple points of entry for students. During Model It, students can model the problem in whichever way they like. Examples of problems that provide multiple entry points, different representations, and/or solution pathways include:

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 2, Student Worktext,  Session 2 Develop, Try It states, “Rodney has 147 songs on his MP3 player. Elain has 212 songs on her MP3 player. How many songs do Rodney and Elaine have in all?”

Indicator 3u

Materials suggest support, accommodations, and modifications for English Language Learners and other special populations that will support their regular and active participation in learning mathematics (e.g., modifying vocabulary words within word problems).
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for suggesting support, accommodations, and modifications for English Language Learners and other special populations to engage students in regular and active participation in learning mathematics.

In Program Implementation, Implementation Support there are resources, including:

  • A Multilingual Glossary
  • A Bilingual Glossary
  • An Academic Vocabulary Glossary
  • WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation
  • Try-Discuss-Connect Routine Resources

In Classroom Resources, Teachers Edition, Language Development is identified for each lesson. This differentiated instruction chart provides guidance for teachers at three levels of differentiation that identifies specific strategies (e.g., Speaking/Writing, Reading/Writing) directly connected to lesson sessions and activities. During sessions, specific strategies target additional supports for students to support engagement in lesson activities. For example:

  • Prerequisite lessons are identified for most lessons and include specific supports for ELLs.
  • Develop Language includes Why (rationale for the suggestions) and How (strategies and guidance on how to engage students) sections, along with explanations as needed.  
  • Discuss It provides supports for all students to engage in mathematical discourse.
  • Differentiated Instruction is included for most lessons and includes activities for intervention, on-level, and challenge.
  • Math Center activities provide multiple levels of content. 
  • Math in Action lessons in Grade 2 and higher build background in a variety of contexts to ensure access for all.

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Materials provide opportunities for advanced students to investigate mathematics content at greater depth.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing opportunities for proficient and advanced students to participate in enrichment activities for a deeper challenge. 

In i-Ready, Teach and Assess, Ready Classroom Mathematics, Classroom Resources, Teacher, Lesson Pacing Guide includes Small Group Differentiation Activities, and highlights Extend, Enrichment Activity. These Enrichment Activities can be found during the Refine session in the lesson, and include a Challenge Activity related to the content of the lesson. For example: 

  • In Grade 3, Lesson 7, Extend states, “Have students make 4 groups of 12 by using the base-ten blocks to model the number 12 four times. Ask what fact do these groups show…”

Indicator 3w

Materials provide a balanced portrayal of various demographic and personal characteristics.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 meet expectations for providing a balanced portrayal of demographic and personal characteristics representing a variety of backgrounds. 

In the Program Implementation tab, a multilingual, bilingual, and academic glossary are provided. Throughout the materials there are examples of animated pictures of children that have varied skin tone, features, hair color, and hair types such as pictures of children with brown skin and black hair, light skin and blond hair, and brown skin and brown hair. Pictures with more than one child show interactions between children with varied skin and hair colors such as one with light brown skin and black hair and the other with dark brown skin and black hair. The pictures of objects included are pencils, cars, soccer balls, footballs, apples, bananas, crayons, goldfish, rocks, flowers and other objects commonly known to most students. A variety of names representing different ethnic and cultural backgrounds are used, including:  Rosa and Ryan, Nick and Nora, Dave and Ari, Roberto and Rena, Fran and Pete, Gabe and Rose, Darious, Sam, Lexi, Paco, Julija, Lana, and Kyle.

Indicator 3x

Materials provide opportunities for teachers to use a variety of grouping strategies.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 provide a variety of opportunities for different grouping strategies. 

Each lesson session includes supports for partner discussion and whole class discussion. Some examples of discussions throughout the materials include: “Have pairs explain how they modeled and solved the problems. Compare and Connect the different representations and have children identify how they are related. Ask your partner: Do you agree with me? Why or why not? Tell your partner: I started by…” These discussion starters are used throughout the materials in all grades. Opportunities for grouping are also supported in the differentiated instruction and language development activities. The teacher materials offer support for whole class discussions and independent activities throughout the instruction.

Indicator 3y

Materials encourage teachers to draw upon home language and culture to facilitate learning.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 provide support to draw upon home language and culture to facilitate learning. The materials offer a multilingual mathematics glossary that defines common mathematical terms in ten different languages. There are student discourse tools in both English and Spanish to support those two most common languages. There are family letters in Spanish, as well as in English, that support parents in learning mathematics at home. 

Interactive Learning Games are available in English and Spanish.

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Effective technology use: Materials support effective use of technology to enhance student learning. Digital materials are accessible and available in multiple platforms.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 integrate technology in ways that engage students in the Mathematical Practices. The digital materials are web-based and compatible with multiple internet browsers, and include opportunities to assess students’ mathematical knowledge and procedural skill. The digital materials do not include opportunities to personalize learning for students, but do present some opportunities for customization for local use. The instructional materials do not include opportunities for teachers and/or students to collaborate with each other.  

Indicator 3z

Materials integrate technology such as interactive tools, virtual manipulatives/objects, and/or dynamic mathematics software in ways that engage students in the Mathematical Practices.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 integrate technology such as interactive tools, virtual manipulatives/objects, and/or dynamic mathematics software in ways that engage students in the Mathematical Practices. 

The materials include Interactive Tutorials with most lessons that are animated interactive lessons assigned to students in their personalized instructional plan. These tutorials include integrative technology such as interactive tools and digital math manipulatives to engage students in the Mathematical Practices.  

Some lessons include multiple interactive tutorials related to the content of the lesson. Students work through the videos and answer questions. Students can use the lesson view to skip to different parts of the lesson. There is a pen for student use, as well as a notepad and a dictionary.

Digital Math Tools are provided to be used throughout the program. Tools available in the grades K-5 program include Counters, Connecting Cubes, Base Ten Blocks Tool, Number Line Tool, Multiplication Models Tool, Perimeter and Area Tool, and Fraction Models Tool. In general, tools are representative of concrete manipulatives.

Seven learning games are provided for student practice of concepts and skills. There is a document called “Learning Games Lessons Correlations” in the Program Implementation Guide, in the Digital Resource Correlations section, that provides information for teachers about which games support which lesson content. 

Interactive Practice is provided for student practice of concepts. The practice is provided for some lessons but not all. In each Interactive Practice, students are given problems to solve which build on their conceptual understanding and help consolidate their knowledge.

Indicator 3aa

Digital materials (either included as supplementary to a textbook or as part of a digital curriculum) are web-based and compatible with multiple internet browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.). In addition, materials are "platform neutral" (i.e., are compatible with multiple operating systems such as Windows and Apple and are not proprietary to any single platform) and allow the use of tablets and mobile devices.
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The instructional materials reviewed  for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 digital materials are web-based and compatible with multiple Internet browsers and operating systems. These materials also allow for the use of handheld and mobile devices. System requirements can be accessed by clicking the question mark at the top right-hand corner when signed in to the teacher website and clicking on the link to the system requirements PDF. 

According to the PDF provided by the publisher, the materials are compatible with Windows 7 SP!, Windows 10 1802 (April 2018 update) or higher, MacOS X 10.11, MacOS 10.12-10.14, Google Chrome OS. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer on Mac and Google Chrome operating systems, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome. The publisher recommends Google Chrome with auto-updates enabled for the best experience. In addition, there is an app for iPads titled “i-Ready for Students.” The app is not supported for iPad minis. The app is not available for other tablets or the iPhone. However, when attempted, many of the tools can be viewed on other mobile devices through the website accessed through the browsers listed.

Indicator 3ab

Materials include opportunities to assess student mathematical understandings and knowledge of procedural skills using technology.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 materials include online comprehension checks for each lesson. Comprehension checks have five problems and are a mixture of problem types, including multiple-choice, multiple select, fill in the blank, and drag and drop. Middle and End of Unit Assessments are also available for each unit in a digital version with similar formatting. Those assessments are customizable and allow teachers to eliminate or combine assessment items. The learning games offer teachers reports on three types of data that include time spent on activities, student performance on math skills, and other qualitative data such as student perseverance through difficult tasks. Reports for comprehension checks are available for individual students and at the class level. 

Indicator 3ac

Materials can be easily customized for individual learners. i. Digital materials include opportunities for teachers to personalize learning for all students, using adaptive or other technological innovations. ii. Materials can be easily customized for local use. For example, materials may provide a range of lessons to draw from on a topic.
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 can be customized for individual learners or users through the digital platform using adaptive or innovative technologies. 

In i-Ready, Assess and Teach, Assessment, teachers can customize Interactive Practice assignments. In i-Ready, Reports, Learning Games can also be customized. i-Ready Instruction, available for an additional purchase, includes additional opportunities to customize content. In i-Ready, Assess and Teach, Classroom Resources, Lesson Quizzes, Fluency and Skills activities, and powerpoint slides for each lesson are customizable.

The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 materials provide limited opportunities for teachers to customize lessons for local use. Ready Classroom Mathematics Teacher Resources include Small Group Differentiation using Prerequisite Lessons, Tools for Instruction, Math Center Activities, and Enrichment Activities. These are teacher-led activities for use with small groups requiring additional instruction and/or review prerequisite concepts. Middle and End of Unit Assessments have one editable form, digital assessments are customizable, and fluency pages have an editable form as well. 

Indicator 3ad

Materials include or reference technology that provides opportunities for teachers and/or students to collaborate with each other (e.g. websites, discussion groups, webinars, etc.).
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The instructional materials reviewed for Ready Classroom Mathematics Grade 3 provide no explicit guidance for opportunities for collaboration using technology. No opportunities are provided for teacher-to-student collaboration or student-to-student collaboration. There are no technical features that allow collaboration between teacher and student or between students.

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Additional Publication Details

Report Published Date: 04/02/2020

Report Edition: 2020

Title ISBN Edition Publisher Year
Ready Classroom Mathematics Student Worktext Grade 3 978-1-4957-9346-2 Curriculum Associates 2020
Ready Classroom Mathematics Teacher Guide Grade 3 978-1-4957-9430-8 Curriculum Associates 2020

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For math, our rubrics evaluate materials based on:

  • Focus and Coherence

  • Rigor and Mathematical Practices

  • Instructional Supports and Usability

The K-8 Evidence Guides complement the rubric by elaborating details for each indicator including the purpose of the indicator, information on how to collect evidence, guiding questions and discussion prompts, and scoring criteria.

The EdReports rubric supports a sequential review process through three gateways. These gateways reflect the importance of alignment to college and career ready standards and considers other attributes of high-quality curriculum, such as usability and design, as recommended by educators.

Materials must meet or partially meet expectations for the first set of indicators (gateway 1) to move to the other gateways. 

Gateways 1 and 2 focus on questions of alignment to the standards. Are the instructional materials aligned to the standards? Are all standards present and treated with appropriate depth and quality required to support student learning?

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