Instructional Materials

Textbooks

6th Grade:

Math: Saxon Math Series
Science: Glencoe Earth Science
Social Studies: History Alive, The Ancient World
Language Arts: Holt Elements of Literature, Introductory Course & Holt Elements of Language, Introductory Course

7th Grade:

Math: Saxon Math Series / Holt Math Series
Science: Glencoe Life Science
Social Studies: History Alive, The Medieval World and Beyond Geography Alive!
Language Arts: Holt Elements of Literature, First Course & Holt Elements of Language, First Course

8th Grade:

Math: Holt Math Series
Science: Glencoe Physical Science
Social Studies: History Alive!, US History
Language Arts: Holt Elements of Literature, Second Course & Holt Elements of Language, Second Course

9th Grade:

Math:  Holt Math Series
Science: Glencoe Biology
Social Studies: History Alive!, Pursuing American Ideals
Language Arts: Holt Elements of Literature, Third Course & Holt Elements of Language, Third Course

Click here to learn more about Saxon Books.

 

Software and Online Subscriptions

Lotus School is equipped with following network design and computer systems:
  • MS Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition Servers with Share Point Services
  • Two desktop computer labs and three laptop computer labs for student use
  • Teacher computers with printers in each classroom
  • Office and library computers, running Windows XP or Windows 7
  • Symantec Antivirus Corporate for Network security and Content Filtering of the student computers
  • Mavis Beacon Network version for typing classes
  • NetSupport School for computer lab management
  • Accord Institute Technology Integrated Education (TIE) Curriculum for Computer Technology classes for Middle School
  • Accord Institute technology Curriculum for High School
  • Renaissance Learning Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reader programs ▪Star Math, Star Reading and Star Early Literacy computerized adaptive assessments
  • Discipline Record System as the incentive system (will be available to parents)
  • Infinite Campus as an online gradebook and attendance tracker (is available to parents)

 

Why Lotus School will Use Saxon Math

The Saxon Difference: An Approach to Math Instruction

Saxon Math is the only major math program on the market today that systematically distributes instruction, practice, and assessment throughout the academic year as opposed to concentrating, or massing, the instruction, practice and assessment of related concepts into a short period of time usually within a unit or chapter. Saxon Math's unique approach to math instruction ensures that students not only gain but also retain essential math skills.

The pedagogy used in Saxon Math is unique, effective and research-based. The authors of Saxon Math began developing the series by first breaking complex concepts into related increments, recognizing that smaller pieces of information are easier to teach and easier to learn. Then they systematically distributed the instruction, practice and assessment of those increments across a grade level. Well-established research has shown that this spaced (distributed) approach has produced significantly higher levels of student learning than massed presentations such as those found in programs with a chapter-based approach (Dempster & Farris, 1990).

Incremental Instruction Distributed Across the Level

In Saxon Math, each increment builds on the foundation of earlier increments, leading students to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. The instruction of related increments is carefully distributed throughout the grade level, ensuring that students have the opportunity to master each increment before being introduced to the next related one. Foundational research has shown that instruction that presents material to be learned over several intervals (distributed instruction) results in greater student achievement than instruction that is not distributed (English, Wellburn & Killian, 1934). Further studies have confirmed that distributed instruction is more effective in a variety of subjects including mathematics (Dempster, 1988; Hintzman, 1974; Reynolds & Glasser, 1964).

Continual Practice Distributed Across the Level

Practice of an increment is distributed continually across each grade level. Continual, distributed practice ensures that concepts are committed to students' long-term memory and that students achieve automaticity of basic math skills. Several research studies show that students who are taught with a mathematics curriculum that uses continual practice and review show greater skill acquisition and math achievement (Good & Grouws, 1979; MacDonald, 1984; Hardesty, 1986; Mayfield & Chase, 2002; Usnick, 1991; Ornstein, 1990; Hardesty, 1986; MacDonald, 1984; Good & Grouws, 1979). Additional studies have concluded that spaced (distributed) practice results in higher performance than massed practice (Dhaliwal, 1987; Proctor, 1980).

Cumulative Assessment Distributed Across the Level

The frequent, cumulative assessments in Saxon Math assess both the acquisition and maintenance of concepts. Assessments are built into each fifth lesson to help teachers frequently gauge students' progress. And, since each of the assessments is cumulative, teachers can also monitor students' retention of skills. The Saxon Math assessment strategies are based on foundational research showing that effective assessment is frequent and cumulative rather than infrequent or related only to content covered since the last test (Dempster, 1991).

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