CompassLearning - Small Group Use and Teacher Tools

Compass Math - Plain and Simple (Timeline and Checklist) Updated 5-17-11



















Math Tools

Teachers will explore and identify the use of virtual manipulatives and teacher tools including Math Toolkit pieces, Exploratories, Boxer Math resources, Virtual Flashcards, and Handbooks.

  • Math Toolkit


    There are math toolkits available in both the students' and teachers' login screens. Each is viewed slightly differently, but contains exactly the same virtual manipulatives. The students can view their own math toolkit by clicking the icon on the left of their launch screen with a picture of a screwdriver and wrench and then the MATH button in the window that opens. The teachers can view their math toolkit by clicking on CONTENT and RESOURCES, then looking in the center section of the window for the words "Math Toolkit". The student's math toolkit has pictures that identify each different manipulative. The teacher's math toolkit lists the manipulatives by name. Every tool in the math toolkit, except Algebra Tiles, has a tutorial and can be printed.

    The following virtual manipulatives are available in the Math Toolkits.
    • Algebra Tiles
    • Base Ten Blocks
    • Calculator
    • Coordinate Graphing Tool
    • Counters
    • Data Representation Tool
    • Fraction Tool
    • Geoboard Tool
    • Number Line Tool
    • Probability Tool
    • Solid Shaper Tool
    • Transformation Tool

With many classrooms in our district using the model classroom equipment, it would be very easy to use the Math Toolkit manipulatives to lead the students while they use real manipulatives. They would be great for modeling how to use them so students can use them while they work their activities during their math center time.
  • Exploratories

    • Math exploratories are additional great teaching tools that is available within CompassLearning Math. You can find a list below. List of available Math Exploraties in PDF
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  • Boxer Math/Tutorials

  • Virtual Flashcards

    • More tools that are available, yet not obvious, are virtual math flashcards that come with their own timer. The math flash cards can be as simple as ones for basic addition and subtraction facts. They can be as challenging as dividing a number by a 3-digit number or multiplying two numbers containing decimals. They are not as easy to find as the Math Toolkit. Each does have an activity number. They can be found using the teacher login.To Find the Math Flashcards...
    1. Login to http://compass.cmcss.net using your MUNIS number and password.
    2. Click on the CONTENT tab.
    3. Click on CURRICULUM INDEX from the drop-down menu.
    4. Select Math from the SUBJECT menu. (You may also click to select a grade level, but it is optional.)
    5. In the Search box on the right, type "flash cards".
    6. Click the Arrow button to search.
    • A list of activities that function as digital flash cards will appear on the screen. If you have the model classroom equipment, you could use it during transitions, as reviews, or for warm-ups. The more students correctly practice their math facts, the more they become second nature and the less they have to struggle to know them.

  • Handbooks


Small Math Group Instruction

Teachers will create lesson plans that take advantage of the Math Tools available in CompassLearning Math and are designed to be used in a small math group setting.
for Microsoft Office 2007(PC), 2008(Mac), 2010(PC), and 2011(Mac)
for Microsoft Office 2003(PC) and 2004(Mac)

Teacher-Created Small Group Lesson Plans


Mathematical Processes

Grade Level
Tool
Activity Number
Content/Title
Lesson Plan Template
1
Math Toolkit
Base Ten Blocks
Base Ten Blocks Primary -
Modeling Numbers to 100

K - 2
Math Toolkit
Base Ten Blocks
Base Ten Blocks -
Modeling Numbers to 25

3
Exploratory
34101
Elapsed Time


Number and Operations

Grade Level
Tool
Activity Number
Content/Title
Lesson Plan Template
1 - 2
Exploratory
34113
Identify Patterns on a Hundreds Chart

2
Boxer Math

Boxer Math
Math Toolkit
3B006 with printed Work Along
3B011

Number Line
Number Line and Rounding

2-3
Exploratory
MathToolkit
Flashcards
34136
BaseTen
3B005
Compare and Order Numbers

2 - 3
Exploratory
34139
Rounding to the nearest 10s and 1s

4
Math Toolkit
Boxer Math

Exploratory
Number Line

4B003 with printed Work Along
40926
Rounding Whole Numbers to Nearest 100,000s

4-5
Boxer Math

Flash Cards
4B037 with Printed Work Along
4B039
Adding and Subtracting Decimals

5
Math Toolkit
Fractions Tool
Comparing Fractions


Algebra

Grade Level
Tool
Activity Number
Content/Title
Lesson Plan Template










Geometry and Measurement

Grade Level
Tool
Activity Number
Content/Title
Lesson Plan Template
1 - 2
Exploratory
34142
Reading Temperature

3
Exploratory
34101
Elapsed Time

4-5
Math Toolkit
Boxer Math
Geoboard
5B055
5B056
Geometry with Digital Geoboard


Data, Probability, and Statistics

Grade Level
Teacher Tool
Tool Number
Content
Lesson Plan
3
Math Toolkit
Data Representation Tool
Graph and Count Money







Reports and Student Data for Teachers

Teachers will learn best practices and reports for monitoring student progress and usage of time in CompassLearning Math stations.