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Resources: Strand Kits

PRIME Strand Kits

Each strand kit consists of four components:

Use these components to:

Developmental Maps

Identify and Confirm

Diagnostic Tools booklet

Diagnose and Support

Guide to Using the Developmental Maps

Deepen Understanding

Background and Strategies book

Apply Strategy

DEVELOPMENTAL MAPS: Identify and Confirm

The PRIME Developmental Maps are road maps of where students have been and where they are going mathematically. Use the Developmental Maps to identify a student's phase of mathematics understanding, pin-pointing exactly what your students can do within that phase. The majority of your students will be easy to pin-point within a phase.

Researched, developed, and validated in Canada over three years, each developmental map is poster-sized and printed in full-colour for ease of use.

Features:

  • Each strand kit contains two maps. Each map identifies the developmental phases, which are organized around key mathematical concepts and skills or big ideas
  • The Phases and Indicators Map tells you, in curriculum language, what students can do in each phase
  • The Visual Map shows you what students can do in each phase
DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS BOOKLET: Diagnose and Support

For those few students who are harder to place on the Developmental Map, who don’t seem to fit neatly in a phase or are on the border of a phase, the Diagnostic Tools help to confirm where those students are in their mathematics understanding and their placement within a phase.

Features:
  • 7–10 diagnostic tools per strand
  • Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students
  • Written tests for students beyond Grade 3
  • Detailed, manageable scoring guidelines, with extensive support for scoring
  • Scoring guide for each test item
GUIDE TO USING THE DEVELOPMENTAL MAP:
Deepen Understanding

After confirming your student’s placement in a phase, this Guide broadens your understanding of the phase and content in the phase.

Features:
  • Detailed description of each phase
  • Support for consolidating learning within the phase
  • Instructional focus strategies to move students forward from one phase to the next
  • Sample student responses from Canadian students for each phase, each key concept, and each key skill
  • Strategies for differentiating instruction: open and parallel activities
  • Handy reference Phases and Indicators Map
  • Handy reference Visual Map
BACKGROUND AND STRATEGIES BOOK: Apply Strategy

Once you have a deeper understanding of where your students are within a phase, use the Background and Strategies book to deepen your own understanding of the math and find differentiated instructional strategies to move each and every student forward in their learning.

Features:
  • Explanations and instruction on key mathematics topics and principles
  • Support for tailoring instruction to the needs of each student
  • Canadian student responses to help illustrate key pedagogical and mathematical ideas
  • Detailed information about misconceptions and what to do to avoid or correct them