TEL Lesson Plan
Learning Express Library Mathematics Tests

Grade Level: 5-8
Subject: Mathematics
Time Frame: 1 hour

Summary

Teachers will review mathematics tests that are available in the Learning Express Library and instruct students to take ones that are pertinent.

Databases/Other Resources

Learning Express Library

Procedures

Steps

Steps for Teacher

  1. Go to the Tennessee Electronic Library homepage: www.tntel.info.
  2. Under the search box in the TEL Shortcuts box, click on the LearningExpress Library link.
  3. Select either the Elementary School Learning Center or the Middle School Learning Center listed along the left side of the LearningExpress Library welcome page.
  4. Choose Math Skills Improvement to view the available tests and courses in the Elementary School or Middle School Learning Centers.
  5. The teacher or librarian will register and create logins for the students in the course. For help registering, please see this video tutorial
  6. The teacher will instruct the student(s) to take one or more of the following tests. The teacher may want to review tests for grades other than 5-8 to differentiate instruction for students who are performing at a level below or above grades 5-8.

The following test is within the Math Skills Improvement section for elementary school:

a. Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 5th Grade Mathematics Practice Test (note: this is the only test that is available for 5th grade math)

The following tests are within the Algebra & Patterns Category of the Math Skills Improvement section for middle school:

a. Grade 6 Math Diagnostic 1: Algebra & Patterns
b. Grade 7 Math Diagnostic 1: Algebra & Patterns
c. Grade 8 Math Diagnostic 1: Algebra & Patterns
d. Grade 8 Math Practice: Algebra & Patterns
e. Middle School Math Course 7: Intro to Algebra & Patterns

 

The following tests are within the Basic Math category of the Math Skills Improvement section for middle school.

 

a. Grade 6 Math Diagnostic 1: Number Sense & Operations
b. Grade 7 Math Diagnostic 1: Number Sense & Operations
c. Grade 8 Math Diagnostic 1: Number Sense & Operations
d. Grade 8 Math Practice: Number Sense & Operations
e. Middle School Math Course 1: Number Concepts
f. Middle School Math Course 2: Fractions
g. Middle School Math Course 3: Decimals
h. Middle School Math Course 4: Percentages
i. Middle School Math Course 6: Graphs, Tables, & Charts


The following tests are within the Data Analysis & Probability category of the Math Skills Improvement section for middle school.

a. Grade 6 Math Diagnostic 1: Data Analysis & Probability
b. Grade 7 Math Diagnostic 1: Data Analysis & Probability
c. Grade 8 Math Diagnostic 1: Data Analysis & Probability
d. Grade 8 Math Practice: Data Analysis & Probability
e. Middle School Math Course 5: Data Analysis & Probability


The following tests are within the Geometry & Measurement category of the Math Skills Improvement section for middle school.

a. Grade 6 Math Diagnostic 1: Geometry & Measurement
b. Grade 7 Math Diagnostic 1: Geometry & Measurement
c. Grade 8 Math Diagnostic 1: Geometry & Measurement
d. Grade 8 Math Practice: Geometry & Measurement
e. Middle School Math Course 8: Geometry & Measurement


The followings tests are within the Math Skills Improvement section for middle school.

a. California 8th Grade Mathematics Practice Test
b. Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 8th Grade Mathematics Practice Test
c. Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Grade 8 Mathematics Practice Exam

 

 

 

Steps for Librarian

  1. The librarian will show users how to access the Learning Express Library.
  2. The librarian or teacher will register and create logins for the students in the course.
  3. The librarian will show students how to access the test(s) chosen by the teacher.
  4. The librarian will provide additional assistance with the Learning Express Library database as needed.

Steps for Student

  1. The students will login to Learning Express Library using the unique login created for him/her by the librarian and teacher.
  2. The student will take one or more tests that assess mathematical abilities.
  3. The student will choose to score the test and review the correct answers and the explanations provided for each problem.

Related Activities

The teacher can use or adapt Learning Express Library tests for homework or in-class tests.

 

Content Standards

Content standards will vary based on the test(s) that the teacher chooses for the student(s) to take. For a full listing of the mathematics tests that are available for grades 5-8, please see the section for Steps/Activities by the Teacher.

For further information about Content Standards for Mathematics, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's Cirriculum Standards for Mathematics.

 

Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Content standards will vary based on the test(s) that the teacher chooses for the student(s) to take. For a full listing of the mathematics tests that are available for grades 5-8, please see the section for Steps/Activities by the Teacher.

For further information about Learning/Grade Level Expecations, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's Cirriculum Standards for Mathematics.

 

Performance Indicators State

Content standards will vary based on the test(s) that the teacher chooses for the student(s) to take. For a full listing of the mathematics tests that are available for grades 5-8, please see the section for Steps/Activities by the Teacher.

For further information about State Performance Indcators, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education's Cirriculum Standards for Mathematics.

 

Assessment

The Learning Express Library tests will automatically score all tests taken by users. Explanations for how to solve the problems are also provided. The teacher can monitor the students' scores.

 

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:

a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge

1.1 Skills
1.16 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
1.3 Responsibilities
1.3.5 Use information technology responsibly.
1.4 Self-Assessment Strategies
1.4.4 Seek appropriate help when needed.

2 Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

2.1 Skills
2.1.3 Use strategies to draw conclusions from information and apply knowledge to curricular areas, real-world situations, and further investigations.
2.2 Dispositions in Action
2.2.3 Employ a critical stance in drawing conclusions by demonstrating that the pattern of evidence leads to a decision or conclusion.

2.3 Responsibilities
2.3.1 Connect understanding to the real world.
2.4 Self-Assessment Strategies
2.4.2 Reflect on systematic process, and assess for completeness of investigation.
2.4.3 Recognize new knowledge and understanding.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

3.1 Skills
3.1.5 Connect learning to community issues.
3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.
3.3 Responsibilities
3.4 Self-Assessment Strategies
3.4.1 Assess the processes by which learning was acheived in order to revise strategies and learn more effectively in the future.