How to use Interact
Demonstration Unit
Illustrating slides are from:
Math Quest
Grades 4–9
Prioritize your teaching goals. Are they:
to reinforce recent general topic knowledge?
to authentically assess student understanding of
the overall or of a specific topic?
to teach a general topic?
to teach a specific sub-topic?
Read the Overview to match your teaching
goals with each segment’s:
student work
extension activities
Decide if you will include:
the entire six week unit
competitive team elements
the grade-level, above or
below grade level options
Check the detailed
unit time chart to
calculate class time
needed for your goals.
Adapt the suggested
schedule to your
Planning: Set Up
Use the Set Up Directions to:
• learn effective student grouping
• plan ahead for differentiation
• assign student roles
Planning: Set Up
Use the Set Up Directions to prepare:
• student handouts
• student folders/portfolios
• materials needed
Teaching: Daily Directions
Each day details:
• handouts
and materials
• step-by-step
Teaching: Daily Directions
Teaching Tips in
the margins of the
teacher’s guide
provide handy
Teaching: Daily Directions
Math Quest provides
tiered, scripted lessons
for six problem solving
strategies. Each can
be used alone or
in sequence.
Teaching: Daily Directions
Optional and Enrichment Activities for
differentiation are provided each day to:
add to the daily directions
modify the daily directions
replace the daily directions
Teaching and Assessment
Guiding rubrics
should be given to the
students at the start of
a task and discussed
within groups.
Teaching: Math Quest
As student groups
purchase supplies, they
gain experience in
planning, record keeping
and basic math.
Students immediately
take ownership of their
learning experience!
Teaching: Math Quest
Fate cards drawn
each day add chance
and excitement.
is just like life,
adding authenticity.
Teams may gain, lose, stay the same or have
humor added to their quest.
Assessment: Rubrics
Rubrics take the guess
work out of authentic
assessment for
teachers and students.
Assessment: Formative
Formative assessments
can be quickly given
using additional
questions (and answer
keys) provided.
Assessment: Authentic
Multiple intelligences
and student interests
are addressed with
problem creation
Assessment: Traditional
Traditional tests
demonstrate student
learning and provide
experience for
standardized tests.
Assessment: Culminating
Wrap up the unit with a special activity—an
awards ceremony for winning teams or a
competition with a neighboring classroom—to
give a sense of accomplishment and mastery,
and keep the fun in learning.
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