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EdOptions, Inc.’s Orchard Now Releases Math Concepts for Grades 4-6 Instruction

Posted Aug 22, 2011
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EdOptions elementary division product Orchard Now has released new Math Concepts instructional activities for grades 4-6. The new Math Concepts activities provide practice with number sense; basic operations and order of operations; geometry and spatial sense; graphing and managing data; probability; measurement; algebra, patterning, and logic; and fraction concepts. This is the third product release from Orchard Now this year.

Developed by the publisher of Orchard Software, PracticePlanet, and Stars Suite, Orchard Now offers a customized learning environment with activities, practice, and assessment for schools to address the needs of all students, according to the announcement. Students are placed into individualized, state standards-aligned learning paths based on assessment results. Orchard Now automates data collection, analysis, and reporting for easy progress monitoring.

Math Concepts instructional activities cover the important computational and conceptual elements stressed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Through various techniques, students are taught how to apply reasoning skills and mathematical thinking in meaningful contexts. Orchard Now is also a tool for whole class instruction using whiteboard technology.

Teachers begin by assigning students a pretest correlated to state standards. Upon completion of the pretest, students receive their scores and are immediately placed on a custom learning path, which is aligned to skill areas in need of reinforcement. A posttest shows specific progress on all skills assessed on state tests.

Source: Educational Options, Inc.,

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