Author(s): David Greenwood & Sarah Woolley
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This second edition of Essential Mathematics for the Australian Curriculum has been developed into a complete resources pack comprising a revised and updated print textbook, a new interactive textbook with a host of cutting-edge features, and an online teaching suite. The successful elements of the first edition have been retained and improved upon. These include: logical sequencing of chapters and development of topics; careful structuring of exercises according to the four Australian Curriculum proficiency strands plus Enrichment; graduated difficulty of exercise questions within the overall exercise and within proficiency groups; Let's Start and Key Ideas to help introduce concepts and key skills. Additions and revisions to the text include: New topics reflecting updates to the Australian Curriculum and state syllabuses; Revision and extension topics are marked as 'Consolidating' or 'Extending' to help customise the course to each classroom's needs; The working programs have been subtly embedded in each exercise to differentiate three student pathways: Foundation, Standard and Advanced; A 'Progress quiz' has been added about two-thirds of the way into each chapter, allowing students to check and consolidate their learning - in time to address misunderstandings or weaknesses prior to completing the chapter; Pre-tests have been revised and moved to the interactive textbook. Features of the all-new interactive textbook: Seamlessly blended with Cambridge HOTmaths, allowing enhanced learning opportunities in blended; classrooms, revision of previous years' work, and access to Scorcher Every worked example in the book is linked to a high-quality video demonstration, supporting both in class learning and the 'flipped classroom'; A searchable dictionary of mathematical terms and pop-up definitions in the text; Hundreds of interactive widgets, walkthroughs and games; Automatically-marked quizzes and assessment tests, with saved scores; Printable worksheets (HOTsheets) suitable for homework or class group work. Features of the Online Teaching Suite, also powered by Cambridge HOTmaths: A test generator, with ready-made tests; Printable worked solutions for all questions; A powerful learning management system with task-setting, progress-tracking and reporting functions. The chart on the next pages shows how the components of this resource are integrated. The working programs that were previously available in separate supporting documents have been updated, refined and embedded in the exercises for this second edition of Essential Mathematics for the Australian Curriculum. The suggested working programs provide three pathways through the course to allow differentiation for Foundation, Standard and Advanced students. As with the first edition, each exercise is structured in subsections that match the four Australian Curriculum proficiency strands (Understanding, Fluency, Problem-solving and Reasoning) as well as Enrichment (Challenge). The questions suggested for each pathway are listed in three columns at the top of each subsection: The left column (lightest shaded colour) is the Foundation pathway; The middle column (medium shaded colour) is the Standard pathway; The right column (darkest shaded colour) is the Advanced pathway.