# How it Works

## How it Works:

CAMS Plus, STAMS Plus & Solve is a comprehensive year-long program. CAMS is the assessment portion, STAMS is the instruction and Solve is extra practice. STAMS and Solve teacher guides provide links to interactive whiteboard lessons that accompany each lesson. CAMS Plus student assessment results can be entered on forms provided in teacher guides or in the CAMS & STAMS Online: Assessment & Reports software.

**STEP 1: **The first step to using the program is to determine **which level your students are on**. You can do this by having them do a test from the Placement Booklet which you can download and print out. Levels correlate to year levels (A=Year 1–2, B=Year 2–3 and so on.)

**To Use the Placement Book:** Choose the level you think appropriate for the year level of the student and have him/her take that test. If the student gets between 8–13 correct, they are on the right level. If they score less than 8 correct, have them take the placement test for the level below and so on until they get between 8–13 correct. If they get 14 or more correct have them do the placement test for the level above until they get between 8–13 correct.

A note on placement: Once you have placed a student in their designated CAMS Plus level, they should remain on that level for the whole year. If you wish to provide additional practice for a particular lesson, assign the corresponding Solve level. However if the student is really struggling and it becomes clear after the CAMS pretest that they are on the wrong level, move them back and keep them there for the rest of the year.

Once you know what level your students are on, purchase each one a CAMS Plus student book and a STAMS Plus student book for their correct level. You should have a CAMS Plus Teacher Guide and STAMS Plus Teacher Guide for each level of student you have.

**STEP 2:** Next, have your students complete the CAMS Plus pretest which tell you which concepts your students are struggling on and which ones they are doing well on. The CAMS Plus pretest consists of 16 pages of test items, with one page of five problems for each STAMS Plus lesson. Each lesson takes about 10-15 minutes so students should complete 3 lessons per day – completing the pretest in 5 days.

Visit our CAMS Samples page to view sample pages for CAMS Plus Student Books and Teacher Guides.

**STEP 3:** Next, begin instruction with the STAMS books. See our STAMS page for more information on STAMS lessons. After every four lessons in the STAMS Student Book, administer a benchmark test (in the CAMS Student book) to see how your students are progressing. View the Pacing Chart for Book C to see a suggested way to lay out your STAMS lessons. Visit our downloads page to view STARS Plus Student Book and Teacher Guide sample pages

**STEP 4: **At the completion of the STAMS instruction, administer the post-test assessment in the CAMS Book (Same format as the prestest) to see how your students have progressed!

### Extra Help, More Practice

If you students are excelling, as per the program they do not move up a level. Give them Solve lessons to extend their learning. If you are still looking for more practice, you can use Extensions in Mathematics for more practice and to better develop their depth of understanding. If your students are struggling on a concept, they can work through Focus on Mathematics, an entire book (one for each level) dedicated to practising that one concept.

### Associated Products

Love CAMS & STAMS Plus and want even more to resources to build your student's reading comprehension? See CAMS & STAMS reading equivalent CARS & STARS Plus.

## Comprehensive Instruction

### Option 1: Comprehensive Instruction

For implementation of *CAMS Plus* and all 16 *STAMS Plus* lessons and the corresponding *Solve*® practices, follow this suggested pacing chart. Allocate 21 weeks, with each *STAMS* and the related *Solve* practice being completed simultaneously. Below is a suggested pacing chart for level C.

## Differentiating instruction with *STAMS Plus*

*STAMS Plus* lessons support several approaches to differentiated instruction. Work with small groups or individuals as needed by taking advantage of these lesson features.

**1. For English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students**: For any students who struggle with the language of maths, preview maths vocabulary. Throughout the instruction, refer to EAL/D Support tips that alert you to potential language obstacles. Use the Vocabulary Activity to help students tie new maths terms to words they already understand.

**2. For struggling students**: Use the Hands-on Activity, Reteaching Activity and Real-World Connection to give students other ways to access the skill. Review concepts visually with IWB lessons.

**3. For confident students**: Provide students an opportunity to extend their understanding of the concepts in the lesson with the Challenge Activity.