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.
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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.
Option 2: Data-driven instruction
1. Diagnose with CAMS Plus pretest
• Use the CAMS Plus pretest to place students in the STAMS Series. Results identify which STAMS Plus lessons and corresponding Solve practices students need.
2. Instruct with STAMS Plus lessons
• Pinpoint a specific lesson in the STAMS Plus student book to remediate an area that needs improvement.
3. Reinforce with Solve practices
• Assign the corresponding practice in the Solve student book to provide reinforcement for the STAMS Plus lesson you just taught. The practice has the same number and title as the lesson.
4. Monitor progress with CAMS Plus benchmarks
• Assess progress in all 16 fundamental topics with the four 16-question CAMS Plus benchmarks at four points during the year.
5. Assess mastery with CAMS Plus post test
• Use the CAMS Plus post test to assess students’ mastery of the 16 maths concepts and skills following instruction with STAMS Plus and practice with Solve.
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.
Using related STAMS Plus lessons to remediate
STAMS Plus lessons are sequenced within each year and from year to year, to make instruction easy at the appropriate level. For any particular topic, use the related STAMS Plus lessons feature in the teacher guide to find a lesson, from the same year level or from an earlier year, that meets the student’s needs.
1. Review within the year level (Books A-H): If a student isn’t succeeding with a lesson, your first resource is reviewing prerequisite skills in related lessons in the same book. In most cases these skills were taught in an earlier lesson. A careful review of part one and part two of related STAMS Plus lessons can help a student quickly get back on track.
2. Review at a lower year level (Books B-H): Sometimes lessons cover prerequisite skills from a previous year’s book. Again, a review of part one and part two of related STAMS Plus lessons can help a student quickly get back on track. A student who frequently needs to review material from a previous level may need consistent instruction at that level before that student can succeed in the core program at year level. Consider administering the CAMS Plus pretest from the previous level. These results will help you place the student more appropriately.