Great Graphs and Sensational Statistics: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun

Great Graphs and Sensational Statistics: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun

by Lynette Long
     
 

Don't Just Learn Great Graphs and Statistics... Master Them!

Brimming with fun and educational games and activities, the Magical Math series provides everything you need to know to become a master of mathematics! In each of these books, Lynette Long uses her own unique style to help you truly understand mathematical concepts as you use common objects such

Overview

Don't Just Learn Great Graphs and Statistics... Master Them!

Brimming with fun and educational games and activities, the Magical Math series provides everything you need to know to become a master of mathematics! In each of these books, Lynette Long uses her own unique style to help you truly understand mathematical concepts as you use common objects such as playing cards, dice, coins, and every mathematician's basic, essential tools: paper and pencil.

Inside Great Graphs and Sensational Statistics, you'll learn the basics of pictographs, bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, and map charts, and you'll see how they make information easy to understand. You'll jump into statistics, where you'll discover how to figure out the average test score on your spelling tests, how to tell the difference between percent and percentile, and how to rank order a group of numbers. You'll also practice your new math skills with such fun activities as Dangling Spoons, Weather Bingo, Tower Tallies, and Color Feud. Track the mail, test the memory of your friends, do a sleep study, and much more as you learn how graphs and statistics can reveal the world around you.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
After an introduction titled "The Magic of Graphs and Statistics" and a short explanation of pictographs, the first activity in this book involves television commercials. This is an interesting beginning to a book filled with ideas to show kids that math can be fun. Many of the suggestions for activities could stand alone as a way to start young students thinking about graphs and statistics in a new way. "Around the World" is a game that encourages kids to learn where many common items in their homes were made and teaches them how to make a world graph. "Weather Bingo" is a game teaching them to interpret weather maps. The activities are quite varied. Making a pie chart using deserts should be fun as kids figure out how many cookies each family member eats and following the stock market by trying to pick stocks and graph the results might prove a useful endeavor. There are many "brain stretcher" sidebars and all the games, charts and graphs can be played or done by youngsters using things from around the home or the classroom. Part of the "Magical Math" series. 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 7 to 9.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This volume includes specific directions and activities to construct pictographs, bar graphs, pie charts, and line graphs, and to compile statistics. Materials needed, step-by-step directions, and at least one illustration accompany each activity. The black-and-white drawings and graphs are appealing and easy to read. While these activities are solid, the focus here is on play, not on thinking about when to use certain types of graphs or what the gathered information indicates. Similarly, the computation of statistics is encouraged but there is little analysis of the results. This title can be a resource for teachers and parents of homeschoolers, but it needs a math-savvy facilitator to round out the learning.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471210603
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/11/2004
Series:
Magical Math Series , #9
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,071,481
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

LYNETTE LONG, PH.D., is the author of many children's math books, including Fabulous Fractions, Measurement Mania, and Painless Algebra. Also available in this series: Dazzling Division, Delightful Decimal and Perfect Percents, Fabulous Fractions, Groovy Geometry, Marvelous Multiplication, and Measurement Mania, all from Wiley.

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