If You Were a Times Sign

If You Were a Times Sign

by Trisha Speed Shaskan, Sarah Dillard
     
 

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If you were a times sign, you would multiply things. You could make more tricycle tires, alien eyes, or bunches of balloons. What else could you do if you were a times sign?See more details below

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If you were a times sign, you would multiply things. You could make more tricycle tires, alien eyes, or bunches of balloons. What else could you do if you were a times sign?

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Children's Literature - Jane Singleton Paul
Of all the books I have read in the "Math Fun" series, If You Were A Times Sign, along with If You Were A Divided-By Sign, are the ones I liked the least. The symbol used to show multiplication is called a multiplication sign. Why not call the operation symbol by its proper name? I have never understood why we must come up with terms other than the ones that will last children a lifetime, as they go from primary school to high school and on to college and life. It is not any more difficult for a six or seven year old to learn the term "multiplication sign" than it is to learn "times sign." Some elementary educators, when teaching youngsters the parts of a sentence, insist on calling the subject "the naming part" and the predicate "the telling part," a practice I find silly, unnecessary, and just plain confusing. To her credit, the author does call the result of a multiplication operation by its name: a product. But when the reader encounters the term "divided-by sign," the confusion continues as division is addressed. Introducing primary math concepts in an engaging manner with clever illustrations is a worthy endeavor; however, it seems counterproductive to water it down with weak terms. The title of this otherwise pleasant book should have been If You Were A Multiplication Sign. The illustrations are colorful and playful, but the text skips through and skims over multiplication references without giving enough thought to the fact that multiplication is a lifelong skill. I liked the multiplication table and the challenge problem using pennies towards the end. Terms such as digit, division, multiplication, product, and symbol are defined, as are "times sign" and"divided-by sign." Finally, on the last page, one finds a glossary, an index, a list of related books and websites, and a list of all the books in the "Math Fun" series. Reviewer: Jane Singleton Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404852112
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
Math Fun Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
639,235
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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