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Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Math

Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Math

by Janice VanCleave
     
 

Make Learning Math Fun With This Hands-on Resource from Everyone's Favorite math and Science Teacher!

Now you can help students develop their math skills while fostering a long-term love for mathematical exploration. In Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Math, the award-winning teacher and popular children's author gives you a wealth of teaching techniques

Overview

Make Learning Math Fun With This Hands-on Resource from Everyone's Favorite math and Science Teacher!

Now you can help students develop their math skills while fostering a long-term love for mathematical exploration. In Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Math, the award-winning teacher and popular children's author gives you a wealth of teaching techniques for elementary and middle school math lessons that make learning fun.

By engaging students in these hands-on mathematical activities and investigations, you'll help them understand basic concepts, apply their mathematical thinking skills, and become independent math investigators. Covering a wide range of math topics—from numbers and operations, algebra, and measurements to geometry, data analysis, and probability—this invaluable classroom companion also:

• Features teaching tips and key terms for each ready-to-use, reproducible activity

• Adheres to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

• Makes it easy to adapt activities and investigations to different grade levels

• Provides advice on preparing materials and presenting each topic, as well as suggestions for challenging extensions

• Explains how the math problems apply in the real world

As with all of Janice VanCleave's books, the format is easy to follow and the required materials are inexpensive and easy to find. With Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fund of Math you can inspire, challenge, and help your students improve their test scores—and develop a lifelong interest in math!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What an undertaking. The former science and math teacher provides teachers of math, grades 3 through 8, with explanations and activities that adhere to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. These fun activities can supplement core classroom teaching. Teaching tips provide detailed, mostly-clear guidance on how to present new terms, plus answers to student activity problems. Student activities include definitions, practice problems with explanations and answers, and finally the "On Your Own" problems. There are also more scientific investigations where step-by step guidance allows students to solve problems and think about the reasons for the results. For example, in the numbers and operations section, activities demonstrate addition and subtraction on a number line, while multiplication activities include the coloring of squares on a grid. For division, students can investigate different ways of dividing the same paper into L-shaped boxes, one with a remainder and one without. The other main topics are algebra, measurement, geometry, and data analysis and probability. Materials required for all these activities are easily obtained: paper, pencils, crayons, rulers, beans, peanuts, etc. There are 34 chapters with more than 80 activities, plus a glossary and an index, which makes the book a worthwhile investment. The illustrations add to the fun of the book. There are so-called "extensions" provided to suggest more advanced investigations. Yet the book seems to be aimed at below grade 8. It is, nevertheless, quite an achievement to present seemingly complex topics like data analysis and probability to the middle grades. 2005, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 8 up.
—CarolRaker Collins, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471331049
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/25/2005
Edition description:
Grades 3-8
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE is a former science and math teacher who now spends her time writing and giving educational workshops. She is the author of more than forty children’s science and math books that have sold over two million copies and a resident science fair authority on discovery.com.

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