Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Math

Janice VanCleave's Teaching the Fun of Math

by Janice VanCleave
     
 

Written for teachers of math in grades 3 through 8, this invaluable classroom companion presents a wealth of teaching techniques that make math come alive for kids. The book adheres to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and covers a wide range of math topics-numbers and operations, algebra, measurements, geometry, data analysis, and

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Written for teachers of math in grades 3 through 8, this invaluable classroom companion presents a wealth of teaching techniques that make math come alive for kids. The book adheres to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and covers a wide range of math topics-numbers and operations, algebra, measurements, geometry, data analysis, and probability. From defining fractions and decimals to calculating means and medians, it's just what teachers need to make math fun, show how it applies in the real world, and improve kids' test scores.

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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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