Math Stories for Problem Solving Success: Ready-to-Use Activities Based on Real-Life Situations, Grades 6-12

Overview

This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book Math Stories for Problem Solving Success offers updated true-to-life situations designed to motivate teenagers to use math skills for solving everyday problems. The book features intriguing short stories followed by sets of problems related to the stories that are correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Each of the easy-to-read stories is followed by three increasingly ...

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Overview

This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book Math Stories for Problem Solving Success offers updated true-to-life situations designed to motivate teenagers to use math skills for solving everyday problems. The book features intriguing short stories followed by sets of problems related to the stories that are correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Each of the easy-to-read stories is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problem sets. This makes it simple for teachers to select the appropriate problem set for students of different abilities and at different grade levels. To further enhance student involvement, the stories feature recurring characters and can be used either sequentially or out of order. The problems in the book cover many basic math topics, including decimals, fractions, and percents; measurement; geometry; data, statistics, and probability; algebra; and problem solving.

In addition to having all the answers, an Answer Key at the end of the book offers explanations and background information about the problems that can be helpful to both teachers and students.

Math Stories for Problem Solving Success will help you show students that math is something they are already using every day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787996307
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Teacher Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,009,976
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Overholt, Ed.D., has over 30 years of teachingexperience and is currently Professor of Education at CaliforniaState University, Chico, where he specializes in mathematicseducation for both practicing and prospective teachers.

Nancy H. Aaberg, M.Ed., also with over 30 years of experience asa public school educator, is now the Superintendent of Schools forthe Yuba City Unified School District in Yuba City, California.

James F. Lindsey, Ed.D., taught in the upper grades ofelementary school; high school music, social studies, andmathematics; and was a principal. In addition, he served asProfessor of Education for 21 years at California State University,Chico, at which he is now Professor Emeritus.

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Table of Contents

About This Resource.

Teaching Problem Solving Strategies.

A Sample Problem.

Notes for the Teacher.

Introductory Story: Time to Go.

NCTM Standards Emphases Matrix.

1. Which Way for Jake?

2. The Caper.

3. A Sigh of Relief.

4. Future Forecast.

5. Harper’s Surprise.

6. Our Daily Bread.

7. Sweet Spending.

8. The County Fair.

9. Square Cents.

10. Halloween.

11. Amazing Measurements.

Algebra.

Measurement.

Geometry.

Number & Operations: Decimals.

Number & Operations: Fractions & Ratios.

Number & Operations: Percents.

Number & Operations: Reasonable Estimates.

Data, Statistics & Probability.

Problem Solving.

Research and Projects.

Story Page.

12. The Metric Airplane Contest.

13. Take Me to Your Liter.

14. Give a Gra.

15. Measurement Madness.

16. The Invitation.

17. On to D.C.

18. The Job Crisis.

19. Tickets.

20. Baseball—Go Figure.

21. It’s Simply Interest.

22. An Interesting Loan.

23. Homecoming.

24. Train Logic.

25. Pendulum Project.

26. Take a Chance.

27. 831 Monroe Street.

28. The Pattern Game.

29. Unlucky Friday.

30. Lucky Seven.

31. Busing for Bucks.

32. Far Out Funds.

33. Maggie’s Secret.

34. The Frantic Drive.

35. Tessa’s Grounding.

36. Geometry in the Park.

37. String Triangles.

Algebra.

Measurement.

Geometry.

Number & Operations: Decimals.

Number & Operations: Fractions & Ratios.

Number & Operations: Percents.

Number & Operations: Reasonable Estimates.

Data, Statistics & Probability.

Problem Solving.

Research and Projects.

Story Page.

38. Stop on By with Algebra.

39. Geometry Project.

40. A Patch for Experiments.

41. What Is the Average?

42. The Challenge.

43. It’s All in the Planning.

44. The Pro Game.

45. Table for Eight?

46. Jake’s Surprise.

47. Model Dog Houses.

48. A Day at Clear Lake.

49. Survey.

50. Summer Plans.

51. The Dinosaurs Rock.

52. Loop or Line?

53. Oregon or Bust!

Answer Key with Explanations.

Selected Bibliography.

Algebra.

Measurement.

Geometry.

Number & Operations: Decimals.

Number & Operations: Fractions & Ratios.

Number & Operations: Percents.

Number & Operations: Reasonable Estimates.

Data, Statistics & Probability.

Problem Solving.

Research and Projects.

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