Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotPart of the “Score with Sports Math” series, this book, aimed at early elementary, is a mixed bag. This title provides the history of track and field events, as well as famous athletes, and the major eventThe Olympics. It is supported with plenty of full-color, action photographs that should appeal to anyone interested in these sports. The math problems are both simple and complex, but what is not clear is if this is part of a lager framework for teaching addition, subtraction, fractions, how to derive percentages, geometry, etc., or a book to be used to reinforce classroom lessons. I do not see it as a way to really teach math. It could be useful only after basic math concepts have been learned more than for teaching math. The problems are presented as questions and the answers explain how to derive the answer. Anyone interested in trivia about the sports will find plenty here, such as the 1912 Olympic Decathlon, world records held and broken, and much more. The text closes with some tips for solving problems, a list of three math books, a couple of web site references and an index. While much is included about this sport, the math lesson is not useful except for helping kids realize how much math is involved in sports. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot; Ages 8 to 11.
School Library Journal11/01/2013
Gr 3–5—Athletics-themed series are typically popular, but this one may struggle to find a following since question-and-answer exercises are its focus. The writing, although clear and full of accurate facts about the subjects, is not engaging. The visuals consist of mostly action shots of the sports; they're attractive, but some are small. Each book begins with an introduction followed by chapters that mix facts and statistics about the subject with math questions and answers. The last chapter describes a game, meet, or race, and tries to build excitement with close outcomes. For example, in Basketball, there's just three seconds left in a game and the score is 69-68; players James and Dylan both jump for the ball. "The final buzzer sounds, and the crowd roars!" Readers do not need to work the problems out since the answers immediately follows the questions, but the explanations are solid and could be helpful to struggling mathematicians who are interested in the featured sports.
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