Skittles® Riddles Math

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Using a blend of fun poetry, clearly written helping text, and riddles, this book takes the mystery out of math and makes solving word problems fun. After all, what is a word problem but a cleverly concealed riddle?

The book focuses on fractions, starting with basic fractions and then moving on to more advanced concepts such as equivalent fractions, reduced fractions, and addition with fractions. Readers learn to interpret pie-graph representations of fractions and also learn ...

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Overview

Using a blend of fun poetry, clearly written helping text, and riddles, this book takes the mystery out of math and makes solving word problems fun. After all, what is a word problem but a cleverly concealed riddle?

The book focuses on fractions, starting with basic fractions and then moving on to more advanced concepts such as equivalent fractions, reduced fractions, and addition with fractions. Readers learn to interpret pie-graph representations of fractions and also learn about negative numbers, number sentences, quantity comparisons, and the concept of infinity. A glossary of math terms and a brief review appear at the end of the book.

After many years as a nursery school teacher, Barbara Barbieri McGrath is now a free-lance writer and author. Barbara is the author of several books, including The M&Ms Brand Counting Book, More M&Ms Brand Math, and The Baseball Counting Book. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts.

Author Biography: Roger Glass has been a freelance artist for many years and lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, with his wife. He is the illustrator of More M&Ms Brand Math.

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Children's Literature
Hopefully you've had the opportunity to see the new food incentive books for preschoolers, such as the Cheerios and Raisin types. They are fun and can teach little ones some basic concepts. Now Skittles Candies offers a math concept book for slightly older readers, that incorporates number groups, basic math, simple algebra and fractions. It offers a different look at math and could prove useful to students in learning the basics. The book would be especially fun for the struggling student. Definitions of terms used, particularly in fractions, are visually presented in their simplest terms. Readers will learn more about numerators, pie graphs, positive numbers, reduced fractions and whole fractions. It's a small book and the price could make it affordable for students in a classroom situation. After a read-through, you'll be hungry for a package of Skittles Candies, so be prepared. 2000, Charlesbridge, $16.95 and $6.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Barbara Youngblood AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
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Gr 1-3-The book introduces such concepts as "greater than" and "less than," addition, subtraction, negative numbers, fractions, and pie graphs and illustrates each one with bright, shiny candies. Unlike McGrath's The Cheerios Counting Book (Scholastic, 1998) and the M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Book (Charlesbridge, 1994), Skittles goes beyond simple counting and reaches for the next step. Unfortunately, not all the arithmetic ideas can be laid out simply with sugar drops and rhyming text. For example, only a few superficial sentences are used to explain how to reduce fractions, and the use of negative numbers seems to be thrown in without reason. Weak math questions disguised as riddles are sprinkled throughout. Though this book tries to bring a fun approach to the subject, it cannot be used as a teaching tool and succeeds mostly as an advertising ploy for the popular treat.-Ilene Abramson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570914126
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 13.85 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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