Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss

Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss

by Danica McKellar


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The New York Times bestseller-from the "Dancing With The Stars" contestant and popular author of Math Doesn't Suck, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves-teaches girls how to kick pre-algebra butt

In her New York Times bestselling books, actress and math genius Danica McKellar shatters the "math nerd" stereotype and gives girls the tools to ace middle-school math in her unique, just- us-girls style. Now, in her second book, Kiss My Math, McKellar empowers a new crop of girls-seventh to ninth graders-to tackle the next level of mathematics: pre-algebra.

Stepping up not only the math but the sass and style, McKellar helps math-phobic teenagers moving up into high school chill out and finally "get" negative numbers, variables, absolute values, exponents, and more. As she did so effectively in Math Doesn't Suck, McKellar uses personality quizzes, reader polls, real-life testimonials, and stories from her own life-in addition to clear instruction, helpful tips, and practice problems-revealing why pre-algebra is easier, more relevant, and more glamorous than girls think. McKellar is clearly reaching her audience: parents, teachers, and especially girls are asking for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452295407
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 113,271
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Danica McKellar is a New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking math books including Kiss My Math, and is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in mathematics. She is also well known for her acting roles on The Wonder Years, The West Wing, and multiple Hallmark Channel movies, and as a quarterfinalist on Dancing with the Stars. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

What's Inside?

Acknowledgments x

Kiss My What? xv

Faqs: How to Use This Book xvii

Part 1 Number Stuff

Chapter 1 Breath Mint, Anyone? Adding and Subtracting Integers (Including Negative Numbers!) 1

Chapter 2 The Popular Crowd The Associative and Commutative Properties 20

Chapter 3 Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall ... Multiplying and Dividing Integers (Including Negative Numbers!) 39

Chapter 4 A Relaxing Day at the Spa Intro to Absolute Value 53

Chapter 5 Long-Distance Relationships: Are They Worth It? Mean, Median, Mode 62

You Said: Most Embarrassing Moments in School! 73

Poll: What Guys Really Think ... About Smart Girls No The Cover 75

Quiz: Are You a Stress Case? 77

Part 2 Variable Stuff

Chapter 6 The Blind Date Getting Cozy with Variables 83

Chapter 7 Backpack Too Heavy? Adding and Subtracting with Variables 99

Chapter 8 Something Just Went "Squish" Multiplying and Dividing with Variables 107

Chapter 9 Do You Like Him Like Him? Combining Like Terms 121

Chapter 10 The Costume Party The Distributive Property 130

Chapter 11 Didn't That Guy Say He Was Going to Call? Using Variables to Translate Word Problems 145

More Than 20 Ways to Beat Stress! On The Cover 159

Math ... In Jobs You Might Never Expect! 161

Part 3 Solving For X

Chapter 12 The Art of Gift Wrapping Solving Equations 166

Chapter 13 Nope, She Never Gets Off the Phone Word Problems and Variable Substitution 192

Chapter 14 Can a Guy Be Too Cute? Intro to Solving and Graphing Inequalities 210

You Said: Your Horror Stories About Procrastination! 226

Poll: What Guys Really Think ... About Talented Girls 229

Quiz: Do You Pick Truly Supportive Friends?On The Cover 231

Part 4 All About Exponents

Chapter 15 Champagne and Caviar Intro to Exponents 237

Chapter 16 Excuse Me, Have We Met Before? Intro to Variables with Exponents 254

You Said: Well ... That Didn't Work! 261

Do You Sudoku? 264

Part 5 Intro to Functions and Graphing Lines

Chapter 17 Secret Sausages Intro to Functions 265

Chapter 18 Creative Uses for Bubblegum Intro to Graphing Points and Lines 279

A Final Word 303

Math Test Survival Guide! 305

Appendix 312

Answer Key 318

Index 327

About the Author 332

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Kiss My Math 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This woman her books were long overdue, but I am thrilled that they are here! I am 28 years old and never learned math past the 2nd grade level. My mental block with math is so unparalelled that my high school math teacher realized that I literally had a nervous breakdown at my desk before each exam and quiz. It would take me four hours just to do my math homework - all the other subjects, including science were a breeze for me. Even in college I only took one math class and got an F because I just couldn't grasp it and the professors could care less about those who didn't understand. I purchased Kiss My Math this past Friday, and, for the first time, I get integers!! I can't tell you all how amazing this book is don't just buy it for your students or children - get it for yourself too if you connect with my story. It's never too late to learn math!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I already have a PhD from MIT, so I'm reading this book just for fun. I was happily surprised by the size of the book (over 300 pages), and that's a good thing: Danica's tutorial tone is always a pleasure, and you can start on any chapter where you need help, so the large amount of material is readily accessible. The visual style of the book matches her tutorial tone: It all looks like something you can do yourself, yet the substance of the math are never obscured by her sense of fun and the changes in fonts and text formats on the pages. Plus this book satisfies a pet criterion of mine: The book still packs enough substance per page to let my mind stride through the material without getting bogged down by fluff. I mean, some attempts to popularize math or science are so full of entertainment they make it extra work to strip off the fluff to get to the material. This book is an example of how to do it right: All the fun is here to help you learn and remember by engaging and connecting different parts of your mind. I don't care how many astronauts this book creates, I'll be delighted if this book gets us more smart and confident women who can 'see' in a level-headed way what is going on in their lives. I bet this book can do that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an adult who has struggled with basic math concepts, I found the book easy read, informative and fun. I will definitely use the strategies and recommend the books to all the students I tutor. Great for teenagers and adults who want to help their own children grasp math!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Danica McKellar is every parent of a middle-schoolers dream. She makes math glamourous. Her first book 'Math Doesn't Suck...' showed that McKellar had a knack for easy explanations of complex problems in mathematics. In this book she continues that talent with explanations of pre-algebra. As a college professor, I hope that other educators see the value of 'Selling' the student on how 'fantastic' their subjects are through methods such as Ms. McKellar uses. The book is easy to read and the examples are fantastic for teen girls...Now if only someone would write a book like this for boys!
Kit_Kat12 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Ms. McKellar,the sequel to Math Doesn't Suck, and we recommend them both highly. It is not necessary to read the book from cover to cover. Anytime your child is having trouble understanding an assignment she/he can refer to the pertinent chapter. Ms. McKellar explains the concept in language that is easy to understand and in terms that kids are more likely to remember.
pinktulipchild More than 1 year ago
Having trouble in math this is the perfect book to get you over the anxiety. It's catchy and works well with beginning Algebra.
diznee25 More than 1 year ago
I'm 32 years old and have been out of high school for 14 years now, and decided to take the plunge and get that long overdue college degree! Obviously my brain is very rusty, and Pre-Algebra and Algebra were difficult classes when I was a teenager. So I bought this book to relearn the topic and better prepare myself for college. As the younger crowd would say, "OMG!" Danica McKellar has this easy writing style that makes it feel she's standing right there teaching you! She takes each topic and breaks it down in easy to understand terms. All of the examples and graphics are icing on the cake! She teaches this topic better than my teachers ever did. (And that's sad considering my teachers were there in person.) Being female, I can definitely appreciate the "girl" talk in the book, though it is aimed at teenage girls. However, that stuff is only a few pages here or there, and very easy to skip over if you have no interest in reading it. So to all women young and old, I recommend this book for your math needs!! I plan on getting Hot X: Algebra Exposed, after I'm done with Kiss My Math. I'm sure Danica's 'Hot X' book won't disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter, who will be a Sophomore in the fall, just failed 9th grade Algebra1, even after meeting with her math teacher twice a week before class!!!! I had bought one of the "for dummies" Algebra workbooks and saw this one and Math Doesn't Suck. As I was reading it to see if it would be any good, I didn't want to put it down in the store. I have struggled with math my whole life, and my husband too and we all are going through these books!!! These are the first math books we actually want to read !!! I can't wait to see my daughter's improvement. Note to teachers out there: Please explain problems in layman's terms, not the brainiac technical terms. You are not getting through to more kids than you know, I'm sure...not to mention, when you bore them, you lose their attention straight off !!! Remember the show, "Frasier"? Seriously how many adults, no less kids could relate to being taught that way???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was searching for a book to help me with my college math course when I ran across Kiss My Math. The cover itself sells the book giving you the insight on what you will be reading about inside. The title says it all because after reading this book, you'll have that superiority complex over math. The step by step guidance you receive makes you feel that you can surmount any math phobia that you may have. For those who only need a little math pick me up, Kiss My Math will strenghten your knowledge. A co-worker said that her daughter was having problems with her math, so I showed her the book and she loved it, saying that she was going to buy it the same day. So if you're looking fo a math book to perk up those math skills, Kiss My Math is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "sequel" to Math Doesn't Suck is great. The style is perfectly readable, with straightforward explanations, relevant examples, and "friendly" text (it feels as if the author is writing to a friend). I have found both books very helpful when relearning/reviewing a topic for tutoring at the Middle School level. I wish they had been around when my kids were that age (or when I was that age).
Schwartz5 More than 1 year ago
Kiss My Math is a very well written book that makes math concepts understandable to the middle school student and anybody older than that (and perhaps slightly younger as well). Although the writing is targeted at females, the analogies are accessible regardless of gender. I recommend this book particularly for math teachers looking for new ways to teach concepts (specifically middle school, freshman and remedial concepts), parents seeking to brush up on the things their children are learning or will learn soon, students going through middle school math, and anybody else who wants to learn/relearn middle school math concepts via a highly readable book.
LibraryFiend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mint-egers. Negative numbers compared to nasty-flavoured jelly beans. How pandas can help you remember the order of operations.This is not an academic study of math anxiety, or a pedagogical text giving lengthy theoretical descriptions; this is an actual review book. Contains exercises and techniques that can help a student sharpen their math skills, and a teacher/tutor sharpen their teaching skills! Too bad about the relentless heterosexism, but if you can get past that, the book contains lots of concrete ideas that actually work.
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