Skill Set Instruction, Practice and Enrichment
• Fresh, out-of-the-box instruction style that is fun, wacky & effective
• Focuses on single skill sets
• Develops solid number sense
• Challenge problems throughout
• Great for summer bridge
Master the fundamentals of fractions, grow in mathematical thinking skills, gain proficiency with number sense, and understand how and why math works the way it does. MathWise Fractions, Books 1 and 2 will help teach and explain basic, as well as progressively advanced, fraction skills. The fun, comic-style format appeals to a wide range of students. Speech bubbles are used throughout to give hints and explanations while students are solving math problems.
Fractions, Book 2 continues where Book 1 left off and includes material on least common multiple, fraction addition/subtraction, canceling common factors, fraction division, multiplying/dividing mixed numbers, converting fractions to decimals, comparing fractions, fraction regrouping, and fraction estimation. Additional advanced fraction enrichment material is presented: complex fractions, fraction division challenge problems, and shortcuts for comparing special fractions.
This series of books is designed to be unique and to catch kids’ attention in special ways:
Tips and Tricks
Students have found tips and tricks to be not only helpful and memorable, but also interesting and motivating.
Speech Bubbles with Teacher Insights
Speech bubbles are used to provide guidance, point out insights, or give helpful hints as students are solving math problems. Students learn best by doing, and the instruction given in the speech bubbles is designed to (1) sharpen students’ powers of observation, (2) increase number sense, and (3) instruct in digestible chunks.
Simplicity of Instruction
Concepts are explained clearly and simply. Every page (excluding review pages or quizzes) has a specific focus. Most pages have generous amounts of white space to keep students focused. Movement is from the simple to the increasingly complex.
Students learn best when given explicit, step-by-step instruction. When several steps are involved, they are numbered. This makes learning much more logical and memorable.
Depth and Complexity
Throughout the book there are challenge problems to stretch students’ thinking.
Math problems are presented in a logical sequence, so that previous problems contribute to students’ abilities to solve future problems. The order in which math problems are presented plays an important role in promoting number sense.
Answer Key is available separately.
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About the Author
Peter Wise, a veteran teacher of over 30 years, has developed innovative and strategic methods for teaching math and motivating students. He has coached math teams and taught hundreds of students in before- and after-school math clubs. The students he teaches typically make 2-3 years' growth in math in one year. His teaching techniques have been featured in newspaper reports and recognized on tv. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and was nominated for Teacher of the Year in California and Colorado.
His own two children (who helped him with the MathWise books) competed successfully in state and national math competitions.
A resident of Colorado, he also enjoys music, chess, and hiking.