MathWise Percents: Skill Set Enrichment and Practice

MathWise Percents: Skill Set Enrichment and Practice

by Peter L. Wise


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Note that this is a student edition without answer key. The edition with answer key also includes copy privileges for one teacher's class(es)

• Fresh, out-of-the-box instruction style that is fun, wacky & effective

• Develops solid number sense

• Challenge problems throughout

• Great for summer bridge

Master the fundamentals of percents, grow in mathematical thinking skills, gain proficiency with number sense, and understand how and why math works the way it does. MathWise Percents will help teach and explain basic, as well as progressively advanced, percents 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.

Beginning with percent models, MathWise Percents teaches basic percent values, 10% and 1% decimal slides, converting percents to decimals and fractions, percents in terms of other percents, using 10% as a reference, and calculating rate of change. The book incorporates common, practical uses of percents: restaurant tips, discounts, and tax. Advanced percent topics include finding the percent and the whole, and solving for percents, using both the algebraic and proportion methods. A series of Concept Quizzes tests students’ knowledge of key ideas and procedures regarding percents. This book, with its emphasis on various ways of manipulating numbers, is especially helpful for building number sense.

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.

Step-By-Step Procedures

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. At your discretion, you can guide students through the more challenging problems (recommended) or, alternatively, you can have them skip these harder problems.

Logical-Sequential Instruction

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500826406
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)

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.

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