Rescue your child from math phobia-by playing games!
You'll love these math games because they give your child a sturdy foundation for understanding multiplication and fractions.
Help your child master the times tables and build mental math skills. Play with advanced concepts such as division, fractions, decimals, and multi-step calculations.
Multiplication & Fractions features 25 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for upper-elementary and middle school students. Chapters include:
- Mathematical Models: Learn to picture multiplication and fractions in a way that supports your child's comprehension.
- Conquer the Times Tables: Enjoy practicing the math facts until correct answers become automatic.
- Mixed Operations: Give mental muscles a workout with games that require number skills and logical thinking.
- Fractions and Decimals: Master equivalent fractions, work with decimal place value, and multiply fractions and decimal numbers.
Math games prevent math anxiety. Games pump up your child's mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and generate a positive attitude toward mathematics.
Parents can use these games to enjoy quality time with your children. Classroom teachers like them as warm-ups and learning center activities or for a relaxing review day at the end of a term. If you are a tutor or homeschooler, make games a regular feature in your lesson plans to build your students' math skills.
So what are you waiting for? Clear off a table, grab a deck of cards, and let's play some math!
|Publisher:||Tabletop Academy Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
As author of the popular Let's Play Math blog, Denise helps parents and teachers open their students' eyes to the variety and richness of mathematics. Her articles and books explore the adventure of learning math as a playful mental game.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When you were in school, did you have a problem learning the multiplication tables and studying fraction? These are two areas which are among the first major stumbling points for students in their math studies. Multiplication and Fractions is the third book in Denise Gaskins’s series “Math You Can Play.” Book one is Counting and Number Bonds: Math Games for Early Learners, Grades PK-2, and book two is Addition and Subtraction: Math Games for Elementary Students, Grades K-4. In each of these, Sections I and III, which consist of setup information and math teaching tips, are each repeated to make sure the books can stand on their own. Section II, after providing instructions on making multiplication and fraction playing cards, contains 25 math games divided up into four main divisions, with five to eight games each using simple household items such as playing cards, dominoes or dice, as well as several game boards available for free online. Some of them are based on well-known old games such as Fish, Concentration, War, Rummy, Tic-Tac-Toe, Twenty-Four, and Pickle. Others are newer ones developed by math teachers. Gaskins quotes Sue VanHattum who wrote, “Most people like games, so that’s an easy place to begin. At first the games can be the sweetness that helps the math medicine go down. Over time perhaps you can find the sweetness in the math itself—in a problem that inspires you to work and struggle until you finally get it, just for your own satisfaction.” Playing math games helps students not only to see mathematical exploration as fun and joyful, but also to gain a more thorough understanding of number concepts instead of having merely a collection of apparently unconnected facts that if they are lucky they can recall when needed. The emphasis is on using games for conceptual understanding, learning different mathematical models, flexibility in working with numbers, logic, problem solving, and generally the importance of mental math. The author also quotes Ruth Beechick who said, “If you stay with meaningful mental arithmetic longer, you will find that your child, if she is average, can do problems much more advanced than the level listed for her grade. You will find that she likes arithmetic more. And when she gets to abstractions, she will understand them better.” Get ready—get set—let’s play math!