Multiplication & Fractions: Math Games for Tough Topics

Multiplication & Fractions: Math Games for Tough Topics

by Denise Gaskins


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ISBN-13: 9781892083234
Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Denise Gaskins is a veteran homeschooling mother of five who has taught or tutored at every level from preschool to undergraduate physics. She loves math, and she delights in sharing that love with young people. "Math is not just rules and rote memory," Denise says. "Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine. And if all you ever do is textbook math, that's like eating broccoli-flavored ice cream!"

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.

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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!