“Perfect for parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning—and why they are being taught that way.” —Keith Devlin, award-winning Stanford University mathematician
“Can you help me with my math homework?” If this question fills you with fear (or even panic), then Old Dogs, New Math is here to help!
Gone are the days when elementary school students simply memorized their times tables and struggled through long division. Today, students are expected not just to find the right answer, but also to use the best method—and to explain why it works.
If your attempts to help your child are met with “That’s not how the teacher does it,” then it’s time to take the stress out of math homework. Old Dogs, New Math demystifies Common Core math for parents, including:
- Number lines, place value and negative numbers
- Long multiplication and division
- Fractions, percentages and decimals
- Shapes, symmetry and angles
- Data analysis, probability and chance
Complete with sample questions, examples of children’s errors, and over 25 games and activities, Old Dogs, New Math will not only help you and your child subtract on a number line or multiply on a grid—but also help you discover math all around you, and have fun doing it!
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About the Author
Rob Eastaway has authored and coauthored several best-selling books that connect math with everyday life, including Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and How Many Socks Make a Pair?
Mike Askew, a Professor of Math Education at King’s College London, taught in elementary schools for several years, and now works in teacher education.
Table of Contents
The Big Questions 5
Math Props for Moms and Dads 18
Math Language 22
A Year-by-Year Summary 23
Arithmetic-And How it Has Changed
Numbers and Place Value 35
Addition and Subtraction: Mental Methods 61
Addition and Subtraction: Paper-and-Pencil Methods 85
Simple Multiplication and Tables 97
Multiplication Beyond Tables 118
Fractions, Percentages and Decimals 153
Shapes, Symmetry and Angles 175
Data Analysis and Probability 222
Calculator Math 250
Big Ideas for Small People 270
Questions That Your 11-Year-Old Might Encounter 289
Part 1 Calculators Not Allowed 291
Part 2 Calculators Are Allowed 298
Answers to Questions That Your 11-Year-Old Might Encounter 300
Part 1 Calculators Not Allowed 300
Part 2 Calculators Are Allowed 313
Answers to Test Yourself Questions 320
Dos and Don'ts 338
About the Authors 376
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