Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents

Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents


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Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents by Rob Eastaway, Mike Askew

“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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190270
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 783,795
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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


Introduction 3

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

Division 132

Beyond Arithmetic

Fractions, Percentages and Decimals 153

Shapes, Symmetry and Angles 175

Measuring 203

Data Analysis and Probability 222

Calculator Math 250

Big Ideas for Small People 270

Questions...and Answers

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

And Finally...

Dos and Don'ts 338

Glossary 346

Acknowledgments 363

Index 365

About the Authors 376

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