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Item #: 003999
ISBN: 9781934124147
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Item #: 053122
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Algebra can be a very difficult course for many students who don't think abstractly. This book offers stepbystep, visual exercises using a balance scale to help with the understanding of 'balancing equations.' Similar to the format of the rest of the Balance Math series, this book additionally offers explanations and instruction for each step of the equation process. For example, the first page shows a balance scale that is level, having a 20 on the left pan and a square containing an x on the right pan. This would indicate that the two are equal. The next illustration shows a balance scale with the square containing the x on the left pan and a question mark (?) on the right pan. To the right of the illustrations is a box with these words, "From the 1st scale we know: 20 = x. Reversing the sides of an equation does not change its value. Therefore, x = 20 =?" Along with the verbiage is a fillin box where the student will answer "? = ____." The problems are presented as puzzles that engage and really make a student think, and progress from simple to complex. Some reviewtype pages are placed intermittently throughout the book just to make sure your student understands and can apply concepts. The back of the book offers tips for working with the balance scale visuals, and answers with explanations. The method used for teaching the steps of equations and solving them reminds me a little of the HandsOn Equations products. This would be a super introduction to algebra for younger children, a great tutorial for someone having difficulty with equations, or helpful practice for anyone wants to keep their skills sharp.  Donna

Item #: 053572
ISBN: 9780984362998
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From America's Math Teacher, Richard W. Fisher, comes a very straightforward and logical approach to mastering algebraic concepts. From the beginning of the book to the end, each lesson builds on previous knowledge in a very 'nononsense' fashion. The book is divided into chapters – tools for algebra, solving equations, graphing and analyzing linear equations, solving and graphing inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, radical expressions and geometry, quadratic equations, and algebra word problems. Every chapter is divided into lessons, and every lesson is one to two pages in length and follows the same format – introduction and explanation, helpful hints, examples, written exercises, review. There is even a final exam to assess the student's understanding. A reference section at the back of the book includes lists of formulas, symbols, multiplication table, prime numbers, squares and roots, fraction/decimal equivalents, and an answer key (not solutions). The author offers 6 steps to using this book so it will be the most effective. 1) Read the introduction that contains essential information on the topic and includes important terms and definitions and explanations. 2) Read the 'helpful hints' section that offers tips and shortcuts. 3) Go through the examples by writing them out on your own paper, which will aid in better understanding. 4) Work the exercises, and refer back to the 'helpful hints' as needed. 5) Complete the review section. 6) Correct your work. Seems pretty easy! The bonus for this book is the free online video lessons. Mr. Fisher, America's Math Teacher, will narrate students through the concept of each lesson as writing appears on a white board. He works through some examples (different from those found in the book) using visual prompts and making suggestions for ways to remember. He suggests that the student watch the video lesson before going to the book lesson. These short concise selfcontained lessons can change the world of algebra for your student. 280 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

Item #: 067550
ISBN: 9780768937787
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Item #: 032422
ISBN: 9780071343077
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There is a joke making the rounds online that describes how many of us view word problems. It goes something like this, "If you have 4 pencils and I have 7 apples, how many pancakes will fit on the roof?" If this describes you or your student, then let me tell you about this great resource.
Beginning with the foundational information of how to work word problems, each chapter then provides explanations of the differing types of word problems. Examples follow with detailed solutions. An additional 65 word problems are found at the end of the book (with answers) to provide more practice in all of the skill areas. The algebraic word problem skills covered include numbers; time, rate and distance; mixtures; coins; age; levers; finance; work; plane geometric figures; digits; solutions using two unknowns and quadratics. This practical resource will demystify pesky word problems in your student's math book, provide standardized testing preparation or provide supplemental practice for the Life of Fred curriculum. PB. 196 pgs. ~Deanne

Item #: 065925
ISBN: 9781611030273
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You are only 1001 problems away from mastering the skills you need for algebra success. This book includes 1001 practice problems (not instruction), for prealgebra, linear equations and inequalities, polynomial expressions, rational expressions, radical expressions and quadratic equations, elementary functions, matrix algebra, and common algebra errors. Sharpen your algebra skills with sets of practice that become progressively more challenging. Answers and explanations are found at the back of the book, along with a glossary and instructions for how to access online practice tests. ~ Donna

Item #: 005020
ISBN: 9780764142574
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Uses a storyline approach, putting skills in meaningful topics as concepts are "discovered" to solve real problems (albeit in an imaginary land). Covers: rules of behavior for numbers, equations, negative numbers and integers, fractions and rational numbers, exponents, roots and real numbers, algebraic expressions, functions, graphs, systems of two equations, quadratic equations, circles, ellipses, parabolas, polynomials, exponential functions and logarithms, simultaneous equations and matrices, series, permutations, combinations, the binomial formula, proofs by mathematical induction, and imaginary numbers.

Item #: 000702
ISBN: 9780887249525
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A very userfriendly introduction to prealgebraic concepts. This workbook contains skill introductions, practice problems, and drills for students needing review and extra practice or to challenge beginners. The book is divided into 11 sections with each section featuring student work pages, a review page, and a unit test. Each page covers a different prealgebraic concept or topic with a box on the top explaining the concept and giving an example of how to work it followed by 1020 student practice problems. Concepts covered include integers, variables, metric measures, formulas, operations, inequalities, properties, exponents, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, graphing, percents, rational numbers, square roots, the Pythagorean Theorem, probabilities, and much more. An answer key is included in the back with answers to all of the practice problems, reviews, and tests. The overall workbook is very clean and well organized with more practice per topic and less wasted space than the PreAlgebra (StepbyStep) workbook. It is comparable to the 100+ series in the number of practice problems, but explanations are better in this workbook. A very complete, easy to use workbook. ~ Megan

Item #: 065418
ISBN: 9781930749443
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More than half of the Bible is written in Hebrew. For Bible study purposes alone, this fact warrants learning the language. This text, originally intended for an adult audience at Bible colleges and seminaries, emphasizes pronouncing and reading Hebrew. Hebrew is complex and this text does not formally introduce grammatical concepts, nor does it follow a direct, traditional language learning method. The primary goal is to read and learn written text rather than communicating in Hebrew.
The first 6 chapters introduce each consonant letter of the alphabet. Since vowels are not delineated in the Hebrew alphabet, the additional 6 chapters teach the vowels as classes. Then, starting as Jewish children do, students will learn to read the Shema in Hebrew and then work through the 10 Commandments, Sabbath and other blessings, daily worship prayers and blessings and then end with the Hebrew names for God.
The author, Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, recommends following this pattern when studying the lessons: pray, review daily (30 minutes per day); use graph paper to practice the letter forms and make flash cards.
Each of the 12 lessons in Part I should take one week per lesson for your motivated high school student. Lessons in Part II may be studied and reviewed for months to come. The readings in Lessons 12 through 16 provide the Hebrew writing with a transliteration and then an English translation below. Background information and cultural explanation elaborate on each text.
Lesson 17 explains the Tanakh (the full Hebrew Bible) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), followed by Scripture samples in Hebrew with the corresponding Scripture in English KJV. While no transliteration or direct translation is included at this point, the student should be able to pronounce these. A good Strong’s Concordance would solve the word for word translation. Lesson 18 discusses the Hebrew names of God with transliteration and definitions, with an indepth discussion on 18 specific names.
The wealth of language, Biblical and cultural information here is astounding. Even if you do not wish to read full documents in Hebrew, this text would be an excellent source for Bible study—or in preparation for a trip to Israel. Additional resources include an indepth Hebrew Glossary, an Introduction to the Hebrew Calendar; and a bibliography. ~ Ruth

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These Algebra tiles provide a useful way to introduce polynomials and operations. Use tiles to model problems to aid understanding of the zero principle, addition, subtraction and multiplication of polynomials. Each piece is dual colored to allow for versatility: five foam 6 cm x 6 cm (blue and red) pieces; ten strips of 6 cm x 1 cm (green/red) and twenty of 1 cm x 1 cm (red and yellow). Set of 35 foam tiles. ~ Ruth

Item #: 009869
ISBN: 9780618118687
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This Nextext curriculum offers a basic, concise, authoritative and accessible introduction to the sociological process. Students examine the history of sociology and its three major theories: functionalism, interactionism and conflict theory. In addition, students will learn about groups and individuals, social inequality, and change in society—in that order.
The 16 chapters in the Student Course book include (in addition to the chapter reading) several features which enhance learning: a Sociologist’s Perspective demonstrating concepts; differences Across Cultures; facts and statistics; key research and a focus on US culture. Chapter summaries and vocabulary lists further aid retention.
For each chapter, the Teacher Resource Manual provides objectives, vocabulary, background, further resources, discussion questions (which encourage review and critical thinking) and activities. In addition, you’ll find reproducible Study Guides, Vocabulary Quizzes and Tests with multiple choice and essay questions (and all answers). The TM mentions supplemental material available on the Nextext web site. However, at the writing of this review, this site was no longer available. The course can be taught well without these supplements, but both course book and teacher manual are needed. Would be considered 1 credit at the middle school level and 1 credit at the high school level (although only introductory if your student is pursuing further education in the social sciences). Student7.5” x 9.25”, 352 pp, hc. Teacher8.375” x 10.75”, 102pp, sc. ~ Ruth

Item #: 021558
ISBN: 9781438007755
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Have you ever felt like learning Algebra is like trying to learn a strange new language? If so, this book will show you how to translate "Math Talk" into "Plain English". Easy to understand explanations, stepbystep examples, and common pitfalls and mistakes make this a great resource for firsttime learners and reviewers alike. Topics covered include integers, solving single variable equations, solving inequalities, graphing linear equations and inequalities, exponents, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, and solving systems of equations. Several short "brain tickler" problem sets are interspersed throughout for practice. 350+ pgs., p/b ~ Anh

Item #: 045045
ISBN: 9781573105590
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Let's flex those algebra muscles! This is not only a great refresher course, but great preparation, instruction and review packed into 100 daily drills. Unlike similar books, there is generally a fair amount of instruction and modeling prior to working the problems. That, along with the bitesized lessons, makes this a good candidate for a selfstudy summertime course. Students will also appreciate the variety in format and questions. The book is divided into 12 sequential units, covering foundational skills through quadratic equations. Two different blank response sheets, each for a week's worth of workouts, are provided. Solutions are on the back of each halfpage set. Using this book in middle school would almost guarantee success in algebra; it allows your child to dip his toes and wade into the subject rather than be tossed in headfirst.

Item #: 062071
ISBN: 9780809033591
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What do an old man carrying a huge pickle, a pirate with a bag of gold and a minimally dressed superhero have in common? They’re all on the cover of this statistics book giving you a hint that this is not your statisticsasusual sort of course. It is, however, a fairly comprehensive introductory statistics treatise covering raw data, sorting, samples, populations, probabilities, inference and hypothesis testing. Illustrated with literally hundreds of lively and intriguing cartoon characters, the general idea of the book is to illustrate how statisticians think and help you visualize concepts that often seem as little esoteric to most of us. Along the way, you’ll probably find yourself chuckling. Take, for instance, this discussion on samples and progressions. “Since the dawn of civilization . . .people have had the urge to count things. In fact, the earliest forms of writing were invented for counting. As civilizations grew . . . so did the number of things needing to be counted. But this created a new challenge. Sometimes it’s impossible to count all the things you want to know about. Which is why, long ago, someone dreamed up the strategy .. . of studying a sample . . . to learn something about an entire population.” This entire discussion is illustrated over a twopage spread and includes all sorts of historical figures such as gladiators, emperors and oxen.
There are fourteen chapters divided into two parts – gathering statistics and hunting parameters. Each chapter traces a statistical concept showing the rationale and explaining what it means and what it shows. The cartoon illustrations are amazingly effective at developing a clear understanding of the concepts. And the humor – subtle and often not so subtle – also aids understanding, not to mention holding interest in a topic that is often considered dry and boring. There are no discussion questions or problems, however.
An interesting addendum is the appendix introduced by this statement: “We’ve spent this book learning how statisticians think. But if you want to learn how they talk . . . you can start by exploring . . . The Math Cave.” What follows is a concise explanation of each chapter in ordinary statisticsspeak – punctuated with a few clever cartoons just for good measure. Whether you’re a student immersed in a statistics course that you’ve given up hope of understanding or someone who loves cartoon characters no matter what the subject or someone who just wants to learn something about statistics, this just might be the extraordinary statistics book you’ve been looking for. 225 pgs, pb ~ Janice

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ISBN: 9780801039119
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I didn’t study philosophy until college, but it seems that students are exposed to some heavier topics earlier than I was when a young adult. One thing I didn’t get in my first college philosophy class was a Christian perspective. My philosophy education changed when I went to a Christian college and was presented both the secular and Christian perspectives of philosophy.
This 280+ page book does a very good job of presenting philosophy throughout history, the people who shaped philosophy as we know it today, and a Christian critique of each topic. Written for high school and beyond, this would be a nice introduction for your student before going to college. ~ Donna

Item #: 048880
ISBN: 9781579126995
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This hardcover book with audio CD is a beautifully designed and illustrated introduction to the storyfilled world of ballet. The first chapter introduces you to some basic terminology, ballet positions, and history, and invites you to listen to a couple of CD music tracks. Then, each chapter that follows tells the story of a particular ballet, complete with gorgeous, watercolorlike illustrations. Throughout these chapters you'll be able to listen to some of the music and/or learn a little bit more about terminology and technique. Occasionally a chapter will also feature a famous dancer, like Rudolph Nureyev. A glossary is included in the back, and there's also a resource section for learning more about becoming a ballerina, great ballets, famous dancers, and fiction stories about dancing. The final page provides you with a CD track list for your reference. 96 pgs ~ Caryl

Item #: 041880
ISBN: 9780972089036
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This may be my new favorite worldview book. Author J.F. Baldwin compares worldviews to the characters of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Frankenstein's monster represents all other worldviews which believe man is innately good. Jekyll and Hyde represent the Christian worldview which believes man is born in sin. Christians, members of the "Hyde" crowd, must know what they believe and what sets Christianity apart from other worldviews. The author gives a brief overview of different worldviews in understandable language, so that even the beginner can understand this complex topic. Interesting reallife stories are used to drive home the different lessons. He discusses blind faith, good works and selfishness in relation to all the worldviews. Does your worldview require you to be selfish and look out for number one, or does it call you to show mercy and live a selfless, sacrificial life? This book will cause you to ask questions about things you see and hear in the world around you; moreover it will help you understand why you believe certain things. Are you most like Frankenstein or Hyde? 271 pgs, pb – Donna

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Item #: 034647
ISBN: 9780887249358
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Add some extra practice and review to your curriculum with the Skills for Success Algebra workbook. The book is divided into twelve sections connecting with algebra, using rules of algebra, writing linear equations, solving linear equations, graphing linear equations, applying linear equations, working with inequalities and absolute values, solving systems of linear equations, working with powers/exponents/polynomials, quadratic equations and factoring, calculating rational expressions, and applying rational equations and proportions. The topical organization make it easier to match the content with your curriculum. Each section includes practice pages, review, and a test; the number of pages varies by section. There are 128 pages and are reproducible for classroom and family use and answer keys are included. A little extra practice never hurts! ~ Donna

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ISBN: 9781559530040
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ISBN: 9780794527464
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This attractive book provides a thorough introduction to art and its history. The book is arranged chronologically, divided into five different time periods covering ancient and medieval art, the renaissance, baroque and rococo periods, the revolution, and modern world art. Each page in these chapters is covered with interesting text, lots of pictures of paintings, and brief captions. While I enjoy art books anyway, this one is especially attention holding and very reader friendly. Techniques and other signs of the times are pointed out in the paintings so readers can see how the painting process changed and developed over time, including the way people were painted as well as the fashions and other preferences of each period. Aside from these main sections, there are two other section, one at the beginning and on at the end, which provide an introduction and a look behind the scenes, giving students even more information about the subject. Also, internet links where readers can find more information about paintings or artists are scattered throughout the pages. Please note that some of the paintings portray nudity. 144 pgs, sturdy pb.  Melissa

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ISBN: 9780878910854
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It happens to me once in awhile. I start skimming through a curriculum product and then realize I've slowed down and am reading it thoroughly. This is one of those products. I might be inclined to call it a "practically perfect" introduction to worldview. Designed as a fourlesson unit study and targeting a middle school audience, it provides instructional information, illustrative handson activities, and welldeveloped questions and talking points for family discussions. The lessons move from defining worldview, to finding the commonalities between worldviews, to identifying four worldview "families" (polytheism, monotheism, pantheism, and naturalism) and placing the world's religions in these families, and finally to evaluating the impact of worldview on history. The student is led into discovery: learning to think and evaluate for himself. And, perhaps most important for this age group, they are given tools by which they can continue the evaluation process. The Guide is written directly to the student with the parent serving more or less as an administrator. This is an effective presentation methodology because many parents are unfamiliar with these topics and uncertain how to present them. Here, they can become colearners. Both the instructional segments and the handson activities (designed to illustrate and lead the student into understanding) are welllaid out, thoroughly explained and easy to follow. The hardertofind supplies are provided with the remainder being household/office items. Lessons include definitions, instruction, handson activities, processing explanations, review and Table Talk (guidelines for family discussion). Literature selections are used with some lessons to provide discussion points and to further clarify the instruction. The Appendix includes reproducible (for the family) copies of worksheets, literature selections, and a summary of 12 different worldviews. The "very back" of the guide includes nine cardstock pages which are used for some of the lesson activities. The curriculum packet includes the Guide plus precut wrapping papers, three white boxes (flattened, sixinch cubes), and a pair of 3D glasses. 87 pgs. pb. ~ Janice
