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  • Item #: 061048
    ISBN: 9781465420176
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    Maybe your students wouldn't typically describe math as "amazing," but they will see math differently with this book! Each color-popping page presents pop-outs, sliders, lift-the-flaps and other hands-on methods to illustrate different math concepts. 17 cardboard pages cover addition and subtraction, shapes (2D and 3D), multiplication and division, volume, and fractions, offering concise explanations and helpful tips for figuring. A two-page fun quiz tests students knowledge and a glossary in the back rounds out this DK hardcover book. All learners, but especially visual ones, will benefit from "seeing" math. – Steph

  • Item #: 027625
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    I had a set of cards similar to these, and I used them to get the day started in my classroom. This is a set of 50 cards, and each has some type of thinking puzzle. There may be a word puzzle, visual puzzle, letter puzzle, or number puzzle. This is something you can play by yourself or in a group, and you can use them to jump start your day or just to exercise your brain. The cards measure 4"x 6", have a playing card type of finish, and are written in both English and French. One puzzle example is a card that has 6 clouds shown with 6 letters on each cloud. Using one letter from each cloud, spell the names of 6 composers. Another gives a sequence of numbers – 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 19 – what number comes next? Challenge your brain to think more clearly with these problem-solving puzzles.
  • Item #: 053429
    ISBN: 9789810196912
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  • Item #: 023059
    ISBN: 9780890519158
    Retail: $79.98
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     The Student Book (textbook) is the instruction, divided into chapters, then into lessons. Important notes about the curriculum and its use are found in the front of the book. Students will read the lesson in the Student Book and complete the activity page found in the Teacher Guide (sold separately or as part of the Book 2 Set). That’s how easy it is to use this curriculum. Don’t confuse easy-to-use with over-simplified content. After comparing the content of this course with that of Bob Jones, Saxon, Alpha Omega etc., Principles of Mathematics stays with the pack. It covers all pertinent topics for algebra preparation. While there is quite a bit of reading, the language is fairly easy to read and comprehend (conversational). The text is black and white with examples and illustrations, so may not appeal to your more visual learner. Lessons that have recommended calculator use are marked with a calculator symbol. 

    Book 2 is considered the pre-algebra portion of the program, so students need to be competent in basic functions of fractions, decimals, percent, and basic geometry. Book 2 assumes the knowledge of content presented in Book 1; so if you aren’t sure where to begin, have your student take the placement tests available on our website.

  • Item #: 059202
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    This kit provides everything you need to learn how to manipulate fractions. The subtitle on the book says "Learn fractions in 42 ½ Days," which is great for those just beginning fractions or those struggling with fractions. 56 games and 17 worksheets are used to help students master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions, and introduce percents. This isn't a conventional approach to learning fractions, but it works well with more active learners. The kit includes the new (©2014) spiral-bound lesson book, spiral-bound worksheets book, two plastic Fraction Charts, Basic Number Card Deck, Multiplication Card Deck and Fraction Card Deck.

    The Lesson book is divided into 42 ½ daily lessons. Each lesson begins by stating the day's topic or goal of the lesson, a list of what you will need, and instructions for teaching the lesson. There is an appendix at the back of 7 reproducible pages that need to be copied for some of the games.

    The worksheets book is non-reproducible and contains 17 worksheets that are used with specific lessons and a certificate of achievement.

    Three decks of cards are included in this kit. The Basic Number Deck includes 132 cards and is numbered from 0 to 10 – 12 of each number. The Fraction Deck holds 75 cards with 20 different fractions and 20 matching percent cards. The Multiplication Deck includes 100 cards from 1x1 to 10x10 (there are duplicates of some of the cards). All of these decks are used with game instructions found in the lessons.

    There are 2 Fraction Charts made of durable, heavy plastic – one is whole showing the markings of all the different fraction bars, and the other is separated into the different parts. Directions for using these are included in the lessons and an instruction sheet is also included.

    If you are already using RightStart Mathematics, you will notice that there is overlap of some of the games and content, as some of the lessons are pulled from levels D and E of the math program and some games from the Math Card Games Book. This is a perfect supplement for the student who might be a little more visual or hands-on and needs more fractions practice.

  • Item #: 057641
    ISBN: 9781931181976
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    Using a 5 step process, students learn to organize their thinking and understanding of mathematical problems. Every two-page spread is intended for one problem, and provides 1) space to write the question or facts; 2) 1 cm grid space to use one or more strategies to solve the problem; 3) lines to write math terminology; 4) a larger area in which to justify your solution by explaining your reasoning; and 5) space in which to apply your solution to another problem or situation. There are enough pages (80) to do 40 problems and makes a nice companion to your math curriculum. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 053427
    ISBN: 9789814736305
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  • Item #: 053420
    ISBN: 9789810196820
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  • Item #: 053424
    ISBN: 9789810196868
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  • Item #: 060818
    ISBN: 9781601447111
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    The word 'Algebra' can strike fear into the hearts of many, but Critical Thinking Press has done their part to calm your math nerves and prepare students for higher level math in Understanding Algebra. The newest member of the Mathematical Reasoning line is a full one year algebra course for students at the junior high and high school level in a consumable format.

    The information in this worktext is a user-friendly format and presented in a step-by-step fashion. The text makes a connection between the arithmetic of the elementary years to the algebra they need to succeed in high school math. Twelve chapters begin with the basics and build upon each other – Our number system, Evaluating Expressions and Solving Equations, From Words to Algebra/Translating and Solving Word Problems, From Words to Algebra/More Word Problems, Inequalities, Polynomials, Factoring, Working with Radicals, Linear Functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Other Types of Functions, and Working with Algebraic Fractions.

    The author begins the book with a simple explanation of "What is Algebra," and then jumps right in. Each chapter is 20 to 30 pages in length and broken into topics. Each topic or lesson offers the student explanations and examples in a very visual fashion. Colored charts, illustrations, and graphs are incorporated for clarity of explanations. Within the lessons, students will be asked questions to assure they know the concept being presented and a 'more practice' section rounds out the lesson. Sets of 'Enrichment Problems' are scattered throughout the chapters to offer additional practice in higher-order thinking using plenty of word problems. There are no tests in this book, so you would need to assess your student's understanding of the concepts by other means – grades from the practice sets and exercises might be your best tool for assessment.

    A glossary that includes algebra vocabulary and an answer key are found at the back of the book. These are answers and not solutions. Students will learn about the history of math as they learn math strategies to help them with algebra and beyond. 360 pgs. pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 053421
    ISBN: 9789810196837
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  • Item #: 053425
    ISBN: 9789810196875
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  • Item #: 053428
    ISBN: 9789810196905
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  • Item #: 065937
    ISBN: 9780890518755
    Retail: $39.99
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    Book 1 reviews basic arithmetic and teaches problem-solving skills and mental math through a Biblical lens. The Student Book (textbook) is the instruction, divided into chapters, then into lessons. Important notes about the curriculum and its use are found in the front of the book. Students will read the lesson in the Student Book and complete the activity page found in the Teacher Guide (sold both as a separate item or part of the Book 1 Set). That's how easy it is to use this curriculum. Don't confuse easy-to-use with over-simplified content. After comparing the content of this course with that of Bob Jones, Saxon, Alpha Omega etc., Principles of Mathematics stays with the pack. It covers all pertinent topics for algebra preparation. While there is quite a bit of reading, the language is fairly easy to read and comprehend (conversational). The text is black and white with examples and illustrations, so may not appeal to your more visual learner. Calculator instruction is included, beginning with lesson 4.5, but parent/teacher can discern the amount of calculator use allowed. Lessons that have recommended calculator use are marked with a calculator symbol.

  • Item #: 053423
    ISBN: 9789810196851
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  • Item #: 053426
    ISBN: 9789814736299
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  • Item #: 053419
    ISBN: 9789810196813
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  • Item #: 053422
    ISBN: 9789810196844
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  • Item #: 057939
    ISBN: 9781893791213
    Retail: $17.95
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    Integrate problem solving & logical thinking with literacy & reading skills and what do you get? This collection of 90 math exercises for your young elementary students! Each page has 1 easy-to-read problem and space for your child to draw the elements of the problem. For example: Draw 1 helicopter, 1 car and 1 fish. Draw a square around the one that does not belong. This particular problem tells you if a child knows what "1" of an item means and if he/she can draw a square. It is also an exercise in classification. You might group vehicles, so "fish" does not belong; however, if the student draws the fish and helicopter in blue, and the car in red, then they could classify by color and it would be the car that does not belong. All problems use complete sentences and encourage students to read carefully and organize their problem solving. 90pp ~Sara

  • Item #: 065940
    ISBN: 9780890519073
    Retail: $39.99
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    The Teacher Guide is a very important part of this program. You will find a course schedule, worksheets for each lesson, answer keys (a mix of answers and solutions), quizzes, and tests. Also included in the worksheets are math problems from historical text books, such as Applied Mathematics for Junior High Schools and High Schools and Secondary Arithmetic: Commercial and Industrial for High, Industrial, Commercial, Normal Schools, and Academics and Practical Algebra: First Year Course. These problems help students understand the role of math throughout history, but they are also good thinking math problems. There are two versions of the schedule – two-year and one-year. The two-year schedule is basically one lesson per day using both books to equal two years of junior high math. If you have a student who is really motivated and wants to finish both books in one year, there is a schedule for that. In this option, students complete about 2 to 3 lessons per day – depending on the length. The Student Workbook is consumable (not reproducible); pages are perforated with plenty of space for students to show their work and answer questions.

  • Item #: 052042
    ISBN: 9781601444530
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    Geometry isn't treated with the intensity in middle school, in many cases, for high school success in the subject. This book follows the National Math Standards and presents an introduction to the basics of geometry. Students won't just learn the properties of geometry, but will learn the reasoning behind the properties and learn the basics of geometric proofs and coordinate geometry. A glossary is included in this 256-page book that can be used as a text in junior high and it is reproducible for family or classroom use.

  • Item #: 038177
    ISBN: 9781559535847
    Retail: $17.95
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    Math can be fun?? What?? How can that be?? Mixing it up by stepping out of your textbook to see if your student can do some outside problem solving is one way. Each of the 50 pages in this book holds 3 or 4 problems on geometric topics using word problems, visuals and proofs. Using their critical thinking skills, students decide whether or not the given information is accurate. If it is incorrect, they have to explain why. Creator Michael Serra is known for making math interesting to students. Illustrations are clear, as are the instructions. You could use an exercise as a warm-up to a daily geometry lesson, as an good end-of-the-week challenge, to create some friendly competition in a group of students, or even add one to a geometry test as extra-credit. Students appreciate variety as much as we adults do and a supplement like this one is a nice way to spice things up while ensuring their understanding of geometric theorems. Reproducible for your own classroom or family use. Answers in the back. 60pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 001341
    ISBN: 9781583243602
    Retail: $16.95
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    Dice Activities for Algebraic Thinking will help prepare your students for algebra. Written to align to Common Core Standards, this book presents concept practice with patterns, relationships, functions, and symbols within the realm of algebra and designed to help students meet the challenges of algebra with confidence. Intended as an introduction to algebra, this book incorporates dice and color tiles for a visual and kinesthetic explanation of algebra concepts. The CD offers printable pdf versions of the pages in the book along with virtual dice and color tiles that can be used with some of the activity pages. 128 pages.

  • Item #: 045458
    ISBN: 9781465439352
    Retail: $19.99
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  • Item #: 065938
    ISBN: 9780890519912
    Retail: $39.99
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    The Teacher Guide is a very important part of this program. You will find a course schedule, worksheets for each lesson, answer keys (a mix of answers and solutions), quizzes, and tests. Also included in the worksheets are math problems from historical text books, such as Applied Mathematics for Junior High Schools and High Schools and Secondary Arithmetic: Commercial and Industrial for High, Industrial, Commercial, Normal Schools, and Academics and Practical Algebra: First Year Course. These problems help students understand the role of math throughout history, but they are also good thinking math problems. There are two versions of the schedule – two-year and one-year. The two-year schedule is basically one lesson per day using both books to equal two years of junior high math. If you have a student who is really motivated and wants to finish both books in one year, there is a schedule for that. In this option, students complete about 2 to 3 lessons per day – depending on the length. The Student Workbook is consumable (not reproducible); pages are perforated with plenty of space for students to show their work and answer questions.

  • Item #: 018308
    ISBN: 9780894558856
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    At such an early age, mathematical reasoning begins with simple activities such as distinguishing between even or odd amounts and learning the ordinal numbers. The authors suggest working through this activity book page by page. The content spirals, which gives your child time to "digest" new concepts before moving on to more complex material. This series is correlated to the NCTM standards and accordingly incorporates topics such as patterns, number lines, graphs, fractions, probability, and problem solving, as well as basic addition and subtraction skills. The full-color activity sheets should especially appeal to the younger student. Not only are the illustrations eye-catching, but they do an excellent job of demonstrating mathematical representations and relationships. Although manipulatives are not required, a link to a virtual manipulative website is provided in case additional concrete-level reinforcement is needed. A wide variety of exercises and activities are utilized to keep your child both interested and motivated. For instance, Thinker Doodles and Mind Benders activities from parent company Critical Thinking are scattered throughout. 200+ pages. ~ Anh
  • Item #: 053704
    ISBN: 9781402766992
    Retail: $14.95
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    I double dog dare you to try this puzzle! It seems innocuous enough, 12 brightly colored plastic shapes that look like children's toys. Each pentomino equals 5 cubes and loosely resemble letters. These have been around a long time under different names like Polyominoes and Hexus, as mathematical recreation. The book of patterns is your challenge. I tried the first page of puzzles thinking they must be the easiest and won't take long to finish. Boy, was I wrong! Pentominoes are quite tough to solve. I thought I must be missing something simple, so I asked other people to have a go. We were all stumped and engaged in this compelling math puzzle. The book states that ages 8 and up should be able to complete the patterns, but I would say it is for older students and adults. Even a child with a very mathematical, logical brain will be challenged by this. Just trying to get them back in the box was a puzzle in itself. The book has 365 puzzle patterns to try and follow. The solutions are in the back and an introduction and some tips are in the front. The pieces themselves store inside the book in a plastic case. Kids can even create new designs and record them on graph paper. I would call this one deceptively simple and a lot of fun! Keep your brain "in shape" for a long time to come. 96 pgs, spiral hc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 006052
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    Do you think in pictures? Then you'll be great at this awesome game where the key is linking the pictures you see to common words and phrases. The game is primarily made up of 19 picture dice, each with a different image on every side. To start the round, all of the cubes are rolled and dumped out on the playing surface. Immediately, everyone grabs a pencil and paper pad and starts using the nineteen face-up images on the cubes to make compound words and common phrases before the timer runs out! Often the images can be used to stand for a number of words. For instance, there is a picture of a clock face on one of the dice. This could mean "clock," "watch," "time," or maybe even "hour" if your opponents agree! The image of a night sky could be "night," "stars," "evening," etc. Put the two pictures together, and you could make the phrase "night time." The challenge is in seeing the possibilities and matching them up within the time limit! When the timer runs out, everyone reads their list. Each player wins points for words and phrases on their list that nobody else has. This is also the perfect time to debate whether or not certain words or phrases really count (I remember someone at our Christmas party trying to squeak by with "fast cat" - hmmm)! The quick version of the game involves players simply taking the dice when they see a pair, limiting the possibilities with each grab. A good imagination, a great vocabulary, and some quick thinking are crucial. This is a great game for the family or for parties, as just about anyone can play. You'll always want to roll the cubes again for just one more round!

  • Item #: 042363
    ISBN: 9781583242605
    Retail: $16.95
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    I've never been strong in math but this handy reference book makes things simpler with concise descriptions of terms and clear tables, charts, and diagrams to help students understand. About half the book is an actual dictionary, with over 600 terms (from abacus to zero) that are defined and accompanied by a graphic, diagram, or example. Want to know what standard deviation means? Need to figure out what an isosceles trapezoid looks like? Forget which one's the y-intercept? Just consult this book and all your questions will be answered! The second half of the book includes even more useful information and references such as a multiplication table, conversion tables, clarification of formulas, explanations of symbols, and descriptions of a variety of math concepts. Keep this book in reach during your math studies as a great reference and aid! 130 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 066785
    ISBN: 9781425816445
    Retail: $19.99
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    Text-Dependent Questions is another way to say reading comprehension. In the area of math do students understand the word problem they just read enough to solve the problem? This book offers 480 question stems questions that guide students to connect what they are learning to previous knowledge. Question stems in this book cover 12 skill areas: analyzing meaning and making a plan, understanding numbers and relative units, moving from concrete to abstract thinking, identifying and using appropriate tools, applying properties of operations, using problem-solving strategies, forming mathematical conjectures, communicating mathematical thinking, considering ideas of others, justifying strategies/processes/solutions, creating word problems, and discovering mathematics in the real world. Each skill area includes an overview, four levels of question stems (K-1, 2-4, 5-8, 9-12), examples, 10 question stems, and an activity page for each level. Question Stems can be used as written or adapt them to meet your needs. This book may be copied for classroom or family use and is a good comprehension-type of supplement for math, giving clarity to word problems. ~ Donna