Lynette Long, «Wacky Word Problems: Games and Activities That Make Math
Easy and Fun (Magical Math)»
Jossey-Bass | ISBN 0471210617 | 2004-12-27 | PDF | 5.3 Mb | 128 pages
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6–This volume includes specific directions and activities to construct pictographs, bar graphs, pie charts, and line graphs, and to compile statistics. Materials needed, step-by-step directions, and at least one illustration accompany each activity. The black-and-white drawings and graphs are appealing and easy to read. While these activities are solid, the focus here is on play, not on thinking about when to use certain types of graphs or what the gathered information indicates. Similarly, the computation of statistics is encouraged but
there is little analysis of the results. This title can be a resource for teachers and parents of homeschoolers, but it needs a math-savvy facilitator to round out the learning.–Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
Gr. 4-7. The superlatives in the title are hype, but students and teachers will find that this large-format paperback still offers quite a good introduction to graphs. The step-by-step presentation builds understanding from the ground up, beginning with pictographs and bar graphs and moving on to pie charts, line graphs, map charts, and statistics. For each activity, Long lists the materials needed, explains the steps taken, and includes at least one illustration. Many activities end with a "Brain Stretcher" challenging children to extend the game or activity in some way and occasionally encouraging critical or imaginative thinking. The black-and-white drawings of children are appealing, and the many graphs are clearly illustrated. A good choice for encouraging students to grapple with mathematical relationships, patterns of numbers, probability, and the visual representation of mathematical and statistical data. Carolyn Phelan
Don't Just Learn Word Problems... Master Them!Brimming with fun and educational games and activities, the Magical Math series provides everything you need to know to become a master of mathematics! In each of these books, Lynette Long uses her won unique style to help you truly understand mathematical concepts with common objects such as playing cards, dice, coins, and every mathematician's basic tools: paper and pencil.
Inside Wacky Word Problems, you'll discover how to decode many different types of word problems-from counting, logic, and percentage problems to distance, algebra, geometry, and graphing problems-in order
to solve real-world dilemmas. While you play exciting games like Measurement Jeopardy and Percentage War, you'll learn how to identify word cues, develop reasoning skill,s and spot key formulas that will help you solve any problem with ease. You'll also boost your math skills as you enter into crazy contests with your friends, create mystery word problems, and play word-problem charades-and have a great time doing it!
So why wait? Jump right in and find out how easy it is to become a word-problem master!
Also available in this series: Dazzling Division, Delightful Decimals and Perfect Percents, Fabulous Fractions, Groovy Geometry, Marvelous Multiplication, and Measurement Mania, all from Wiley.
Helps children grasp the basics of standard word problems¿even kids who have a hard time with math
Like the other books in Lynette Long¿s Magical Math series, Wacky Word
Problems helps make basic math fun. Children will learn how to answer common word problems, such as computation problems, percent problems, distance problems, and much more, through dozens of activities,
entertaining examples, and lively illustrations. All activities are appropriate to the learning level and can be done at home or in the classroom with easy-to-find materials, such as playing cards, dice, and paper and pencil.
Lynette Long, PhD (Washington, DC), is the author of several childrens math books, including Marvelous Multiplication (0-471-369829), Dazzling
Division (0-471-36983-7), Fabulous Fractions (0-471-36981-0),
Measurement Mania (0-471-36980-2), and Great Graphs and Sensational
About the Author
Lynette Long, PhD, is the author of many children's math books, including Fabulous Fractions, Measurement Mania, and Painless Algebra.