It's true: Making sense of basic math doesn't have to take a long time - and it doesn't have to be difficult! In just 15 minutes a day, students can excel at a wide array of common - and even not-so-common - middle and high school math challenges. How? Each lesson gives one small part of the bigger math problem, so that each day, students build upon the previous day's knowledge. Fun factoids, catchy memory hooks, and valuable shortcuts help ensure that what students learn becomes ingrained. With J*unior Skill Builders: Basic Math in 15 Minutes a Day,* before you know it, a struggling student becomes a math pro - one easy step at a time.

**Note to parents:** In addition to all the essential practice that students need to ace classroom tests, quizzes, class participation, and standardized exams, Junior Skill Builders: Basic Math in 15 Minutes a Day provides parents with an easy, accessible way to help their children excel and point them toward success. All it takes is just 15 minutes a day.

TABLE of CONTENTS

Introduction

Pretest

SECTION 1: NUMBER BOOT CAMP

Lesson 1: Numbers, Operations, and Absolute Value

Lesson 2: Order of Operations

Lesson 3: Factors and Divisibility

Lesson 4: Fractions

Lesson 5: Decimals

Lesson 6: Ratio and Proportion

Lesson 7: Percents

Lesson 8: Measures of Central Tendency

Lesson 9: Graphs that Display Data

SECTION 2: BASIC ALGEBRA - THE MYSTERIES OF LETTERS, NUMBERS, AND SYMBOLS

Lesson 10: Variables, Expressions, and Equations

Lesson 11: Solving Equations

Lesson 12: Inequalities

Lesson 13: Powers and Exponents

Lesson 14: Scientific Notation

Lesson 15: Square Roots

Lesson 16: Algebraic Expressions and Word Problems

SECTION 3: BASIC GEOMETRY - ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

Lesson 17: Lines and Angles

Lesson 18: Classifying Quadrilaterals

Lesson 19: Perimeter

Lesson 20: Area

Lesson 21: Symmetry and Similarity

Lesson 22: Classifying Triangles

Lesson 23: Circles and Circumference

Lesson 24: Three-Dimensional Figures

Lesson 25: Volume of Solids

Lesson 26: Surface Area of Solids

Lesson 27: The Coordinate Plane

Lesson 28: Slope of a Line

Posttest

Hints for Taking Standardized Tests

Glossary