Solving Word Problems for Life, Grades 6-8 offers students who struggle with math a daily opportunity to improve their skills. The book offers 180 math word problems. The first 30 focus on 6th-grade math standards, the second 30 on 7th-grade standards, and the last 30 on 8th-grade standards. There is also a section of more difficult, extra-credit problems titled "Hard-Hat Thinking". All of the activities are designed to strengthen basic math skills and problem-solving ability. Six visual cues—a hammer for adding, a screwdriver for subtracting, gears for multiplying, a saw for dividing, a tape measure for measuring, and a level for averaging—remind the students which math process to follow and further reinforce their skills.
Catering to the growing need to prepare students for gateway tests, the problems here target the areas that appear on these tests most frequently. In this era of accountability, every teacher is concerned with student achievement and adequate yearly progress. This book can help.