Synopses & Reviews
Math Stories forProblem Solving Success
Ready-to-Use Activities Based on Real-Life Situations, Grades 6-12, 2nd Edition
This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book Math Stories for Problem Solving Success offers updated true-to-life situations designed to motivate teenagers to use math skills for solving everyday problems. The book features intriguing short stories followed by sets of problems related to the stories that are correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Each of the easy-to-read stories is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problem sets. This makes it simple for teachers to select the appropriate problem set for students of different abilities and at different grade levels.?To further enhance student involvement, the stories feature recurring characters and can be used either sequentially or out of order. The problems in the book cover many basic math topics, including decimals, fractions, and percents; measurement; geometry; data, statistics, and probability; algebra; and problem solving.
In addition to having all the answers, an Answer Key at the end of the book offers explanations and background information about the problems that can be helpful to both teachers and students.
Math Stories for Problem Solving Success will help you show students that math is something they are already using every day.
Praise for Math Stories for Problem Solving Success
"Math Stories for Problem Solving Success is a user-friendly and interactive mathematics resource for teachers and students. The matrix used in the table of contents is effective for finding topics, content, and levels quickly and easily. Varying levels of each problem assist in meeting the needs of all students as is necessary in a differentiated classroom setting. A great resource for today's mathematics educators!"
Danielle Briggs, middle school mathematics teacher, Tulare, California
"What a powerful teaching tool! With every activity, students see clearly the power and relevance of mathematics while developing both their numeracy and literacy."
Laurie Kincheloe, mathematics instructor, Butte College, Oroville, California
Synopsis
Math Stories forProblem Solving Success
Ready-to-Use Activities Based on Real-Life Situations, Grades 6-12, 2nd Edition
This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book Math Stories for Problem Solving Success offers updated true-to-life situations designed to motivate teenagers to use math skills for solving everyday problems. The book features intriguing short stories followed by sets of problems related to the stories that are correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Each of the easy-to-read stories is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problem sets. This makes it simple for teachers to select the appropriate problem set for students of different abilities and at different grade levels.?To further enhance student involvement, the stories feature recurring characters and can be used either sequentially or out of order. The problems in the book cover many basic math topics, including decimals, fractions, and percents; measurement; geometry; data, statistics, and probability; algebra; and problem solving.
In addition to having all the answers, an Answer Key at the end of the book offers explanations and background information about the problems that can be helpful to both teachers and students.
Math Stories for Problem Solving Success will help you show students that math is something they are already using every day.
Praise for Math Stories for Problem Solving Success
"Math Stories for Problem Solving Success is a user-friendly and interactive mathematics resource for teachers and students. The matrix used in the table of contents is effective for finding topics, content, and levels quickly and easily. Varying levels of each problem assist in meeting the needs of all students as is necessary in a differentiated classroom setting. A great resource for today's mathematics educators!"
Danielle Briggs, middle school mathematics teacher, Tulare, California
"What a powerful teaching tool! With every activity, students see clearly the power and relevance of mathematics while developing both their numeracy and literacy."
Laurie Kincheloe, mathematics instructor, Butte College, Oroville, California
Synopsis
Help for teaching basic problem solving and relating math to real-life situations
This revised and updated resource features a wealth of stories and problems designed to help students meet the National Math Standards for problem solving while also practicing basic math skills like measuring, using fractions, and determining probability. Each high-interest, easy-reading story is followed by three increasingly difficult problem sets, making it easy for the teacher to differentiate instruction and reach students of all ability levels.
Jim Overholt, EdD (Chico, CA) is Professor of Education at California State University, Chico. Nancy Aalberg, MEd (Marysville, CA) is Superintendent of Schools for the Yuba City Unified School District, Yuba City, California. Jim Lindsey, EdD (Chico, CA) is Professor Emeritus of Education at California State University, Chico.
Synopsis
This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book
Math Stories for Problem Solving Success offers updated true-to-life situations designed to motivate teenagers to use math skills for solving everyday problems. The book features intriguing short stories followed by sets of problems related to the stories that are correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Each of the easy-to-read stories is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problem sets. This makes it simple for teachers to select the appropriate problem set for students of different abilities and at different grade levels. To further enhance student involvement, the stories feature recurring characters and can be used either sequentially or out of order. The problems in the book cover many basic math topics, including decimals, fractions, and percents; measurement; geometry; data, statistics, and probability; algebra; and problem solving.
In addition to having all the answers, an Answer Key at the end of the book offers explanations and background information about the problems that can be helpful to both teachers and students.
Math Stories for Problem Solving Success will help you show students that math is something they are already using every day.
About the Author
James L. Overholt, Ed.D., has over 30 years of teaching experience and is currently Professor of Education at California State University, Chico, where he specializes in mathematics education for both practicing and prospective teachers.
Nancy H. Aaberg, M.Ed., also with over 30 years of experience as a public school educator, is now the Superintendent of Schools for the Yuba City Unified School District in Yuba City, California.
James F. Lindsey, Ed.D., taught in the upper grades of elementary school; high school music, social studies, and mathematics; and was a principal. In addition, he served as Professor of Education for 21 years at California State University, Chico, at which he is now Professor Emeritus.
Table of Contents
About This Resource.
Teaching Problem Solving Strategies.
A Sample Problem.
Notes for the Teacher.
Introductory Story: Time to Go.
NCTM Standards Emphases Matrix.
1. Which Way for Jake?
2. The Caper.
3. A Sigh of Relief.
4. Future Forecast.
5. Harper’s Surprise.
6. Our Daily Bread.
7. Sweet Spending.
8. The County Fair.
9. Square Cents.
10. Halloween.
11. Amazing Measurements.
Algebra.
Measurement.
Geometry.
Number & Operations: Decimals.
Number & Operations: Fractions & Ratios.
Number & Operations: Percents.
Number & Operations: Reasonable Estimates.
Data, Statistics & Probability.
Problem Solving.
Research and Projects.
Story Page.
12. The Metric Airplane Contest.
13. Take Me to Your Liter.
14. Give a Gra.
15. Measurement Madness.
16. The Invitation.
17. On to D.C.
18. The Job Crisis.
19. Tickets.
20. Baseball—Go Figure.
21. It’s Simply Interest.
22. An Interesting Loan.
23. Homecoming.
24. Train Logic.
25. Pendulum Project.
26. Take a Chance.
27. 831 Monroe Street.
28. The Pattern Game.
29. Unlucky Friday.
30. Lucky Seven.
31. Busing for Bucks.
32. Far Out Funds.
33. Maggie’s Secret.
34. The Frantic Drive.
35. Tessa’s Grounding.
36. Geometry in the Park.
37. String Triangles.
Algebra.
Measurement.
Geometry.
Number & Operations: Decimals.
Number & Operations: Fractions & Ratios.
Number & Operations: Percents.
Number & Operations: Reasonable Estimates.
Data, Statistics & Probability.
Problem Solving.
Research and Projects.
Story Page.
38. Stop on By with Algebra.
39. Geometry Project.
40. A Patch for Experiments.
41. What Is the Average?
42. The Challenge.
43. It’s All in the Planning.
44. The Pro Game.
45. Table for Eight?
46. Jake’s Surprise.
47. Model Dog Houses.
48. A Day at Clear Lake.
49. Survey.
50. Summer Plans.
51. The Dinosaurs Rock.
52. Loop or Line?
53. Oregon or Bust!
Answer Key with Explanations.
Selected Bibliography.
Algebra.
Measurement.
Geometry.
Number & Operations: Decimals.
Number & Operations: Fractions & Ratios.
Number & Operations: Percents.
Number & Operations: Reasonable Estimates.
Data, Statistics & Probability.
Problem Solving.
Research and Projects.