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
This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book
Math Stories for Problem Solving Successoffers 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 Successwill help you show students that math is something they are already using every day.
Synopsis
Here are 51 interesting, true-to-life situations to motivate teenagers to apply math skills for solving everyday problems. For example, in the story "The Challenge" students use decimals and averages as they compare rival football teams' statistics. In "An Interesting Loan", they get practical experience working with money as they help Mike figure out how to pay for a new dirt bike. Each reproducible story is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problems that focus on the same math topic, making it easy for students of all ability levels to develop the math skills being stressed in the lesson.
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.