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Wacky Word Problems: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun


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Lynette Long, "Wacky Word Problems: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun"
Wiley | 2004 | ISBN: 0471210617 | 128 pages | File type: PDF | 5,3 mb

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

From Booklist
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

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