A Fraction's Goal-Parts of A Whole is a special treasure I found on Overdrive (my library's eBook and audiobook collection). That makes this more of a recommendation than a review.
This is a picture book in rhyme that very casually teaches a concept that many children fear: fractions.
Starring colorful cats and bold colors, the book takes a playful approach to teaching math ideas.
I checked this book out to read to my 3rd grader, though my 4th grader enjoyed it as well. Later I caught them "playing" math by making fractions of random things like stuffed animals, shoes, and paper shapes they made. They even polled each other about their favorite things and made fractions and pie charts of the results.
In my opinion, books that get results like this are worth sharing. Education shouldn't be a fight. This book made an important lesson effortless and fun. A Fraction's Goal- Parts of A Whole would also be a great fit for cat-lovers using Kitty-Doodle's Homeschooling Curriculum.
Thankfully, this book is part of a whole series of books that teach math with a kid-friendly, picture book approach. The series includes:
The books are written by Brian P. Cleary and Illustrated by Brian Gable. If you aren't familiar with this author I challenge you to check out his work. He also has a series covering grammar. They're lots of fun. These book belong in your learning library!
Be sure to visit his website too. You'll find printables, games and teacher tools. It's worth the visit.
Of course, my admiration entitles this book to a five star rating and a recommendation I hope you'll take.
I also encourage you to check out your library's eBook lending system. There's no telling what treasures you may find there.
Are You a Math Genius? is, well, genius. Designed for students 13 and up, the book takes a fun approach to creative calculations that actually apply to life and inspire the budding business owner. Far from easy, this book does not feel like the torture of a typical math book. Math becomes a game that utilizes principles of math that go from simple to complex quickly. If you have a student who recoils from mathematics and doesn't see the real life purpose, this book is a perfect fit. I only wish I'd had it when I was a teen. You can order your copy on Amazon for far less than the average High school math curriculum.
This is one product from Dyslexia Games/ Thinking Tree that
I did purchase. I believed in it that much. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Comic Book Math is a fun way to mingle sequence, addition, subtraction, measurement, math families, abstract thinking (cats +windows in a coloring page for example), counting, problem solving, writing and coloring. The illustrations are beautiful and my 8 year old had to think for a second before the abstract math pages "clicked", however, I don't think this book is appropriately marketed to children up to age 11. I think most 11 year old students will have mastered these concepts prior to this book, even those on the spectrum. If the age range were lowered, I would rate this book higher. It does cover a lot of math concepts and I do appreciate the cross curricular approach that blends math and writing. For now, four stars.
Order your copy on Amazon. This book is a #1 New Release!
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