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Primary Grade Challenge Math [Paperback]

by Edward Zaccaro
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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June 2003 0967991536 978-0967991535
Primary Grade Challenge Math offers material that goes beyond calculation skills for those children who enter the primary grades already knowing basic concepts. This curriculum allows parents and teachers to instill a deeper level of mathematical understanding and thinking skills in young children while nurturing a love of mathematics. (Grades 1st - 4th)

Each chapter’s questions are broken down into four levels:
Level 1 (easy)
Level 2 (somewhat challenging)
Level 3 (challenging)
Einstein (very challenging)

Includes chapters on: Sequences, Problem-solving, Money, Percents, Algebraic Thinking, Negative Numbers, Logic, Ratios, Probability, Measurements, Fractions, Division.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Hickory Grove Press (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967991536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967991535
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Edward Zaccaro is a teacher of mathematically gifted children and the author of Challenge Math and Real World Algebra. He has presented at state and national conferences on gifted education.

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun applications of elementary math skills January 1, 2007
By Carol M
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The book is organized into chapters, with each chapter presenting a type of problem and the ways to think about that problem. And then there is a series of related story problems to solve, divided into 4 levels. For example, one chapter is about calculating whether an item (rope, building, etc) is strong enough for the intended use. Another chapter is about figuring out how much change you'd get in a store transaction. Another is percentages. Midway through, the concept of algebra is introduced and applied to the later chapters. The chapters are presented very conversationally, and explain how to think about the problem and approach the solution. They are illustrated with cartoons, and with characters discussing the problems.

My second grade daughter loves this book. She is gifted in math, and I was looking for some way to add extra challenge without "teaching ahead" in the normal curriculum. This has been great. It's not teaching new methods of computation (which she'll get in school thru the years), it's teaching approaches to problem solving. She usually does the level 1 problems with no help (but has to think fairly hard), but needs help on level 2. She is very proud of herself after conquering these questions. Levels 3 and 4 are beyond her for now. I can see us revisiting this book every year, and using it through about 5th grade.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supplement for gifted children November 24, 2009
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I presented this book to my 6 and 8 year olds (both reading, both with great math minds). My independently motivated 8 year old learned several grades' worth of math in a few weeks mostly on her own with this book. The fun pictures and presentation style even engaged my usually apathetic 6 year old, who is now so proud of his uncanny skill with fractions. As a parent, I love that the four levels of questions in each chapter made it possible for them to go through the same chapters but at different levels. I love that the chapters are called things like "Oh no, I have to change the recipe!" and "How many legs?" instead of "Ratios" and "Multiplication". I love that very little is told TO the student; most of the ideas are generated by the student via the carefully presented questions.

The book does not do drills: there are only five questions per level per chapter. For a gifted student who grabs the concept quickly and is ready to move on, this is perfect. Other students may want/need more practice. Also, for example, although it introduces the concept of multiplication, it does not require that students learn the multiplication facts. This is an excellent approach because it lets kids explore more advanced concepts that would be inaccessible to them if they don't know what 6x4 is off the top of their head; my 8 year old did some problems using her memorized multiplication facts while my 6 year old used the multiplication table or a calculator. Both got to develop the same concepts.

It is because of this approach that I think this book is the perfect supplement for gifted students; they will still need some drill in addition and multiplication facts, but they will do more than enough of that in school.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing! November 16, 2006
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This book is fantastic for a young student gifted in mathematics, or even a solid student who would like a bit more of a challenge. It's math of a more advanced level but the language holds the interest of a younger student, without talking down to them. And it explains the higher mathematical concepts in the way a younger child's mind would work! It's like the author remembers well how he thought when he was a kid and wrote the book from that POV. You can see the light go on in the child's eyes when that algebra or logic concept clicks!

This is the way math SHOULD be taught and if we gave kids a solid foundation and then gave them a challenge like this, and taught them like this, they'd be far and above students anywhere, I think, because it's not a book of tricks, it's solid math, and FUN.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Awesome" January 17, 2004
By Karen
Format:Paperback
I walked into my son's room and my mouth dropped open. My son was reading his Primary Grade Challenge Math Book ON HIS OWN. When I asked him how he liked the book he replied, "It's awesome!" Later he found me to tell me about about a problem he had just solved. He had such a proud look on his face. I have never seen my child so excited about learning math. What a great idea to write a math book that actually makes learning math fun! I can't wait to get my hands on the author's other books.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning for those living outside the US of A April 11, 2005
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This is a great book. It has lots of word problems and the strategies to solve them rather than just learning by rote.

However, those living outside the USA should be aware that many examples in this book use inches, feet and miles for distance and pounds and ounces for weight, with the metric system been treated as a special subject. So the weighting of questions for a metric country is the wrong way around.

Money problems are of course in dollars and cents which is not a problem for most countries using a decimal currency. However, the references to nickels, dimes and quarters might throw some kids (in Australia we have 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces, with no colloquialisms for them).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and challenging
Got this for my 5 year old math-lover. A lot of it is a stretch for him, and it's fun to see his brain twisting around as he tries to figure out the new concepts. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good books for kids
Good book for kids but not meant for kids below 4th grade. There are few problems for younger kids but slowly the problems start getting complex. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sachin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good challenges
My child needed some enrichment the school wasn't giving so we bought this product. I liked how the questions made them think, introduced some new skills, and the questions... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Explaining What's Cool About Math
This book was even more than I hoped for. My son is 9, and we used this book to work on math over the summer to keep him sharp. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sara-34
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book
My daughter in loves this book. It's so fun to work with and in the process you learn new things. It makes hard concepts easy to learn since it adds some humor to the questions and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by V. Bhadra
5.0 out of 5 stars Word problems fun
Just started this book with my 7 years old kiddo. Love it so far. It is great in preparing for CRA (constructed response assessment) which now a part of standard testing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tatiana
2.0 out of 5 stars Not organized corrrectly with respect to grade level
The book should have organized itself to separate what's intended for a 1st grader and what's intended for a 4th grader (or 2nd, 3rd grader), but it does not. Read more
Published 8 months ago by toolperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great
I love this workbook. I bought it for my 8 year old, who needs more challenges than just memorizing math facts and solving simple problems. Read more
Published 9 months ago by delmarwalker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
My grandson loves to be challenged. He is five going into first grade this year and we are using the book during the summer to keep his skills in math fresh.
Published 9 months ago by Grammy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted child is finally challenged!
My 6 year old with a WISC score of 147 out of 160 is finally challenged. He can often do the level 3s and we sometimes can do the 'genius' together. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anon
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