- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 990 (What's this?)
- Series: Build It Yourself
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Nomad Press; Act edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193467057X
- ISBN-13: 978-1934670576
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing Math Projects: Projects You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Gr 4-7-This activity book is illustrated with lively black-and-white cartoon figures and shapes to reproduce, cut out, and construct. Many of the projects will require adult help for understanding and manipulation. The focus is on geometry, numbers, and shapes and includes levels of math from mere counting to Fibonacci sequences to the hyperboloid. The brightly colored cover draws readers in but the dense text might turn off those with less understanding of math. There are step-by-step instructions clearly numbered for each project and quick explanations about the math involved. While many patterns are included, they must be enlarged or reproduced on heavier paper so a copier is necessary. While individuals are instructed to copy patterns, no copyright privileges are extended for teachers or schools, making this a home-use product only.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"Wondering how to make math fun or how to encourage students to see math as an interesting subject? This book shows readers how math concepts can be learned using readily available items. Sections cover number patterns, lines, curves, and shapes. Introducing the concepts through hands-on activities conveys how mathematics is not as scary as many think. Chapters provide directions for the activities, along with other facts, and words 2 know.” Students will appreciate the fun, creative activities. Younger readers may have difficulty with some of the vocabulary. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.[Editor’s Note: An additional activity and facts are available at the publisher’s website.] Recommended."
"This book is full of hands-on math projects that are easy and fun. From interesting applications of numbers and counting, to geometric shapes and even experiments with bubbles, this book is sure to make math fun! It carefully explains each mathematical concept and includes vocabulary that reinforces the narrative. Then the concept is applied to a project or game, including fun facts. This book will get lots of attention and use for sure."
Magnus Wenninger Fr.
A wonderful book, I am utterly delighted and pleased with its vast mathematical content. The book begins with the simplest notions of arithmetic and proceeds on to geometry and all kinds of higher math, with plenty of hands-on constructions and do-it-yourself suggestions.
David Bressoud, the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Macalester College; President, Mathematical Association of America
Very hands-on and easy to get into and draws students into an active engagement with mathematical ideas. Well done!”
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Several other projects in the book look stimulating and interesting to make (bubble patterns, abacus). I look forward to trying them with students.
I gave this book only 4 stars because many of the projects in this book are things I've already learned from other sources. However, a new teacher might benefit from reading them.
Synopsis: From prime numbers to paraboloids, Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers to the beauty and wonder of math through hands-on activities including projects about number patterns, lines, curves, and shapes. Learning through examples of how we encounter math in our daily lives, children will marvel at the mathematical patterns in snowflakes and discover the graceful curves in the Golden Gate Bridge. Readers will never look at soap bubbles the same way again. A companion website includes video instructions for many projects in the book and provides additional activities.
Overall thoughts: Math was not my favorite, nor my best, subject in school, so I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book. However, it was an interesting read and allowed this hesitant math student to enjoy the idea of making a geodesic dome big enough to sit in.
The book jumped right into the simplest arithmetic and moved its way to higher mathematical concepts. Filled with illustrations, `did you know' blurbs, and `words 2 know', it allows even the mathematical novice to be engaged in the concepts. I appreciated that the projects were written in clear and easy-to-understand formats, and included supply lists with on-hand items to implement concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem and platonic solids. With this book, you can definitely build projects to enhance your math skills and classes if enrolled in school, but it is not a text book.