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Math Made Easy: Fifth Grade Workbook Paperback – June 13, 2001
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In addition, this DK book (and generally we love their stuff) DOES NOT correspond to what every Fifth Grade class is doing these days. However, I don't really see this as a complete drawback, as one can look at the table of contents and make a decision based on that as to whether it is `right' for your child.
The biggest drawback, as I see it, is that you can basically only use this book as a supplement to another text. Or, in other words, It would make a bad homeschooling text.
Three Stars. Not a good homeschooling-type type book because you are left on your own to explain things. An okay book if you are looking for additional problems for your child to work.
You will find practice pages for all the major topics covered in Grade 5. There is a definite emphasis on addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals. There is a review of Grade 4 topics and plenty of Times Tables practice. There is also a Progress Chart with gold stars to record achievement.
At the back of the book the "Answer Section with Parents' Notes" provides answers to all the activities in the book. The notes for each page also help to explain common problems and solutions are given to ensure that your child understands how and why they made errors.
Multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000
The simplest form of fractions
Changing improper fractions to mixed numbers
Decimal addition and subtraction
Converting units of measure
Interpreting circle graphs
Converting Fractions to Decimals
Simple use of parentheses
Finding the Greatest Common Factor
Multiplying by two-digit numbers
The successful way to improve your child's understanding of math.
~The Rebecca Review
You'll want to read Rebecca's list of topics and her compliments. She's right. Pam Tee criticizes the book for its sparse explanations. She is correct that this book supplements a textbook and is not a "stand-alone" book. As such, it is top-notch. Below I will offer a couple of changes for your consideration. It is not nearly as cluttered as most textbooks which feature laborious explanations, which is a virtue.
This book will prepare your child to succeed in Algebra One with only a little further supplementation. Don't be so concerned with the "state tests;" help your child lay a solid computation foundation to score high on the SAT's. The authors do not offer any such guarantee, but 5th grade is the right age to start, with one page a day of this book at home.
When your book arrives, spend 30 minutes reading the answer pages in the back. You will see 8 pages at once, and will get an overview which will help you see how one lesson leads to the next. You will also find some helpful hints for parents, which helps to overcome Pam Tee's objections. Here follow my own hints.
Page 3 has a wonderful introduction to equvalent fractions.
Pages 28 and 29 are super. These are good pages to hand your child a calculator and show how to turn a fraction into a decimal. Do NOT write the decimal, but do write the percent near each fraction. Older students often do not see that a fraction, a decimal, and a percent are all identical; you just use the most convenient form for the job at hand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was just what my grandson needed to help him with some additional study.Published 3 months ago by P. Reedy
Have used this book to help my daughter learn times tables. There are other math subjects.....such as division....we will get there!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not totally aligned with the common core curriculum, close, but not exactly!Published 9 months ago by Desdemona
Purchased for my 5th grade daughter as a way to determine where she was struggling during timed math tests at school. Out of multiple math books, this book was by far the best. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C Mack