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PreAlgebra Blastoff!: Understand Positive and Negative Numbers, Grades 3-8 Paperback – January 1, 2010
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About the Author
Josh Rappaport runs the Now I Get It! Tutoring Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a longtime tutor, Josh has heard just about every question about math ever uttered. To help children, Josh relates math's complexities to life situations through playful analogies. Josh put his ideas together in the Algebra Survival Guide, winner of a Parents Choice commendation. The Guide has been used by individuals, schools and school districts across the United States.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is written for children, and I think it would be wonderful for kids, I so wish I was taught the concept like this to begin with. They use manipulatives to cement the the concept, which it really useful for kids. It takes an abstract concept and brings it into the real world. Being an adult I didn't actually use the manipulatives, but the explanation about why they work was invaluable to me.
They use a comic book style to explain each new step, and start out really simply, but if you were taught the traditional way it is a shift in how to look at negative numbers. It blew my mind a little at first, but in a really good way! As an adult the comic book part is a bit weird at first, but it really is a great way to show what they want you to understand without the risk of confusing someone with paragraphs of text, this is true especially for kids, but since it was a major shift in the way I understood the numbers it was very helpful for me to see it illustrated and not just written out.
The problems are broken up into a set of manipulative work with a mat you can copy and use, if you need it, and then a set to just do on paper. When you switch to the paper work you are given a rule to help you remember how to handle the problem, which is helpful for retention.Read more ›
The book opens with a cool comic about positrons and negitrons (positive and negative number creatures), and then is followed by some lessons and tips. There are 2 games at the end of the book.
Each magic tip has a lesson to go with it. The book outlines everything very carefully and moves at a slow pace. We skipped in some areas but some students might need more and it's there. My son wanted to do some lessons and get another comic but the book didn't work that way.
There are a couple games in the back of the book though. I didn't think they were anything special but my 8YO thought they were amusing.
This book does not ship from Amazon. Ours was shipped in a brown paper envelope which allowed the book to get all bent up. I had to put it under some heavy books for a few days to get the wrinkles out enough to use it. Try to get if from a local bookstore if you can.