- 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Primary Grade Challenge Math
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave this book to my gifted 5yo son and he was able to self taught with the brief concept explanation in the beginning of each chapter and complete all level of questions with... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Tzu Y Ou
When differentiating for math, I believe that children should not just "go ahead" or "help others". Read morePublished 2 months ago by lyuodsnukis
The problems are extremely dull and there are too many of them. This book will only contribute to kids' perception that math is really boring.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
When I first received the book, I flipped through and was a little discouraged. At first glance, I thought the material would be way too hard for my son, who is working on the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by tlynne
Has quick lesson tips in dialogue boxes and then 3 levels of practice difficulty. Levels 1and 2 are pretty basic but still challenging at first for my 2nd grade gifted kids. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Midnight Reader