The Middle School
Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense
Ages ten to fourteen are the gateway years to high school and
college and are crucial to our children's advanced mathematics education. FAMILY
MATH: The Middle School Years contains provocative investigations to captivate
older students. Together, families unlock the mystery of algebra with entertaining,
nonthreatening activities. One favorite activity is called Flowerpots. By creating
a garden with beans, squares, triangles, and circles, families practice the algebraic
topic of solving simultaneous equations in two and three unknowns. Everyone will
enjoy activities such as Maya Mathematics, Four-Sock Drawers, and Math Behind the
Trick. Using this book will increase student readiness for high school mathematics
course work. Parents will learn the answers to: Are there ways to help my children
without being a math expert? and What are the implications of taking or not taking
eighth grade algebra? For families, classroom teachers, and anyone interested in
setting up a FAMILY MATH class.
Written by Virginia Thompson and Karen Mayfield-Ingram.
Preview this book.
Sample activity from the book: Explore the mathematics of Cats and Canaries!