Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry

Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry

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ISBN: 9780966621174
Grades: 4-6

This math system, designed by math teacher Richard Fisher over a 20-year period, will bring to light any "holes" or deficiencies in math skills. Each lesson is presented on a single page and is designed to be doable in 20 minutes. There are two "groups" of books in the series: one roughly leveled series of two books that incorporates multiple topics, and a topical series designed for grades 4-12. These books aren't colorful, but they have an unintimidating look that may make math practice more inviting. Book 1, Book 2 and Pre-Algebra also include access to online video tutorials (one per each lesson in the books). For additional audio-visual instruction, DVDs are also available for several of the books.

Book 1 and Book 2 offer five parts to each single-page lesson: speed drills, review exercises, teacher tips, new material, and a word problem, all of which fits into the 20-minute time frame. Students first complete the review exercises. These are generally only four problems per day that provide reinforcement of previously-learned math skills. Speed drills come next. These are always fact wheels with the center blank. You supply the "wild" addend or factor, based on your child's particular need for practice with certain fact families. New material is introduced next, along with "helpful hints" and examples. You should work the two sample problems with your child. Then, they complete the daily exercises (usually about ten) and word problem. Each book contains a "How to Use This Book" section, which makes it easy to use, and all solutions to exercises are included. Book 1 chapters include whole numbers; fractions; decimals; ratios, proportions and percents; geometry; number theory and algebra; integers; charts and graphs; probability and statistics; word problems and final review, all in 160 pages. Book 2 is divided into sections that cover more advanced aspects of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, integers, charts and graphs, word problems, and review. An answer key is included in Books 1 and 2. Consumable, approximately 144 pgs.

Topical book lessons have 4 key parts. They begin with a review exercise covering previously learned concepts. Helpful hints introduce the new material, then two sample problems are to be worked by the adult and the student, then students do problems on their own for practice. The last item of each lesson is one word problem for students to solve. There are usually about 10 practice problems except in the problem solving book which may have fewer. Each book ends with a Final Review and a Final Test over the content of that specific book.

The instructional DVDs which accompany these books feature the author, Richard Fisher, "America's Math Teacher," and can be purchased separately or with the books. They include thorough explanations and demonstrations on a white board of the concept or concepts for each lesson. There is over 6 hours of instruction on each of the DVDs, and they are intended to accompany the Mastering Essential Math Skills books. The format of the DVDs remind me a bit of the Saxon DIVE CDS, but these are written on white board using a black marker and Mr. Fisher uses red at times to make it easier to follow his explanations. His instruction consists of the information found in the "Helpful Hints" sections of the book with elaboration. These DVDs are instruction only and you will need the corresponding book for each student. - Linda / Donna




Category Description for PROGRAMS - OTHER:

While offering some instruction, these programs include less teaching material or do not cover the full range of grade-level skills that the comprehensive programs offer.


Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade Start
4
Grade End
6
ISBN
9780966621174
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Math Essentials
Weight
0.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Needed a Geometry class with less proofs and more constructing of geometric shapes. Hope this will be the answer.
Dawn M on Sep 3, 2018
For my 4th grader
Rosalie C on Feb 18, 2018
Needed a Geometry class with less proofs and more constructing of geometric shapes. Hope this will be the answer.
Dawn M on Sep 3, 2018
I have other books by Mr. Fisher.
Daniel W on Apr 12, 2018
For my 4th grader
Rosalie C on Feb 18, 2018
To help my student
Laura P on Nov 25, 2016
I need ideas for teaching the basic of geometry to students in my Math Essentials class at our Learning Center.
Carita C on Jun 18, 2016
I have other books by Mr. Fisher.
Daniel W on Apr 12, 2018
To help my student
Laura P on Nov 25, 2016
I am looking for a summer workbook for my 8th grader who will take high school Geometry next year. Would this be way too easy to serve as a review of basic geometry concepts for him? He did well in Algebra 1 this year and doesn't feel the need to review algebra concepts.
User on Jun 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These Math Essentials books would be wonderful to use as a review or even as an entire course. If your child is struggling with any specific math concepts, there is enough instruction and practice to thoroughly cover these topics. Without knowing the skill level of your 8th grader, I can't say this book would be too easy or not. However, based on what I've seen of the other books in this series, I would guess that it could be a good remediation.
This is listed as grades 4-12 and the cover photo does not show a grade. However, when I received the book it has Grades 4-6 in the top right hand corner. Wondering if this is acceptable for high school or not. Any ideas?
A shopper on May 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Grades 4-6 designation refers to the grade level at which these concepts are typically introduced. The Grades 4-12 designation indicates these can be used for remediation for upper levels. This book would not be adequate (acceptable) as a typical high school level geometry course.
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