Upper Elementary Challenge Math
I love the line on the front cover: "Math is often taught as all scales and no music. This book contains the music!" Our math study is indeed lacking if we don't see how it can be used to do wonderful things. The book's first premise is that we learn through being challenged. Students, secondly, should be presented with these challenges in ways that intriguingly connect math and the real world. Each chapter introduces concepts and discusses the real world situation using a charming animal companion and an Einstein-like character drawn in black and white cartoons. The formula and key processes they discuss are highlighted on a drawn chalkboard. The 21 chapters each pull from a wide variety of topics: astronomy, problem solving, algebra, probability, ratios, perimeter and circumference, area, volume, analogies, speed, bases and more. First in each chapter come problem sets. You can easily select the difficulty of problems to specifically challenge your student. All material covers four different levels of difficulty: easy, somewhat challenging, challenging and very challenging. Each problem set has "warm up" exercises with one problem for each of the four different levels. After a few pages of problem sets come extended sets of questions at each level--a good handful (5 or so) of questions per level. Answers are provided in full and comprise 125 pages of the book. Pages are reproducible for classroom use. 398 pp, sc. ~ Ruth
Teachers and parents who have used Challenge Math and Primary Grade Challenge Math have asked for a book for students whose skill levels fall in between these two popular resources for high ability learners. Upper Elementary Challenge Math is designed for those students in grades 3-5 who need more challenging material than they typically encounter in most math curriculums. As in other Zaccaro math books, problems are presented at 4 levels of difficulty after each chapters instruction. In addition, each chapter includes multiple problem sets in which a single problem type is presented in increasingly complex steps, illustrating how a simpler problem can progress from 1 step to multi-step problem solving. Detailed answer section. Reproducible. Soft cover.
Some kids have a natural talent for mathematics. It doesn't take much explaining before they're nodding or saying, "I've got it." Then they're off, racing through their homework at lightning speed. It's not much of a challenge and frankly, kind of boring. That's where Challenge Math comes into play. These books are a great resource for finding topics and problems that will spark their interest and challenge their math and problem solving skills. Though referred to as a curriculum, I think it is best used as a supplement. For instance, if you're teaching a unit on multiplication, you could refer to the multiplication, exponents, area, or distance chapters for some interesting problems. Each chapter begins with instruction so the student has the necessary background to solve the upcoming problems. The text uses fun cartoon characters and language that is easy to understand. At the end of each chapter, there are problems which are grouped by level of difficulty. The Primary Grade book has four levels: easy, somewhat challenging, challenging, and very challenging. In Challenge Math, there are only three levels: challenging, very challenging, and extremely challenging. ~ Anh