Problem Solving Beyond the Classroom Primary 4
The Problem Solving Beyond the Classroom series is based on the latest syllabus of the Singapore Ministry of Education and is written exclusively for primary students to systematically develop competency in thinking skills and problem-solving heuristics.
The six books in the series help students become better problem solvers using Singapore Math®'s "4-Step Thinking Process":
- By explicitly teaching heuristic strategies, this seriespromotes mathematical thinking and problem-solvingcompetency.
- Applies these four steps:
- Understand the problem.
- Decide on an approach.
- Use the selected approachto solve the problem.
- Check the solution.
- Offers students both a variety of mathematical problemsand detailed worked examples, which include tips for guidedhigher-level thinking.
This "4-Step Thinking Process" breaks down learning objectives in a way that is easy for students to digest as they build their foundation in math.
With extra word problems, finding patterns & making tables, your student learns to break down a problem into workable steps to get a solution. Each unit begins with a worked example, followed by steps to help the student understand the problem and then through directed questions the student must decide on an approach to solve it. Every page gives plenty of space to work in the book. The problems use relatable situations for a young student. The names chosen in the examples show cultural diversity. These would be a good supplement to any of the math programs using the Singapore method, but also other math teaching styles. In the lower grades, any parent should be able to pick up on the methodology, but in the upper grades it could be a little tricky if a parent is unfamiliar with some of the Singapore method vocabulary. A classroom teacher would need each student to have a book as these are not reproducible in any setting. All solutions in back. Marshall Cavendish,143 pp, sc. ~ Sara
Countries around the world first became interested in Singapore’s math curriculum when results of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) were published in 1995. Conducted by the International Study Center at Boston College, achievement tests in both math and science were administered to students in over 40 countries. Students from Singapore ranked highly in mathematics achievement: 1st in the fourth, seventh, and eighth grade levels and 2nd at the third grade level. Results for the U.S. were disappointing: 10th in the third grade, 11th in the fourth grade, 23rd in the seventh grade, and 27th at the eighth grade level. In a follow-up study in 1999, Singapore again ranked 1st in eighth grade math achievement while U.S. eighth graders ranked 19th. Although a first place ranking does not necessarily imply the best program, something about Singapore’s math program was working.
“Singapore Approach Math” is a general term referring to a type of mathematical instruction (i.e. curriculum) developed from a syllabus designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education in the 1980s. There were a number of revisions and the 3rd edition was the last edition used in Singapore. The good test scores were associated with this material and all of our Singapore Approach Math programs are based primarily on the 3rd edition although it is no longer available for sale. Components from different editions are not interchangeable but a student can move between the editions in-between levels.
Primary Math US (1-6) is an adaptation of the 3rd edition for use in the U.S. Although a small amount of content (division of fractions) from the 2nd edition was added back into the US edition, it is almost identical to the 3rd edition. The US edition adds sections for U.S. customary measurements and uses U.S. spelling and conventions. We expect this edition to be available indefinitely. ©2003
Primary Math S/E (Standards Edition) (K-6) was adapted to meet the pre-Common Core CA math standards. An additional amount of content (probability, data analysis, negative numbers, coordinate graphing) from the 2nd edition was added back in and topics were rearranged but it is similar to the US edition. Cumulative Reviews at the end of each Unit and practice sets within each unit were added. Textbooks are in color. ©2008 This edition includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math.
Primary Math CC (Common Core) (K-5) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is another adaptation of the 3rd edition. Only minor changes were made to the scope and sequence. Unit Reviews are no longer cumulative and Practices were removed although some of the content was incorporated into the lessons. ©2014 Includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math CC. This edition will be available for the foreseeable future.
Primary Math 2022 Edition (K-5) is a completely new revision retaining all the excellent teaching methods of the earlier Primary Math programs. Incorporating both cumulative assessments and challenging problem solving, mastery learning is emphasized. The scope and sequence is similar to previous editions and topics are aligned to state and national standards. ©2021-2022
New Elementary Math (7-8) is a no-frills program based on an older Singaporian program and covering integrated algebra and geometry. It’s considered a sequel to the Primary Math programs.
Math in Focus (K-8) was developed by Great Source (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in conjunction with Marshall Cavendish (the original publisher in Singapore). Although the basic instructional sequences are similar and the content is very close to the SE, material added to the most recent editions brings it into alignment with CC. Math in Focus has a more American look and “feel.” ©2010, 2014
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