Math 5 Teacher Edition 4th Edition
The teacher’s edition provides lesson overviews, teaching notes, lesson problem solutions and answer keys for the student activities pages. Manipulatives are still important for concept understanding. Numerous instructional aids previously found in the Teacher Toolkit CD are now included in the back of the teacher edition. Reduced student pages are slightly larger than the previous edition in response to customer input.
The teacher edition uses manipulatives to develop the students’ knowledge of operations, whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Teaching guides introduce and develop pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, and data skills. Teaching notes incorporate ideas for other strategies and integrating technology, while solutions for lesson problems allow teachers to easily guide students through assignments. Answer keys for student activities pages are located after solutions and teaching guides for the daily review pages. Additional instructional aids are available in the back matter.
Following the same scope and sequence as the 3rd edition Math 5, the publisher has expanded teaching strategies, added teacher helps and integrated STEM lessons and group activities. Families who used the 3rd edition will appreciate the compatibility between the editions, and families new to Bob Jones Math will appreciate the comprehensive approach to math from a Biblical worldview. The teacher’s edition provides lesson overviews, teaching notes, lesson problem solutions and answer keys for the student activities pages. Manipulatives are still important for concept understanding. Numerous instructional aids previously found in the Teacher Toolkit CD are now included in the back of the teacher edition. Reduced student pages are slightly larger than the previous edition in response to customer input. The student worktext encourages mastery, while chapter opening articles and word problems emphasize a biblical worldview. STEM lessons with corresponding activities are also included. The daily review pages and cumulative reviews have been removed from the 4th edition student worktext. The activities book provides spiral review of concepts from previous chapters, with cumulative reviews. Daily reviews are available online (link is found in the teacher edition). Answers to the activities book are included in the teacher edition. The assessments include a test for each chapter. Answers are found in the assessments answer key. All student materials are consumable, and not reproducible. Components are available individually or in a homeschool kit, which includes the Teacher’s Edition, Worktext, Activities Book, Assessments and Assessment Answer Key.
Presentation of more complex concepts and problems in subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions, while continuing to practice earlier skills. Again, problem-solving skills are integrated in the course, developing math reasoning and judgement. Aviation theme.
A solid, thorough math curriculum at all levels. Concepts are taught at the concrete level in the elementary grades, with heavy use of manipulatives in the early grades (card stock manipulatives included).
Teacher editions have complete lesson plans, answers to text problems, manipulative instruction, and many suggestions for presenting and enriching the concepts covered in each lesson. Bob Jones supplies student worktexts through the 5th grade level. This is welcome news for those who have students who like color pages and are not ready to transfer work to their own paper. Starting in grade 6, softcover texts offer minimal space for writing. Students will need a separate notebook at these levels. One of the strengths of the BJU Press program is the teaching of concepts, rather than the rote approach. Christian principles, character traits, and practical application of math concepts are integrated throughout the program. Lessons are “spiraled”, meaning topics are reviewed throughout each level, delving a little deeper each time. Lesson exercises consist of practice for that lesson, not a review of previous lessons or chapters; they reappear in more complexity throughout the course, allowing the student ongoing practice.
A solid thorough curriculum at all levels. Concepts are taught at the concrete level, with heavy use of manipulatives in the early grades. Elementary program texts are particularly well done - colorful, good variety of skills, and on-grade-level. For those that want to use a more traditional, yet appealing, worktext series at the elementary level, this is perhaps the best.
Teacher editions have complete lesson plans and answers to text problems. If you are using Bob Jones as your basal math program, you will want to invest in them, as they provide the one-on-one instruction, manipulative instruction, and offer many suggestions for presenting and enriching the concepts covered in each lesson. If you are not using Bob Jones as the core of your math program, consider using the student workbooks as such. We have long used the Miquon Math series and find it very effective to use the Bob Jones workbooks alongside (plus some drill products for mastery of basic math facts). If you are planning to use a different program at upper levels, we have found the transition seamless. Bob Jones supplies student worktexts though the 4th grade. This is particularly welcome for those of us with students who are not ready for a hardbound, copy-and-work system this early. Starting in grade 5, texts are hardbound.
Many homeschoolers have opted to use Saxon Math at the upper levels, but, like any program, it doesn't satisfy everyone. If you are looking for an alternative, I suggest the Bob Jones texts. One of the strengths of the Bob Jones program is the teaching of concepts, rather than the rote how-to-solve-it approach. Also, Christian principles and character traits are assumed and integrated throughout the program. Each level is themed, providing a motivation learning context. Lessons are "spiraled", meaning topics are reviewed throughout each level, delving a little deeper each time. This is not the same as the "incremental" approach used by Saxon Math (see description). Lesson exercises consist mainly of practice for that lesson, not a review of previous lessons or chapters. However, topics are not covered, then left forever; they reappear in more complexity throughout the course, allowing the student continuing practice. The approach you prefer depends on your child. Some children may need more concentration on the topic at hand, and Bob Jones Math will appeal to this group. Like Saxon, the people at Bob Jones are ever-ready to assist you with any difficulties you may have, including access to textbook authors.
Relatively new is the revised Geometry book for grade 10. For those desiring to approach geometry as a separate course, this revised text will supply a solid option to the Jacobs text. For those students who are not interested in pursuing math beyond algebra or geometry, Bob Jones supplies a Consumer Math course that presents math required for practical living. While there is no separate calculus course, the Advanced Math text does introduce the college-bound student to calculus.