Mathematical Reasoning Level C (Gr. 2)

Mathematical Reasoning Level C (Gr. 2)

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Item #: 001760
ISBN: 9780894555008
Grades: 2

Publisher Description:

Forget boring math lessons and dreaded drill sheets. This fun, colorful 320-page book uses engaging lessons with easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and charts to make second grade mathematical concepts easy to understand. It can be used as a textbook or a comprehensive workbook with your textbook to teach the math skills and concepts that students are expected to know in second grade—and several concepts normally taught in third grade. This book emphasizes problem-solving and computation to build for success in higher-level math and math assessments. Every lesson is followed with a variety of fun, colorful activities to ensure concept mastery. The lessons and activities spiral slowly, allowing students to become comfortable with concepts, but also challenging them to continue building their problem-solving skills. This book teaches more than mathematical concepts; it teaches mathematical reasoning, so students learn to devise different strategies to solve a wide variety of math problems. It is written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


  • Action
  • Addends
  • Addition
  • Age
  • Analyze Data
  • Bar Graph
  • Calendar
  • Capacity
  • Circle Graphs
  • Coins
  • Congruence
  • Coordinates
  • Count
  • Division
  • Estimate
  • Expanded Notation
  • Fractions
  • Graphs
  • Inequalities
  • Language
  • Length
  • Manipulative
  • Match
  • Money
  • Multiplication
  • Number Lines
  • Odd/Even
  • Order
  • Patterns
  • Perimeter
  • Perpendicular
  • Place Value
  • Prediction
  • Probability
  • Real World Problems
  • Regrouping
  • Rounding
  • Rulers
  • Shapes
  • Subtraction
  • Survey
  • Symmetry
  • Tables
  • Temperature
  • Time
  • Variables
  • Weight
  • Whole Numbers

Category Description for Mathematical Reasoning (Gr. PK-9):

At such an early age, mathematical reasoning begins with simple activities such as distinguishing between even or odd amounts and learning the ordinal numbers. This series is correlated to the NCTM standards and accordingly incorporates topics such as patterns, number concepts/number lines, graphs, fractions, probability, geometry, and problem solving, as well as basic operations. The full color activity sheets should especially appeal to the younger student. Not only are the illustrations eye-catching, but they do an excellent job of demonstrating mathematical representations and relationships. Although manipulatives are not required, a link to a virtual manipulative website is provided in case additional concrete level reinforcement is needed. A wide variety of exercises and activities are utilized to keep your child both interested and motivated. For instance, Thinker Doodles and Mind Benders activities from parent company Critical Thinking are scattered throughout.

Beginning 1 focuses on numbers 1-5 while Beginning 2 focuses on 0-10, and they are intended for use with 3 and 4 year olds. The concepts are presented in a spiral fashion, so students will see the concept repeated at different intervals throughout the book. In most cases, children who finish these first two books should be ready to tackle kindergarten math.

Books A through F are for grades kindergarten through 5th grade, and can be used as core math curriculum. We also like to recommend them as a critical thinking supplement for any math program that is light in that particular area. These books incorporate the same spiral approach found in the Beginning books. Level G has been added for 6th grade and goes beyond drill and practice. It incorporates discussion-based problem solving to prepare students for the reasoning required for upper-level math.

Book 2 of the original series, Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis, can be used after the series as a supplement to your math curriculum. A more analytical or math reasoning approach is needed for higher level math and this book will help fill that need. This book can also be used as a reference and resource tool to fill in gaps. Since the book is nicely organized by "strands" (topics), and, additionally, into subtopics, you can easily find problem solving exercises to help repair any deficiency detected or an alternate way of teaching a concept (useful if your child has developed a case of "math block" to understanding a particular concept). Topics cover the entire realm of elementary math: understanding numbers, counting, sequencing, geometry, basic arithmetic operations, measurement, numerical comparisons (greater than, less than, equal to), and tables and graphs. The teacher's manual contains teaching suggestions and the answers. These books are reproducible for family use and range in length from 240-380+ pages.


Primary Subject
Trade Paper
6 to 7
Paperback Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
2.2 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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This series is great for taking on the go and good at explaining in a tactile style without actually having math manuipulatives on hand.
Howard C on Aug 3, 2022
To supplement our main math (rod and staff)
Alyssa B on Jun 1, 2021
This series is great for taking on the go and good at explaining in a tactile style without actually having math manuipulatives on hand.
Howard C on Aug 3, 2022
These books are open and go. Just the right amount of math mixed with fun thinking puzzles.
Kerri M on May 9, 2022
To supplement our main math (rod and staff)
Alyssa B on Jun 1, 2021
Love their math program!
Stephanie B on Jul 10, 2020
Clear, concise and engaging math curriculum. This is our third year using it!
Laura V on Aug 26, 2019
supplemental math activity
Kristen F on Apr 21, 2019
I really like this math series. There is a lot of variety in the books and our children are able to work on them on their own. Along with being very thorough, they are colorful and fun!
Cherise on Mar 29, 2019
I enjoyed the early levels and want to continue. I enjoy the visual layout.
Melissa N on Oct 13, 2018
I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this product line. We will be adding it to our additional math curriculum.
Rebecca M on Oct 10, 2018
I like the critical thinking woven into the typical math content.
Jennifer G on Aug 29, 2018
It was recommended by our Global Village School's Education Specialist for our son.
Ami R on May 25, 2017
math practice for my homeschooled children
VICTORIA M on Dec 30, 2016
This is a comprehensive math curriculum. I enjoy the skill building activities which allow the student to learn and have fun.
Cheryl D on Sep 19, 2016
have a wiggly boy and since we started this he does 3 to 8 pages a day on his own. one day he did 12 pages. he loves it. he is 7 years old
julie f on Sep 11, 2016
great math program that also improves critical thinking skills
Bernard F on Sep 8, 2016
Advanced 5 year old loves math.
Debbie B on Oct 10, 2015
These books are open and go. Just the right amount of math mixed with fun thinking puzzles.
Kerri M on May 9, 2022
Love their math program!
Stephanie B on Jul 10, 2020
My daughter struggles in math and is behind. How should I choose a level for her from these books? Mathematical Reasoning
A shopper on Jul 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think these books are pretty on par with grade level (Level C being 2nd Grade). My daughter LOVES these books! I think these books are wonderful, but I would also recommend JUMP! At Home workbooks as well if your daughter is struggling - they seem to go a little slower and in more detail. I homeschool and my daughter does both JUMP and Mathematical Reasoning books at the same time and loves them both!
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Rated 3 out of 5
I liked it less as time went on.
I initially loved that so much critical thinking was taught in this curriculum. However, it became too focused on that and did not focus enough on the actual math. There was too much creative problem solving and not enough arithmetic. My least favorite feature is that when they are teaching time they have children match watching TV with a certain time. This apparently means that most people are watching TV at this time. I realize many are, but that is not what happens in our home and my child's math grade should not be dependant on whether they are used to watching TV most nights at 7:30. I did not like the math curriculum making that the norm.
June 3, 2021

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