From the Back Cover
Here is a super collection of over 650 ready–to–use math starters that get kids quickly focused and working on math as soon as they enter your classroom! Perfect for any math curriculum, these high–interest problems spark involvement in the day′s lesson, help students build skills, and allow you to handle daily management tasks without wasting valuable instructional time. For easy use all of the math–starter problems are printed in a big 8 ¼" x 11" lay–flat format for photocopying and organized in two parts: Part I, "Making Math Starters a Part of Your Program" gives you practical suggestions for implementing math starters in your teaching routine, including tips on evaluation, class management, setting up cooperative groups, and more. Part II, "MATH Starters" provides six collections of math–starter problems related to six major areas of secondary math. Following is a brief overview of what you′ll find for each math areas: WHOLE NUMBERS: THEORY & OPERATIONS 86 problems like "Perfect Squares," "Emirps," "Divisibility by 11," and "Symbols" covering types of numbers, basic operations, rules for divisibility, multiple, greatest common factors and other topics FRACTIONS, DECIMALS & PERCENTS 122 starters such as "Comparing Fractions & Decimals," "Equivalencies" and "Finding a Number When the Percent of It Is Unknown" MEASUREMENT 7% problems using English and metric measurements, time temperature and other measures, including "Obsolete Units" (cubics & spans), "The 24–Hour Clock," "Cords of Wood," "Parsecs and Light Years," and "Computer Memory" GEOMETRY 130 starters such as "Types of Angles," "Convex Polygrams," "Generating Pythagorean Triples," and "Identifying Trapezoids and Parallelograms" ALGEBRA 128 problems, prealgebra and up, such as "The Number Line," "Adding and Subtracting Integers," "Finding the Slope," and "Finding the GCF of Monomials" POTPOURRI 112 math starters on data analysis, probability, fractals, codes, vectors and more, such as "Number Ciphers," "Finding Simple Probability" and "Magic Squares" Complete answer keys for all math starters are provided in the "Answer Keys" at the end. Moreover to help you easily select problems to meet the diverse needs of your students, the difficulty level of each starter is denoted by one, two, or three stars for individual or group work. And as a further help, the skills in each of the books′s six sections of math starters follow a sequence common to most math curriculum.
About the Author
Gary Robert Muschla has over 23 years′ experience as a classroom teacher. He is a member of the Authors Guild and the National Writers Association and currently teaches at Appleby School in Sportswood, NJ. Judith A. Muschla has been a mathematics teacher in South River, NJ, for the past 23 years. She was the recipient of the 1990–91 Governor′s Teacher Recognition Program Award in New Jersey. The Muschlas previously co–authored The Math Teacher′s Book of Lists (Prentice Hall, 1995), and Hands–on Math Projects with Real–Life Applications (The Center for Applied Research in Education, 1996).