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Math Stories for Problem Solving Success: Ready to Use Activities Based on Real Life Situations, Grades 6-12 (Jossey-Bass Teacher) Paperback – 18 Mar 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 2nd Revised edition edition (18 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787996300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787996307
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,293,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Math Stories forProblem Solving Success

Ready–to–Use Activities Based on Real–Life Situations, Grades 6–12, 2nd Edition

This second edition of the popular math teaching resource book Math Stories for Problem Solving Success offers updated true–to–life situations designed to motivate teenagers to use math skills for solving everyday problems. The book features intriguing short stories followed by sets of problems related to the stories that are correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Each of the easy–to–read stories is followed by three increasingly difficult groups of problem sets. This makes it simple for teachers to select the appropriate problem set for students of different abilities and at different grade levels.?To further enhance student involvement, the stories feature recurring characters and can be used either sequentially or out of order. The problems in the book cover many basic math topics, including decimals, fractions, and percents; measurement; geometry; data, statistics, and probability; algebra; and problem solving.

In addition to having all the answers, an Answer Key at the end of the book offers explanations and background information about the problems that can be helpful to both teachers and students.

Math Stories for Problem Solving Success will help you show students that math is something they are already using every day.

Praise for Math Stories for Problem Solving Success

"Math Stories for Problem Solving Success is a user–friendly and interactive mathematics resource for teachers and students. The matrix used in the table of contents is effective for finding topics, content, and levels quickly and easily. Varying levels of each problem assist in meeting the needs of all students as is necessary in a differentiated classroom setting. A great resource for today′s mathematics educators!"
—Danielle Briggs, middle school mathematics teacher, Tulare, California

"What a powerful teaching tool! With every activity, students see clearly the power and relevance of mathematics while developing both their numeracy and literacy."
—Laurie Kincheloe, mathematics instructor, Butte College, Oroville, California

About the Author

James L. Overholt, Ed.D., has over 30 years of teaching experience and is currently Professor of Education at California State University, Chico, where he specializes in mathematics education for both practicing and prospective teachers.

Nancy H. Aaberg, M.Ed., also with over 30 years of experience as a public school educator, is now the Superintendent of Schools for the Yuba City Unified School District in Yuba City, California.

James F. Lindsey, Ed.D., taught in the upper grades of elementary school; high school music, social studies, and mathematics; and was a principal. In addition, he served as Professor of Education for 21 years at California State University, Chico, at which he is now Professor Emeritus.

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Format: Paperback
I love the idea behind this book. It contains a series of short (1 or 2 page) stories about real life events, followed by a series of comprehension and follow-on activities requiring maths skills. For each story, there are 3 levels of questions, suitable for different ability levels. In principle, this is a great way to combine literacy and numeracy, and to show real world applications of maths. Unfortunately the content is just too American, with almost every story containing US units of measure, sports terms, or economic concepts such as sales taxes. A British version would fill a gap in the market, but this book isn't really usable for British schoolkids.
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3.0 out of 5 stars math problems are great, but beware the storyline... 17 Jan. 2010
By guarddog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We were looking for a good math word problem book and came across this one at the local book store. The concept is great: have a story in paragraph form, followed by three sets of word problems related to the story (A is easiest, B is harder, C is hardest). Furthermore, there is a multi-threaded storyline that ties each story together.

Unfortunately, the subject matter of the storyline is a bit too much. For instance, it starts off about a girl whose father just passed away due to a construction accident and she and her mother must move in with her aunt to get by. They meet a boy who was just kicked out of his home and dropped out of school. The second story is about how the boy steals food from a vending machine and then decides to rob a local Burger King! He gets arrested and ends up doing community service to pay for damages.

I suspect the book was written so that certain portions of the population could relate with the storyline, thereby gaining more interest in the math. However, our family simply found it too much primetime-TV like.

It would be great if someone could have incorporated a more innocent storyline.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice resource 10 April 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Finding adult appropriate materials at the right level for intermediate Adult Ed can be challenging. I like this book because it's not TOO juvenile and it's contextual and relatable for my students. They've loved the 3 units we've done and I look forward to using it for the rest of this year.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! If only there were more time! 27 May 2010
By M. Schlesener-Stratton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is absolutely awesome. No student can ever ask, "when will I use this?" with this book in your arsenal. I just wish there was more time in the class day to incoorporate more of this book. I've only used the first couple of lessons, but they use algebra, finance, and application skills. Fantastic!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Sept. 2014
By L Poole - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book for practicing solving math problems at my current level of need.
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 29 Mar. 2012
By Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is awesome. Kids love the stories. A great way to incorporate reading and math in your classroom. I love the leveled questions. A perfect way to differentiate.
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