57 Great Math Stories and the Problems They Present, Grades 5 - 8

Alice Koziol
This book provides challenging, realistic, humorous, sometimes even whimsical problems. Each problem was carefully created to develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving strategies. Students are required to use mathematical ideas and concepts to find solutions to the problems that are created by the stories presented. A wide variety of computational skills including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents is reinforced. Each story is followed by thought-provoking and engaging questions. Students are encouraged to develop a variety of strategies to find the solutions. Stories can be used for individual work, in teams, and in cooperative learning groups.


Reviewed: 2019-05-17
While the premise of this book, and many of the stories and problem sets that follow each story, are all good, and all keyed to the NCTM standards, of course, I found it lacking in something that I suspect the kids will also find lacking: organic connectivity to the real world, for the most part. But it is, nevertheless, a good start.
9 November, 12016 HE
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