**Arithmetricks**

by Jeri Cipriano

**For Grades 4-6 or anyone of any age (as young as 7) who enjoys math.** Unlock the magical powers of math with 85 problem-solving puzzles, fun games, and entertaining math tricks that students can use to amaze their friends, stump teachers, surprise their family, and even share at a math party! Best of all, the fun-filled activities reinforce mathematics concepts,
develop math skills, and build student confidence in math through hours of fun! Answers are included, making this an ideal self-check teaching tool.

**Brain Quest 1st Grade Math : 750 Problems Addition and Subtraction : The Basics : Book One Ages 6-7 **

by Marjorie Martinelli and Kimble Mead

The 1st Grade sets have five questions to a card and cover the basics of numbers; shapes and equivalents; addition and subtraction; measurements; and problem-solving. Two bound decks of 750 problems that are challenging without being impossible, and the answers often contain clues to getting them right in the future. Easily-frustrated kids might find it tempting to peek ahead, it's almost too easy to see the answers, but the friendly format can make math quite a bit less intimidating for new students. First - graders can really sharpen their skills. Brain Quest Math, using the same curriculum-based, question-and-answer format that has made Brain Quest America's #1 educational bestseller with over 16 million copies in print, Math concentrates on a subject that is of paramount importance for parents, teachers, and especially the kids. A superb idea. A pleasant way to learn and review early arithmetic principles.

**Brain Quest 2nd Grade Math : 1000 Problems, Operations and Challenges : The Basics : Deck One Ages 7-8 **

by Marjorie Martinelli and Kimble Mead

The 2nd Grade, set of 1000 in two bound decks, has seven questions per card and adds two new categories to the original five: Super Computation, which has more complicated operations, and Fun with Numbers. Two bound decks of 750 problems that are challenging without being impossible, and the answers often contain clues to getting them right in the future. Easily-frustrated kids might find it tempting to peek ahead, it's almost too easy to see the answers, but the friendly format can make math quite a bit less intimidating for new students. The questions are challenging without being impossible, and the answers often contain clues to getting them right in the future. Easily-frustrated kids might find it tempting to peek ahead, it's almost too easy to see the answers, but the friendly format can make math quite a bit less intimidating for new students. A superb idea. A pleasant way to learn and review early arithmetic principles.

**Brain Quest 3rd Grade Math: Problems, Operations and Challenges**

by Janet A. Mead, Kimble Mead, & Carolyn Vaughan

The 3rd grade set covers Numeration; Bits & Pieces, featuring decimals, fractions, and geometric shapes; Computation; Super Computation; Measurement; Problem Solving; and a grab bag of Fun with Numbers. Brain Quest Math, using the same curriculum-based, question-and-answer format that has made Brain Quest America's #1 educational bestseller with over 16 million copies in print, The Math Sets concentrate on a subject that is of paramount importance for parents, teachers, and especially the kids. Two bound decks contain 1000 problems and answers. The questions are challenging without being impossible, and the answers often contain clues to getting them right in the future. Easily-frustrated kids might find it tempting to peek ahead, it's almost too easy to see the answers, but the friendly format can make math quite a bit less intimidating for new students. A superb idea. A pleasant way to learn and review early arithmetic principles.

**Cuisenaire Rods Individual set**

I can't say enough about the Cuisenaire Rods. As a teaching tool that is well over 50 years old, it is the most superlative method for instructing students, K through 6, on the elements of arithmetic and beyond. I say arithmetic instead of mathematics because some words carry unintended baggage. Mathematics infers a higher level of the subject and therefore tends to intimidate many teachers and parents. As proof of its effectiveness, my son, not a genius, could do fractions at age 6. Rods are unique. Today, there are wonderful instruction books for teachers. They do require study but to do so ensures that your classes & you will revel in success for all.

**G is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book**

by David Schwartz, & Marissa Moss

**For all ages. **A large-format alphabet book. From abacus to zillion, detailed descriptions are combined with fun cartoons and watercolor-washed illustrations that bring math concepts down to earth. The humorous style Schwartz brought to How Much Is a Million? lightens the reading. How many people really know how much a googol is? What comes after a trillion? (Answer: a quadrillion, a quintillion, a sextillion,etc. (This information is filed under z is for zillion). Some other terms that are explained include: Fibonacci; exponent; and probability, as well as the less intimidating jupiter and diamond. While the alphabet format is more conducive to browsing than reference, there is a glossary of math terms in the back of the book.

**MathStart: Circus Shapes**

by Stuart J. Murphy

**For grades pre-school-K. **37 books (so far!), each dealing with an elementary mathematical matter. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. All illustrated in color. Both parents and teachers can use these books as "read to" books thereby killing 2 birds with one stone. Mathematical concepts can be absorbed while enjoying a good story. Strictly for preschoolers. Come one, come all to the circus and learn about shapes. Dancing bears, amusing monkeys, grand elephants, and elegant horses, squares, rectangles, circles, & triangles to readers.

**MathStart: Every Buddy Counts**

by Stuart Murphy

**For grades K-1. **37 books (so far!), each dealing with an elementary mathematical matter. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. All illustrated in color. Both parents and teachers can use these books as "read to" books thereby killing 2 birds with one stone. Mathematical concepts can be absorbed while enjoying a good story. You can start with one little hamster and keep counting past six slinky fish,eight favorite playmates, and more, all the way up to ten cuddly teddy bears. With buddies, counting is fun!

**MathStart: Game Time**

by Stuart Murphy

For grades 2-4. 37 books (so far!), each dealing with an elementary mathematical matter. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. All illustrated in color. Both parents and teachers can use these books as "read to" books thereby killing 2 birds with one stone. Mathematical concepts can be absorbed while enjoying a good story. Designed to teach time measurement, the book introduces weeks, hours, and parts of hours.

**MathStart: Pair of Socks**

by Stuart Murphy

**For grades K-1. **37 books (so far!), each dealing with an elementary mathematical matter. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. All illustrated in color. Both parents and teachers can use these books as "read to" books thereby killing 2 birds with one stone. Mathematical concepts can be absorbed while enjoying a good story. Does a polka-dotted sock match a striped sock? Young children will learn about matching, an important early math skill, as a lonely striped sock searches the house for its mate. They may even be inspired to practice this skill in their own sock drawers! Teachers and lesson-minded parents will appreciate the activities and books suggested to extend the learning about pairs, patterns, and differences.

**MathStart:Rabbit's Pajamas Party**

by Stuart Murphy

**For grades 2-4. **37 books (so far!), each dealing with an elementary mathematical matter. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. All illustrated in color. Both parents and teachers can use these books as "read to" books thereby killing 2 birds with one stone. Mathematical concepts can be absorbed while enjoying a good story. A quick take on sequencing, although almost any story with a beginning, middle, and end would serve as well. "What Happened at Rabbit's Pajamas Party?" to prompt children to think about what happened first, next, and last.

**MathStart: Super Sandcastle Saturday**

by Stuart Murphy

**For grades 4-5. **37 books (so far!), each dealing with an elementary mathematical matter. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math. All illustrated in color. Both parents and teachers can use these books as "read to" books thereby killing 2 birds with one stone. Mathematical concepts can be absorbed while enjoying a good story. This entry explores the hazards of measuring in nonstandard units. Wielding a tape measure, Larry explains why inches are more reliable units than spoons, etc. With the small type activity notes at the end, this makes a pleasant, painless way for children (and dare we say adults?) to pick up some basic math methodology.

**Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure**

by Cindy Neuschwander & Wayne Geehan

**For grades 4 through 7. **One of the most creative presentations of mathematics ever written. The book is a very clever, attention-getting way of presenting geometric shapes. When King Arthur and his knights get together, the table they have is so long that everyone has to shout to be heard. A rectangular table is too long and a triangular table is too pointy, but somehow they must sit down and discuss the shape of the future. Join a knight called Sir Cumference, his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius as they use different strategies to solve this quandary. The book ends by tying the definition of circumference, radius and diameter to the names and actions of the main characters in the story.

**Sir Cumference & the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure**

by Cindy Neuschwander & Wayne Geehan

**For grades 4 through 7. **Another clever introduction, this time to Pi, a number constantly used but whose derivation is not often remembered by most adults. The ideas are clear and playfully woven into the plot. Using the dragon as a character, this book is animated, informative, and an effective educational tool.

**Tic-Tac-Toe Math Grades 3-4**

by Dave Clark

Now there are more of these fun, reproducible problems in a tic-tac-toe game format. Perfect for warm-ups or extra credit, the problems cover money, time, estimation, fractions, decimals, geometry, statistics, probability, algebra, and more. Students practice problem-solving techniques such as guess-and -heck, look for a pattern, and work backward. Skills planner and answers are included.

**Tic-Tac-Toe Math Grades 5-9**

by Dave Clark

Now there are more of these fun, reproducible problems in a tic-tac-toe game format. Perfect for warm-ups or extra credit, the problems cover money, time, estimation, fractions, decimals, geometry, statistics, probability, algebra, and more. Students practice problem-solving techniques such as guess-and check, look for a pattern, and work backward. Skills planner and answers are included.

**More Tic-Tac-Toe Math Grades 5-9**

by Dave Clark

Now there are more of these fun, reproducible problems in a tic-tac-toe game format. Perfect for warm-ups or extra credit, the problems cover money, time, estimation, fractions, decimals, geometry, statistics, probability, algebra, and more. Students practice problem-solving techniques such as guess-and check, look for a pattern, and work backward. Skills planner and answers are included.