**Adventures in Group Theory**

by David Joyner

The author uses mathematical toys (primarily Rubik's cube, the Megaminx, the Pyraminx, etc.) as well as other mathematical examples (e.g. bell ringing) to breathe new life into a time-honored subject. Why should two such different topics, mechanical puzzles and abstract group theory, be related? This book takes the reader on an intellectual trip to answer this curiosity? It will prove to be an excellent supplementary text in any abstract algebra or group theory course.

**Calculus Made Easy**

by Thompson & Gardner

This book is for the **mathematically eager** who know some algebra. The 1st edition appeared anonymously in 1910 in England, and overall a million copies have been sold. Martin Gardner, himself an American mathematical landmark, says "This is the leanest and liveliest introduction to calculus ever written." He has modernized the language and the methods throughout, adding 3 new chapters, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems.

**A Different Kind of Teacher**

by John Taylor Gatto

He analyzes the roots of the modern American education system, detailing how it was designed to foster economic interests and facilitate management of the labor force. He then outlines ways to revitalize the system, advocating greater emphasis on critical analysis, creativity, practicality, and real-world exposure in the curriculum. He also calls on educators and administrators to acknowledge young people's need for a spiritual and ethical framework upon which to build a good life. As an award winning teacher from New York City, he is well worth a read.

**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.

**The Joy Of Mathematics - Discovering Mathematics All Around You**

by Theoni Pappas

If you think joy and mathematics don't belong in the same sentence, then you haven't met Theoni Pappas." Both of these books (refers to **More Joy...**) reveal just how math connects to the everyday world. Her books always have breadth, beauty and insight . They contain fascinating and valuable information for the curious student as well as for the seasoned researcher. **For teachers**, these are a marvelous pair of resource books. For those who teach grammar school, and must teach all subjects, these books give a fresh approach to a subject they are not always comfortable with. For students, they are a great source of interesting math problems.

**More Joy Of Mathematics - Exploring Mathematics All Around You**

by Theoni Pappas

If you think joy and mathematics don't belong in the same sentence, then you haven't met Theoni Pappas." Both of these books (refers to **Joy of...**) reveal just how math connects to the everyday world. Her books always have breadth, beauty and insight . They contain fascinating and valuable information for the curious student as well as for the seasoned researcher. For teachers, these are a marvelous pair of resource books. For those who teach grammar school, and must teach all subjects, these books give a fresh approach to a subject they are not always comfortable with. **For students**, they are a great source of interesting math problems.

**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.

**Teaching Gifted Kids in a Regular Classroom: Strategies and techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented (Revised & Updated Edition)**

by Susan Winebrenner & Pamela Espeland

A perennial best seller. Teachers everywhere call it "the orange Bible" and turn to it daily to make sure their gifted students are getting the learning opportunities they need and deserve. This revised, expanded, updated edition reflects her personal experiences and the changes that have taken place in education over the years. Her basic philosophy hasn't changed, and aa of it proven, practical, classroom-tested strategies teachers love are still there. But there's now an entire chapter on identifying gifted students. The step-by-step how-tos for using the strategies are more detailed and user-friendly. There's a new chapter especially for parents. And all of the forms in the book are also on CD-ROM (sold separately) so you can print them out and customize them for your classroom. Since 1992, Teaching Gifted Kids has been the definitive guide to meeting the learning needs of gifted students in the mixed-abillities classroom & without losing control, causing resentment, or spending hours preparing extra materials. This new edition is even better.

**Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Challenge and Motivate Struggling Students**

by Susan Winebrenner & Pamela Espeland

This is a very practical and valuable book for teachers. It has fairly comprehensive coverage, including 8 multiple intelligences, the teaching of reading, writing and math, authentic assessment, improving behavior, conflict resolution, enlisting parents as partners, etc. There are many case examples, and numerous techniques for each topic. Take spelling for example (p111-115). Students are taught to match spelling with their learning styles: visual, auditory, tactile-kinesthetic and multisensory. There are 5 or 6 more techniques for spelling. Susan pays attention to so many useful details. This book should be available in all primary teachers' libraries.

**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.