Review by: Lisa Englard - March 28, 2016
Advanced Common Core Math Explorations: Fractions offers a sequenced collection of nine ready-to-use explorations, targeted to gifted and talented students in grades 5–8, but accessible to any student who would like to pursue the challenge.
Each exploration begins with an introduction that lists materials, prior knowledge, learning goals, and advice on the launch. The Student Handout presents the three increasingly challenging stages of the exploration. A Teacher's Guide offers questions and conversations, anticipated misconceptions, solution strategies, and suggested feedback. An e-booklet, which is available at the publisher's website, includes more detailed suggestions and tools for implementation, including effective teaching practices, parent communication, mathematical communication, and assessment issues.
I recommend this book because of its challenging student explorations and for the wealth of teacher content and pedagogical professional development.
Review by: Karen Bloom, MiddleWeb - November 5, 2015
Our advanced learners may feel like fractions are easy or boring, but not anymore! With these explorations, they can go as far as any mathematician to understanding the complexity of fractions of wholes . . . Burkhart’s book will help us challenge ourselves, teachers and learners, by engaging all of us with interesting questions that lead us to deep understanding. I highly recommend this book and look forward to trying out the explorations with my students.
Review: Midwest Book Review - July 1, 2015
Exceptionally ‘student friendly’ in organization and presentation, “Advanced Common Core Math Explorations: Fractions” is very highly recommended for school math class curriculums and would be appropriate as a home schooling based fractions workbook as well.