Author: Theresa R. Fitzgerald
Product Code: 449
ISBN: 978-1-59363-644-9
Pages: 232
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Equipped with this handy reference of more than 400 full-color, illustrated definitions, children will be able to quickly find the definitions and illustrated examples that will enable them to solve many of the math challenges they face. Covering everything from "addend" to "zero," the updated edition of the best-selling Math Dictionary for Kids gives students in grades 4–9 definitions, illustrations, and examples that can help them solve math problems.

This handbook includes illustrated, concise explanations of the most common terms used in general math classes, categorized by subjects that include measurement, algebra, geometry, fractions and decimals, statistics and probability, and problem solving. This newly updated edition also discusses how students can use manipulatives and basic math tools to improve their understanding and includes handy measurement conversion tables.

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Review by: Stephanie Farnlacher, School Library Journal - October 1, 2011
This title is worth purchasing even for libraries that own a previous edition, and is a worthy addition to classroom shelves as well as it gives teachers another tool for teaching these sometimes elusive concepts.
Review by: Nicki Newton, Dr. Nicki's Guided Math Blog - September 8, 2011
The new Math Dictionary for Kids, The Essential Guide to Math Terms, Strategies and Tables by Theresa R. Fitzgerald is just what I have been looking for! It is geared for students in grades 4 through 9 and filled with many useful math terms and strategies. I especially like that it has its own Quick Reference Guided to Fractions, especially since this is one of the areas of emphasis in the new National Math Common Core.
Review by: Sol Lederman, Wild About Math - August 13, 2011
Math Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Math Terms, Strategies, and Tables is a great reference book that I think should be on every kid's bookshelf . . . As one would expect from any good dictionary, this one covers plenty of vocabulary terms that any child (and parent) should know.
Review by: Wendy Lindsey, The Homeschooling Blog - August 9, 2011
The Math Dictionary for Kids is an excellent resource not just for your developing student, but also a valuable asset for any teacher, homeschooler, or tutor. If you have a classroom where math is taught, you'll no doubt benefit from this information-packed mathematical dictionary.
Review by: Mary Mueller, Guided Math - August 3, 2011
I definitely can see this book being utilized in the classroom but where I see the need for this book is at home . . . This math dictionary would definitely serve as a great reference for both student and parent in and out of the classroom.
Review: Dad of Divas - August 2, 2011
I could see this book not only used by teachers and students, but also by parents or grandparents who assist their children with their math.This book should definitely be a resource available in all our grades levels from fourth through ninth grades. The book contains the vocabulary necessary for understanding what the problem is . . . It provides many clear and easy to read examples and illustrations in each category.
Review by: Ashley Cross, Teaching Happily Ever After - July 30, 2011
So, if you need a great book to reinforce academic vocabulary for math, this is it! This book would be an excellent addition to any teacher's library and is also a great homework helper for older students (3rd grade and up). I would highly recommend this book for any teacher!
Review by: Heidi Brewer, East Valley Parenting Advice Examiner - July 27, 2011
Each of these sections includes headers and color coding at the top of the page to help kids easily find the page they are looking for. It has many diagrams, tables, pictures and examples to further help the reader understand the concepts . . . This book is highly recommended for classroom and home use.
Review by: Beth Hendrickson, Teaching Children Mathematics - January 1, 2008
My students were impressed with the explanations of symbols and the ease of use. They also appreciated the fact that the book showed examples of processes rather than just giving definitions.
Review by: John Eichinger, School Science and Mathematics - October 1, 2007
Math Dictionary for Kids may be used effectively in a variety of ways. It would definitely be an often sought reference book in any grade 4–9 math classroom, but it offers much more than simple definitions. The book’s clear style and inclusion of many strategies for success in problem solving make it well adapted for independent instruction. In fact, math educators looking to transcend the pedantic and repetitive pseudo-pedagogy that currently benumbs so many of our K–12 classrooms might find Math Dictionary for Kids to be a welcome resource for creative, content-based lesson enhancement. At the very least, it would be a welcome supplement to any math program. The book could be particularly valuable in multi-grade settings and/or classrooms with a wide range of student achievement levels or learning styles. That is, students who readily recall that a “transversal” constitutes “a straight line that intersects, or crosses, a set of lines,” and those who don’t, are likely, along with their teachers, to appreciate the style, content, and support of Theresa R. Fitzgerald's Math Dictionary for Kids.
Review by: Sue LeBeau, Audrey W. Clark School - January 1, 2007
This resource is much more than a compilation of mathematical terms. It lists terms and their definitions by such mathematical topics as measurement and geometry but also includes examples and illustrations. The illustrations are simple and clear and easy for most students to understand.

The terms in each category are comprehensive and will contribute to any student’s knowledge base in mathematics as well as complement most teachers’ lessons. The mathematical topics that the book covers most often are taught in the later elementary and middle school years. They include general topics such as numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, fractions, and problem solving. The end of the book includes numerous handy reference sections such as formulas, tables, charts, and an index.

When students encounter clear and concise illustrations and explanations of terms such as those in this book, they often retain the concept for a longer period of time. I strongly recommend that both students and mathematics teachers use this book. It can serve not only as a student reference, but also as a reference for teachers.

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