Sunday, August 5, 2012

Math Word Problems in 15 Minutes a Day

Bibliographic Information: Math word problems in 15 minutes a day.  (2009).  New York: LearningExpress.
ISBN:  978-1-57685-691-8

Plot Summary: This excellent math study companion begins with a pretest which indicates what each student should be focusing on. The book is made up of 30 lessons that are broken into five sections. Each section builds on itself and allows the student to see how each lesson is interconnected. The chapters are also full of tips and examples that make figuring out the world problems both easier and fun. The book ends with a "posttest" that shows the student just how far they have progressed from day one. The book also includes a small glossary if a student doesn't understand a particular word or concept. 

Critical Evaluation: N/A

Reader’s Annotation:
Learn how to do math problems better and faster by practicing just 15 minutes a day!  

Information About the Author:
LearningExpress, LLC is an educational technology company that works hard to help students and adults improve their skills from the bottom up ( Company Overview, 2012). LearningExpress, LLC works with 4,000 public libraries, 5,000 schools, and 1,2000 colleges across Canada and the United States ( Company Overview, 2012).

LearningExpress, LLC also offers the following books: Learning in 20 Minutes series, Learning in 15 Minutes a Day series, 501 Questions, Resumes That Get You Hired, and ob Interviews That Get You Hired
( -Books & eBooks, 2012).


Curriculum Ties:  Can be used in a lesson on math word problems.

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Reading Level/Interest Age: YA (Follett's Titlewave, 2012) 

Challenge Issues: No challenge issues.

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Why did you include this book in the titles you selected?:
It was noted in 2009 by the Wall Street Journal that fewer than four out of 10, 4th to 8th grade students are proficient in math (Tomsho, 2012). This makes it extremely important to provide books that help students further develop their mathematical skills. Word problems also appear on many standardized tests. It is crucial to help children gain the confidence and skills necessary to complete these types of problems.

Reference Page:

Follett's Titlewave.  (2012).  Math Word Problems in 15 Minutes a Day. Retrieved August 5, 2012 from Follett's Titlewave iPhone App.  (2012).  Books & eBooks.  Retrieved August 5, 2012 from  (2012).  Company overview.  Retrieved August 5, 2012 from 

Tomsho, R.  (2009).  U. S. math scores hit a wall.  Retrieved August 5, 2012 from

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