Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mystery Math - A First Book of Algebra

Mystery Math - A First Book of Algebra  by David A. Adler is a great source to combine math and a fun, spooky holiday. It's also a great help in introducing ALGEBRA VOCABULARY to young math students.

The math vocabulary used in the book includes:
  • equation
  • equal sign
  • equal
  • variable
  • symbol
  • algebra
  • add
  • subtract
  • multiply
  • divide
  • word problems
  • algebra equations

In order to use the whole book, students need to understand all 4 operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide). The beginning of the book could be used with younger students who understand addition and subtraction.

I like how the introduction compares an equation to a seesaw (both sides must be balanced).

The last two lines of the book are perfect for the message of the book. "Solving mysteries is fun! Algebra helps you solve math mysteries." The illustrations by Edward Miller are perfect for a spooky math lesson!

Also included in the book of the book is a set of directions to make a balance scale with a coat hanger and pennies so that students can clearly visualize an EQUATION.

This is the perfect season to read this book about a creepy haunted house with your students!

Have fun!

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