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Understanding Pre-Algebra

Middle School Mathematics

Grades: 6-8

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Grades: 6-8

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This book teaches and develops the math concepts and critical thinking skills necessary for success in Algebra I and future mathematics courses at the high school level.  It was written with the premise that students cannot problem-solve or take leaps of reasoning without understanding the concepts and elements that lead to discovery.  The author—with 35 years of experience teaching mathematics—is a firm believer that understanding leads to confidence and confidence gives students the resolve to succeed in higher level mathematics rather than fear it.  

It is standards-based, but what makes it different from other pre-algebra books is that it organizes concepts in a logical fashion, stressing practice and critical thinking. It avoids the mistakes—found in many other math books—of trying to teach new concepts before students receive the prerequisite skills and practice necessary for success. The concepts are presented clearly and in connection to other concepts. Math vocabulary is very important to success in higher mathematics, so this book includes easy-to-follow explanations and a user-friendly glossary.

CONTENTS

     •  Family of Numbers
     •  Working With Integers
     •  Working With Rational Numbers
     •  Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
     •  Percent Applications
     •  Algebraic Expressions
     •  Equations and Solving Word Problems
     •  Inequalities and Applications
     •  Understanding Square Roots and Irrational Numbers
     •  Two Dimensional Geometry
     •  Understanding Volume and Surface Area
     •  Graphing on the Coordinate Plane
     •  Transformations and Congruency
     •  Understanding Functions
     •  Probability and Statistics

Product Details

Item#: 06929BBP
Author(s): Terri Husted
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-909-7
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-909-2
Pages: 448, color, perforated

Awards

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - Homeschool Blue Ribbon Award for Favorite Middle School Product

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"This curriculum lives up to its name “Understanding Pre-Algebra”. It is not a textbook that gives you a lot of problems to do just to learn how to do the problems. It is a math book designed to help the student understand pre-algebra. It gets right to the point, encourages critical thinking, and helps the student think about math—not just learn a formula and solve a problem without understanding what they are doing.

Pros: A lot of color used. It includes a final examination, glossary, reference sheet, and answers to the problems. It speaks to the student like a conversation, not a “textbook”. It is a great way to accomplish a course in pre-algebra at a minimal cost.

Cons: Some students may need more problems to solidify concepts. While it provides the answers, it does not always explain how to solve the problems, so if the student doesn’t understand why they got the answer wrong, they may need outside help.

Overall, I highly recommend the curriculum. It does a fantastic job of covering all the material that is needed before Algebra. For those students that struggle with the idea of algebra, it provides a non-threatening curriculum; and if a student needs more practice, there are many online worksheets and videos that can supplement if needed. For those students who excel in math, it provides what they need without giving them a lot of busywork!" - Marilyn Banks, Math Tutor
"Understanding Pre-Algebra is a combination textbook and workbook – everything is self contained, which has been nice. The lessons are fairly short (a couple of pages of reading) followed by practice exercises. No different from a traditional textbook except that there are lines on which to write the answers so no additional paper is necessary. I like how they teach not only things that you need to know, but also how to “think out” how to get there. It’s definitely a keeper for us!" - Wendy, ladybugdaydreams.com
"Understanding Pre-Algebra is a well thought out curriculum and I honestly wished I had this when I was in middle school. It's helped my 11-year-old understand more to where she's not so afraid of Algebra now. I feel the page layouts help to eliminate the intimidation factor and provides just enough instruction to not overwhelm the student." - Judy J, healthbeautychildrenandfamily.com
"One of the first things I liked about Understanding Pre-Algebra was that even though it is written to the student it does not have a lot of required reading for each lesson. Concepts are explained in a concise, easy to understand format. Plenty of examples are given to show the student what is being explained. Color charts and number lines are used. Important things for the student to remember are "highlighted" in a colored block. This reminds the students that they need to pay attention to those items. Tips and tricks are given to help students understand the concepts. I love that no other teacher manual is required. The glossary is a great tool to have in case the student forgets what a natural number or a polynomial is. We have been very impressed with Understanding Pre-Algebra and will continue to use it for our math curriculum." - Lisa, The Happy Homeschool Mom
"I liked how this text/work book was set up. Each lesson first has instruction of the concepts, math vocabulary, critical thinking, and plenty of examples for learning how to actually do the practice problems that comprise the rest of the lesson. There are highlighted sections in the lessons in different colors that indicate math rules that the student really needs to know. There are also pictures, charts, and graphics that are in color so that emphasis of the concept gets internalized. There are some great mnemonic devices in this book to help remember these concepts and master them. We especially liked the cowboy story that teaches rules for multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers. I had never been taught that one and the rules became so clear after learning it." - Crystal, Oregon
"The book is set up to present the math standards needed in Pre-Algebra learning but does so in a logical manner and emphasizes practice along with critical thinking. What it steers clear of is teaching new concepts before the student is ready. Instead, this book presents new concepts clearly and logically and in connection with other concepts." - Tere Scott, St. Louis, Missouri
"My son is not a boy of many words, but he said, "Mom, this book explains it in a better way. I can figure out the problems more easily after learning from this book."" - Deann H, Homeschool Review Crew

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Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT®)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® (WISC®)
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ (WPPSI™)
Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®)
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) / Talented and Gifted (TAG)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP)
WA Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
Connecticut Mastery Test (CTPIII)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
Primary Test of Cognitive Skills™ (PTCS)
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