Reviews for Figuring Out Geometry

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
These serviceable books present algebra and geometry in a nutshell for students in need of extra practice or a quick recap. Both volumes begin with a "Math is everywhere" introduction. Twenty-eight topics are then reviewed, with one topic per double-page spread. Pages are overcrowded with text and clip art-like illustrations, but the definitions, examples, and instructions are clear. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these Math Busters titles: [cf2]Algebra and Pre-Algebra[cf1] and [cf2]Figuring Out Geometry[cf1].] Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 August

Gr 5-8-- Each title begins with an introduction about the importance of mathematics in daily life. The layouts are clear and colorful, and the explanations are easy to understand. Each topic is presented on a spread with simple step-by-step instructions, for example, for comparing unlike fractions. Boxed and circled areas provide definitions of key terms and further explanations. Colorful cartoon illustrations enliven the texts, and simple line drawings help to clarify mathematical concepts. Many of the subjects include sample questions, with answers on the same page. The first title introduces the different kinds of fractions (mixed and equivalent) and decimals and how to work with them. Powers of 10 and percents are also discussed. The second title explains points, lines, planes, rays and line segments, angles, various shapes, and more. For each book, worksheets are available to download free from the publisher's Web site.--Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

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