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January 28, 2007

One Grain Of Rice

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi, is a beautifully illustrated book that demonstrates a simple mathematical concept. Is it a fairy tale, or a math lesson? I'd say it's both.

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December 27, 2006

Math for Kids & Other People Too!

I'm a huge fan of Theoni Pappas! Math for Kids & Other People Too is another fine example of her works. Try opening the book at random, and you'll be treated to a fun and mind-expanding puzzle or story.
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Roman Numerals I to MM

Cute little piggies help you practice your Roman Numerals in this picture book: Roman Numerals I to MM.
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Family Math

In the introduction, the authors say that teachers were asking for resources they could give to parents "to use at home to help their children in mathematics. They told us that parent were frustrated in not knowing enough about their children's math program to help them or in not understanding the mathematics their children were studying". With a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the authors developed the activities in Family Math.

The activities are hands-on, with objects like blocks and beans. As the authors say "traditionally, these materials are used mostly in the early elementary years and paper-and-pencil mathematics becomes the rule after second or third grade. This is unfortunate, since much of mathematics can best be explained and understood using the tools of manipulative materials and models; and, in fact, many research and applied mathematicians do just that."

Also in the series:
Family Math
Family Math for Young Children: Comparing
Family Math - The Middle School Years: Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae is a handy little book, with quirky and fun illustrations. The author, Matthew Watkins, was kind enough to donate a signed copy to Art Intersect Science a couple years ago.
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December 02, 2006

Gift Certificates!

Gift certificates are great! Especially as gifts for kids' teachers!

Science & Tech:
Edmund Scientifics Gift Certificates

For the kitchen:
Sur La Table Gift Certificates
The Perfect Gift - A CHEFS Catalog Gift Card

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Family:
Leaps & Bounds Gift Certificates

November 11, 2006

Math-terpieces!

Math-terpieces, by Greg Tang, combines Art and Math in charming rhymes and puzzles. How could I not love it!? The puzzles are based around some of my favorite modern art pieces including April Showers (by Renoir) and The Starry Night (by van Gogh).
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If you're looking gifts for a grade-shooler, you could get a few of Mr Tang's math-picture books. They're all fantastic!

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November 08, 2006

A Remainder Of One

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A Remainder Of One, by Elinor Pinczes and Bonnie Mackain. This is a really fun little book, and painlessly teaches about remainders. How can you loose when you combine cute marching bugs and math?!

August 08, 2006

A New Kind of Science

newKindOfScience.JPGA New Kind of Science, by Stephen Wolfram.