Review: Don Fraser uses clips from newspapers, articles and cartoons to suggest ways that students can put numbers to work. The book has many complete stories and problems, but the author also encourages us all to develop explorations in math from the world around us today. A story about a traffic jam in Germany that was 105 miles long, for example, leads students to go outside and measure cars in order to find out how many cars could be in such a jam. A short discussion follows many of the problems, highlighting the learning opportunities.
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Although they realize they need to learn to work with boys on problem solving in mathematics, the third and fourth grade girls participating in this class value time doing mathematics without boys around.