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2.0 out of 5 stars2) two stars for convenience of providing in one place what can be easily founded for free online 3) one star for total ...
Reviewed in the United States on 1 June 2018
It works well as a review of the material students have already mastered but have not seen in a while, or as an additional practice or homework for new material that already has been thoroughly explained. It is really a book of worksheets similar to ones freely available from many sources. Depending on what you need this book for, it should have different ratings for different needs: 1) one star for misleading advertising that a simple workbook with solved examples will somehow improve any child's critical thinking skills. It does not have any in depth lessons. 2) two stars for convenience of providing in one place what can be easily founded for free online 3) one star for total lack of alignment to 4th grade standards 4) one star for asking students to perform tasks without any explanation or examples in the review section.
2.0 out of 5 starsWill not be giving this to my children
Reviewed in the United States on 22 July 2017
I used to be a fourth grade teacher in public school and am now a mom to two kids. I do not like this book. Chances are I won't be using this with children.
Where to begin? The least offensive is the cost. For the same price, you can get other books that have language arts, reading AND math. You would think since this book specializes in math that it would delve more deeply or be more comprehensive but nope! Everything is discussed briefly and minimal practice problems are given. Case in point, the concept of perimeter is defined and ONE example is given. Then, there are three practice problems and it's on to the next concept!
The worst thing for me, is the stupid insistence on HOW you get to an answer. As a 4th grade teacher, I taught multiplication the traditional way. Some kids will get it, others won't. The others who don't get it I will try to teach a different way. I keep searching for different ways until I reach all the students. But the first student who was perfectly happy with the traditional way of learning multiplication? I just let her be and let her use the method that had brought her success. Again, as long as a kid knows a way to consistently get the right answer, I don't give a flip which way it is. But this book cares about the HOW. It wants you to solve multiplication using the Grid method or the repeated addition method or the traditional method. They do this with division too. Talk about micromanaging learning!
I checked the common sore standards because I don't understand what would possess people to do this to children and I didn't see anything that warranted this. I think this is what's wrong with education, when me micromanage thought and education like this it become dead and unappealing to students.
Okay, I'm off my soapbox now. Sorry for the rant. But I was just aghast when I flipped through this book. Believe me, there are much better books out there, even books by this same publisher!
2.0 out of 5 starsthis book would be just fine. However
Reviewed in the United States on 12 October 2017
Probably if your student works through the lower levels of this series, this book would be just fine. However, just jumping into the Grade 4 book without any prior instruction of the methods used in this book doesn't work out very well, at least not for working independently. The concepts are not explained well, which is okay for a supplemental workbook if that is how you intend to use it, and assuming your student has previously been taught these concepts. I was hoping to use it for reviewing basic math concepts, not having to reteach them.