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4.0 out of 5 starsGood supplement workbook for common core math
Reviewed in the United States on 24 August 2017
My daughter just started fourth grade, and struggled a little at the end of last year with fractions and division. I thought this would be a good workbook for us at home, to supplement what's going on in the classroom. Also, I have to say, the new common core is a real challenge for me. I love the "old math"! When my kids come home with math that has to be done the common core way, sometimes I have to resort to online video explanations to help them with their homework. I can teach old school math all day, but that common core... So that was the second reason to get this book, for the brush up for my daughter, and to help me through common core as the kids come home needing to do the problems a certain way. This is a great book for that kind of thing - reinforcing what's in the classroom, and providing a little extra support. I'm not sure I'd use this in a home school situation or as a primary book, just because the explanations and examples aren't plentiful, but it's working quite well as a supplement for us.
The Spectrum Critical Thinking for Math, Grade 4 book is a good supplement to practice what a child is already learning or as a refresher before entering fifth grade. Pages can be photocopied if choosing to use for more than one child. The book lies flat so ease of copying is in your favor. Pages are also perforated for easy removal if having a child do pages outside of the book or removing when the page is complete.
This book definitely keeps it simple without an overwhelming amount of information. Each lesson provides an easy to understand example of the problems a student will then have to solve. Many of the problems expect children to show their work and give ample space to do so.
Each chapter starts with a "What You Know" section and ends with a Check What You Learned area. In between, there are lessons that cover the math concepts taught expected to be known by state standards for fourth grade. The chapters are Adding and Subtracting Through 5-Digit Numbers, Numeration, Multiplication and Division, Fractions and Decimals, Measurements, and Geometry. There is two test, one midway through the book and the other at the end. An answer key can be found in the back of the book.
Overall, a nice workbook. I'm pleased to be able to use it in my homeschooling to help my child discover her strengths and weaknesses in what is expected in 4th grade.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat and not just for age-appropriate kids but as review for older ones as well
Reviewed in the United States on 4 July 2017
I have a similar book from another publisher for the 7th grade, and I really liked it. This is the first year my son isn't doing the voluntary summer school enrichment programs since he's now too old (they only go through 6th grade) and he's alone during the days. I didn't want him just sitting around playing video games and such, so I've got several different books like this for him to work on through the summer.
He's in 7th grade, but I like that this book is great to simply practice the "older" skills as well, and keep in practice. This one isn't as large as the other publisher's book, but there's certainly plenty to work on for any kid so the price is well worth it.
I like the word problems since my son always tries to rush through things like that, so it's a great way to catch when he's not paying attention and is just flying through.
And if you get this for an age-appropriate child, it's nice that there are examples of things showing them how to work through the lesson, so they can apply that to the other problems as an example.
I've got this for 4th grade as well as 7th grade, and the other publisher's 7th grade book, so all of them together make a great summer school at home program.
I got this workbook for my grandson to work on his math skills over the summer. I wanted a workbook that concentrated on his critical thinking math skills and not just doing rote math calculations. This book met by expectations.
And most importantly my grandson "enjoys" this workbook. He sees it as looking through puzzles and does not become frustrated when challenged. He takes his time to figure out how to solve the exercise and is quite pleased when he figures it out.
I am not sure if he is taking the skills (and patience) from playing video games or visa versa but I am just pleased that he is learning to apply skills across different platforms.
4.0 out of 5 starsStresses on the 'how' part - which is pretty important. But I felt it was a bit too light on some areas
Reviewed in the United States on 6 September 2017
My daughter is starting on her 3rd year and she just finished all her 3rd grade math and now when she enters school - she is really well prepared.
I just started her on 4th grade math, and because of the solid foundation - she is picking it up really well, the best part of this book is the 'how' part on why and how a problem is solved which not many books really try and so this book is really well titled as 'Critical Thinking'
Where I felt it was lacking is that on some of the topics it was a bit light and not much repetition, but I have the brain quest workbooks which are helping with the repetition.
This review is primarily for the 2nd grade book (primarily since my son is currently in 2nd grade) but after leafing through the 3rd, 4th, and 7th grade they seem to be similar. The book seems to track the Common Core requirements (which in my view are a bit too easy). There's plenty of room on each page for doing all the work necessary for each problem. Also each sheet can be easily torn off at the perforated line so it can be worked on separately. Finally the answers are given in full detail at the end of the book.
Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2017
This book offers short lessons on different skills and then offers 3 to 5 practice questions for most skills. This is supplemental material. I liked using it for practice pages during the summer. The problem, initially was that it was difficult for our going into the 4th grader and too easy for our leaving the 4th grader. It has worked better as school as started.
I have this in the car for long drives. Everyone does homework first. Then movie. I have found that those who don't have homework are happy to do this book instead.
I think this book is fundamentally sound and really helps my 3rd grader and myself understand math the way they now teach it, for better or worse. It isn't my daughter's favorite book to work on but I think it is the one that is teaching her the most. I only took one star off because of the price. There are others out there with more in them for less.
This is another great practice workbook by Spectrum. My son really enjoys math and found this to be slightly challenging with good review material. He happily did this workbook during summer and did not seem to lose any knowledge during break. This is a good review or a way to get a little ahead for the semester.