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Math Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Math Terms, Strategies, and Tables

4th ed. 272p. chart. illus. index. notes. Prufrock Pr. 2014. Tr $13.95. ISBN 9781618211675. LC 2014016765.
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Gr 4–8—Divided into seven main chapters for topics such as "Measurement," "Algebraic Ideas," "Geometry," and "Problem Solving" in addition to chapters dedicated to reference guides, manipulatives, and formulas to name a few, this text is a strong guide for school and public libraries. Listed alphabetically within each chapter, mathematical concepts are presented with straightforward explanations accompanied by color images and examples when necessary. This edition includes more than 40 new entries—a combination of new words with their definitions that are related to (and perhaps more familiar than) those previously defined. The inclusion of more simple terms and concepts such as equal, fewer, and greater makes this guide appropriate for younger students as well. A lengthy "Quick Reference Guide: Problem Solving Step by Step" details a variety of ways to solve word problems and encourages students to discover individualized approaches. A "Common Core State Standards Alignment" spread explains the standards for grades four through eight. While illustrations sometimes make use of fun objects like ice-cream cones, cars, or pieces of candy, the images won't deter older students. Concepts such as those presented in the "Measurement Conversion Tables" chapter make this offering relevant for studies other than just math.
VERDICT A useful offering for STEM collections.

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