## Monday, August 8, 2011

### Winners of the Math Dictionary!!

Good Morning!

The following are the winners of the Math Dictionary for Kids!  Results were determined by the random number generator at random.org

#85 - Kelli  "I love summer, but it is time to get back to a schedule and meet the new kiddos!"

#4 - April  "I have already started getting my school brain ready... however, that does not mean I am ready for summer to be over! :)"

#17 Katie  "I am ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to a new school year! Even though I will miss sleeping late, I am excited to meet my news kids and have a great year."

Congrats to our winners and thank you to everyone who entered.  Remember you can use the discount code to get 25% off cover price at Prufrock Press.. code MATH25.

Winners, please email me at myteachingspirit@gmail.com.

Happy Monday!!

## Wednesday, August 3, 2011

### Math Dictionary for Kids and Giveaway

Math Dictionary for Kids:
The Essential Guide to Math Terms, Strategies, and Tables
by Theresa R. Fitzgerald

I recently was very fortunate to get a copy of the newly released, 2011 edition, of Math Dictionary for Kids through Prufrock Press.  This two hundred plus page, full color edition, is jam packed with every vocabulary word and definition that is prevalent in our math curriculum.

The vocabulary/definition portion of the book is separated into math categories such as geometry, measurement, algebraic ideas, statistics and so on.  Each section is color coded and has a pretty thorough list of words that students, in grades ranging from mid-elementary to early high school, would encounter.  Each word contains the definition and if necessary an example and illustration.

The book goes above and beyond a typical dictionary.  By far my favorite features are in the back sections which include; the Quick Reference Guide, Formulas, Table and Charts, and Measurement Conversion Tables.  The Tables and Charts section has several different charts ranging from factors of numbers, fractions/decimals/percents to square roots. Whereas the Quick Reference Guide features strategies and algorithms students may need to know.  When I reading these sections, my teacher light bulb went on thinking about how I was going to use these sections during specific math units.

I definitely can see this book being utilized in the classroom but where I see the need for this book is at home.  Year after year I take part in the same conversation during fall conferences.  Parents express their frustration, because they are having a hard time with all the new math terms and strategies. They would love to help their child, but are learning it as their child is learning it.  This math dictionary would definitely serve as a great reference for both student and parent in and out of the classroom.

On occasion, when working with your guided math groups, you might not have that second to answer students' questions on what something means.  This dictionary would help greatly with answering student questions before they come to you, thus minimizing interruptions during your guided group time.

If you are interested and want more information you can find this dictionary here through Prufrock Press.

Prufrock Press is even providing a discount for all you blog readers! 25% off the cover price!

At the checkout type in the code: MATH25

This code is only good through Prufrock Press and is good through November 1st.

And....

I have three copies to giveaway!!!

You can win a chance to get your hands on your own, free copy of Math Dictionary for Kids. Three winners will be chosen, you have until Sunday midnight to enter.
The winner will be announced on Monday morning!