At first, we review the "technical aspects" of adding and subtracting: mental math techniques and adding and subtracting in columns. We also study some patterns. The lesson on Pascal's triangle is intended to be fun and fascinating—after all, Pascal's triangle is full of patterns!
In the next lesson, we study the connection between addition and subtraction and bar models. Bar models help students write addition and subtraction sentences with unknowns, and solve them. This is teaching the students algebraic thinking: how to write and solve simple equations.
The lesson on the order of operations contains some review, but we also study connecting the topic with real-life situations (such as shopping). Here, the student writes the mathematical expression (number sentence) for word problems, which again, practices algebraic thinking.
Going towards applications of math, the book then contains straightforward lessons on bar graphs, line graphs, rounding, estimating, and money problems.
This book contains 55 pages, which includes the answer key. Also, the PDF file of this book is enabled for annotation. This means that if you prefer, your student can fill it in on the computer, using the typewriter and drawing tools in Adobe Reader version 9 or greater.
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Maria Miller, the author of the Math Mammoth books, is a math teacher turned homeschooler. She has a master's degree in mathematics with the teacher educational studies, and minors in physics and statistics. The aim of her math books is first and foremost to explain math in very simple terms, yet rigorously, concentrating on understanding of concepts.