Created with support from the GE Foundation's Math Excellence Program, Building Math inspires students to learn algebra by solving engineering challenges on imagined adventures to Mount Everest, the Amazon, and a deserted South Pacific island. The three-book series for grades 6 – 8 was developed by the Museum of Science and Tufts University. Over the past two years, it has been piloted successfully with hundreds of students in Massachusetts schools.
In hands-on investigations integrated with engineering design activities, math students collect and analyze their own data, helping them develop algebraic thinking skills and solve real problems (such as designing a bridge prototype or building a shelter). On each adventure, they apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and use the engineering design process to meet challenges.
Recommended for enrichment, or as a replacement unit, each title in the series has an engaging theme:
The Building Math book series includes a reproducible teacher book with student handouts and teacher support materials (for each grade level), a poster of the design process, and a DVD of classroom implementation. It is available nationwide via Walch Publishing, walch.com. To order, call 1-888-991-5755.
Grades 6 - 8
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