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Great Illustrated Math Dictionary

Posted on September 8, 2011. Filed under: Classroom environment, Common Core | Tags: , , , , |


As a math consultant, working with students and teachers around the country, I am always looking for great resources.  The new Math Dictionary for Kids, The Essential Guide to Math Terms, Strategies and Tables by Theresa R. Fitzgerald is just what I have been looking for!  It is geared for students in grades 4 through 9 and filled with many useful math terms and strategies.  I especially like that it has its own Quick Reference Guided to Fractions, especially since  this is one of the areas of emphasis in the new National Math Common Core.


This book is kid-friendly.  I had my 5th grade niece take a look and she liked it!  Now, that’s the true test.  She liked that she could find and understand the “stuff.”  I like that about the book too.  I like that it is well-organized into topics that students need.  I like that it is color-coded.  I also really like the Learning with Manipulatives section because students and teachers often underutilize some of these great tools when exploring concepts.  Finally, the various charts of arithmetic and measurement are a good resource to have right on hand.


Overall, this is a very thorough and comprehensive resource for learning and reviewing mathematical ideas, terminology, definitions, and examples.  The pictures, diagrams, graphs and charts help everyone to visualize the math and have greater access to the concepts. Schools are always asking me, “What should we buy for math?”  I will now always include the Math Dictionary as one of the Must Have Resources!






Dr. Nicki Newton

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