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Title:
Great graphs and sensational statistics : games and activities that make math easy and fun
Author:
Long, Lynette.
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Publication Information:
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
vi, 119 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780471210603
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Don′t Just Learn Great Graphs and Statistics... Master Them!

Brimming with fun and educational games and activities, the Magical Math series provides everything you need to know to become a master of mathematics! In each of these books, Lynette Long uses her own unique style to help you truly understand mathematical concepts as you use common objects such as playing cards, dice, coins, and every mathematician′s basic, essential tools: paper and pencil.

Inside Great Graphs and Sensational Statistics , you′ll learn the basics of pictographs, bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, and map charts, and you′ll see how they make information easy to understand. You′ll jump into statistics, where you′ll discover how to figure out the average test score on your spelling tests, how to tell the difference between percent and percentile, and how to rank order a group of numbers. You′ll also practice your new math skills with such fun activities as Dangling Spoons, Weather Bingo, Tower Tallies, and Color Feud. Track the mail, test the memory of your friends, do a sleep study, and much more as you learn how graphs and statistics can reveal the world around you.


Author Notes

Lynette Long, Ph.D., is the author of many children's math books


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. The superlatives in the title are hype, but students and teachers will find that this large-format paperback still offers quite a good introduction to graphs. The step-by-step presentation builds understanding from the ground up, beginning with pictographs and bar graphs and moving on to pie charts, line graphs, map charts, and statistics. For each activity, Long lists the materials needed, explains the steps taken, and includes at least one illustration. Many activities end with a Brain Stretcher challenging children to extend the game or activity in some way and occasionally encouraging critical or imaginative thinking. The black-and-white drawings of children are appealing, and the many graphs are clearly illustrated. A good choice for encouraging students to grapple with mathematical relationships, patterns of numbers, probability, and the visual representation of mathematical and statistical data. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This volume includes specific directions and activities to construct pictographs, bar graphs, pie charts, and line graphs, and to compile statistics. Materials needed, step-by-step directions, and at least one illustration accompany each activity. The black-and-white drawings and graphs are appealing and easy to read. While these activities are solid, the focus here is on play, not on thinking about when to use certain types of graphs or what the gathered information indicates. Similarly, the computation of statistics is encouraged but there is little analysis of the results. This title can be a resource for teachers and parents of homeschoolers, but it needs a math-savvy facilitator to round out the learning.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

I. The Magic of Graphs and Statisticsp. 1
II. Pictographsp. 3
1 But First ... A Brief Commercial Breakp. 5
2 3-D Candy Pictographp. 8
3 Basketball Pictographp. 11
4 Dangling Spoonsp. 13
5 Television Pictographp. 15
III. Bar Graphsp. 17
6 Roll Them Bonesp. 19
7 Predict Itp. 22
8 Birthday Barsp. 24
9 Bouncing Ballsp. 28
10 Pet Surveyp. 30
IV. Pie Chartsp. 33
11 Just Dessertsp. 35
12 Flipping Coinsp. 38
13 Shoes ... Shoes ... Shoesp. 40
14 Tic-Tac-Toedp. 43
15 Color Feudp. 45
V. Line Graphsp. 47
16 Grassy Linesp. 49
17 Bouncing Linesp. 52
18 Stock Marketp. 55
19 Watching Your Weightp. 57
20 Temperature Trackingp. 60
21 Graphy Diagramsp. 62
VI. Map Chartsp. 65
22 Family Travelp. 67
23 Mail Callp. 69
24 Around the Worldp. 72
25 Weather Bingop. 75
VII. All about Graphs and Chartsp. 77
26 Graphing Comparisonsp. 79
27 Scavenger Huntp. 81
28 Who Done It?p. 83
29 Word Searchp. 86
VIII. Statisticsp. 89
30 Mean Solitairep. 91
31 Matching Meansp. 93
32 Estimating Meansp. 95
33 GPAp. 97
34 Tower Talliesp. 99
35 Highest Medianp. 102
36 Hit the Targetp. 104
37 Sleep Studyp. 106
38 Baby Weightp. 108
39 Number Memoryp. 111
40 Rank Orderp. 114
Graphs and Statistics Master Certificatep. 116
Indexp. 117