Life of Fred: Fractions  -     By: Stanley F. Schmidt Ph.D.
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Fractions is the first book in the Life of Fred Arithmetic Series, which is designed for students who have completed the elementary & intermediate series books, and are at least in the 5th Grade.

Thirty-three chapters are included, each of which ends with a "Your Turn to Play" segment with three or four questions. Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems. "The Bridge" review questions are given after every five chapters, and provide transitions between concepts as well as a means of assessment. For parents who choose to use these sections as evaluation tools, it is recommended that students score at least 90% (9 out of 10 questions) before moving on. If students don't succeed, they can try again with a total of five different sets of ten problems. The book concludes with "The Final Bridge" which features twenty questions (with five tries again provided). Answers to the Bridge questions are provided in the back of the book.

Fractions covers: Less Than, Billion, Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers, Diameter and Radius, Savings and Expenses, Definition of a Fraction, Sectors, Comparing Fractions, Reducing Fractions, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Common Denominators, Roman Numerals, Least Common Multiples, Improper Fractions, Lines of Symmetry, Division by Zero, Circumference, Multiplying Mixed Numbers, Commutative Law, Canceling, Definition of a Function, Area, Unit Analysis, Division of Fractions, Geometric Figures, Estimating Answers.

Life of Fred is a unique, complete (not supplemental), math program that uses a highly engaging narrative to teach math without fear and with enjoyment. Students follow the life of Fred Gauss (a math professor who grows up to the age of six), who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures over the course of the curriculum. Math becomes relevant and important because the need for math occurs in Fred's life (and he sees math everywhere). Witty and truly entertaining, these books will engage students in a way unlike any other math program - --while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics without an abundance of repetitive drills. This series is perfect for inquisitive students who struggle with the relevance of math, or anyone looking for a creative approach to mathematic thinking!

192 pages, indexed; hardcover, non-consumable textbook with Smyth-sewn binding. Students write their answers on separate paper. Answers are also included in the text and written directly to the student.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Polka Dot Publishing
Dimensions: 10.38 X 7.25 X .68 (inches)
ISBN: 0970999593
ISBN-13: 9780970999597
Series: Life of Fred

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great curriculum!
    October 10, 2016
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    I've tried a couple other math curriculum choices with my son. None of them seemed to really work well for him. He wasn't engaged, frequently complained about "stupid" math. We pushed through and I almost resigned myself to the idea that math would just always be something that he struggled with. It was frustrating for both of us because he is a really bright kid, but concepts just weren't presented in a way he could understand them. We had to review several times, and he still didn't fully understand. Life of Fred has changed all that for us!! No complaining about math this year at ALL. At first I worried he still wasn't understanding it because the subject that had previously taken close to an hour was being finished in 10 minutes. I thought he was just skimming through. Then he did the first bridge (the testing section) and got all the questions completely correct with the first try. He does it entirely on his own, no more help from Mom needed. It may not be a great fit for everyone, and is definitely not "traditional" math. But we LOVE Life of Fred!
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    September 14, 2016
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    Great material presented in a very funny way
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    January 7, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I started this book for both my 7th and 9th graders. They do a chapter a day and are enjoying it. I like that each chapter is funny and short and they are required to answer about 6 questions afterward. Through the story they also learn how the math is applied in real life. I haven't had to answer the question "why do I have to learn this?", since we started this math series. There's also more than math being taught within these books without it being obvious, like vocabulary,parts of speech... I love that my kids want to read just one more chapter. If they're asking to do more math then I know we've found the right curriculum with Life of Fred!
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