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"Math Doesn't Suck" by Danica McKellar

Tuesday 07 April 2015 at 10:34 pm. Used tags: , , , , , ,

Best known for her roles as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years and Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing, Danica McKellar also graduated in math. She went on to educate and encourage girls about math. She wrote four books, to encourage middle and high school students to succeed in math. She has a BIG focus on girls in math, and includes "smart girls" resources, tips and tricks for homework and tests and inspiring stories from Danica and girls who read her books.

"Math Doesn't Suck" the first book in the series, is aimed for the middle school student. "This book focuses on the middle school math concepts that cause cofusion year after year—fractions, rates, percents, etc. If you don't totally understand these conepts now, they will keep coming back to haunt you throughout high school—and beyond. So I thought I'd clear them up once and for all!" (Introduction).

She covers topics such as factors and multiples, fractions, decimals, percents, word problems and algebra. She targets her books towards girls who are struggling in math. From the back cover, she clearly defines her audience, "Do you dread doing math homework? Panic at the thought of a pop quiz? Or are you just bored to death by the subject? Don't sweat it—help is here!"

She includes a few practice problems at the end of every section, but that isn't her main focus. She includes tips, tricks and explains the concepts using examples that are easy to remember and relate to middle school students. She explains prime factorization using monkeys on a tree, or factors and multiples with friendship bracelets. 

6th grade (and a little of 5th grade) really focuse on the concepts in her book, "Math Doesn't Suck." I would really suggest this book to be paired with a 5th/6th grade workbook. It's great for summer vacation to review on these important concepts through her book and a workbook or worksheets.