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We make it easy for young students to think hard, with 16 Smart Math Stories that offer surprise and a sense of wonder about big math ideas. See a demo.
When parents ask "What did you do in math today?" the typical student response is "Nothing" or "I don't know." Smart Math Stories make it easy and interesting for students to share their learning.
In print or eBooks on CD
Get all 16 Smart Math Stories on CD for as low as $75 for an individual license and $115 for a school-wide license (with interactive content, an easy-to-use button, and switch between English/français with a click of a button) . Or get the Smart Math Stories as 16 book bundle for $96: in English, en français, or as dual language books (English/français). Use the Add to Cart button below.
... or buy them individually
Smart Science too
We have 8 Smart Science Stories. In Nokomis Shines, Nokomis, the Ojibway Sky Woman, helps the Three Little Pigs discover a massive dump of plastic trash floating in the ocean, which is about the size of Quebec. What will the Three Little Pigs do about this? What will your students do?
In print or as eBooks on CD
Get all 8 Smart Science Stories on CD with an easy-to-use navigation menu, as shown below, for only $38 for an individual license of $56 for a school-wide license. Ideal for computers and interactive whiteboards.
The print version of all 8 Smart Science Stories sells for $48. Use the Add to Cart button below.
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Big math ideas
Smart Math creates rich contexts for learning grade-specific math content, while preparing students for big ideas of mathematics they will encounter in higher grades; such as infinity and limit, circular functions and trigonometry, sequences and series, optimization, linear functions and non-Euclidean geometry.
For example, in Grade 11 you learned (and quickly forgot) a formula for finding the sums of odd numbers. Grades 1-3 students explore this problem with concrete materials and notice that odd numbers "hide in squares". For example, the first 4 odd numbers fit like spoons to make a 4 by 4 square. In grades 4-8, students would also develop an algebraic expression for the sum of the first N odd numbers (NxN). And, if you had seen this in grade 11, you would still remember the formula. Such experiences develop kids' skills with number, pattern and algebra. They also help them experience surprise and a sense of wonder about big math ideas.
These odd (as well as even) number patterns come to life in Something Curiously Odd. Smart Math stories are designed to have a low mathematical floor, allowing engagement with minimal math knowledge, and a high mathematical ceiling, so that concepts and relationships can be extended to more complex connections and more varied representations.
Hold infinity in your hands
In To Infinity and Beyond students develop their understanding of representing fractions and identifying and extending patterns in the rich context of infinity and limit.
Using a re-telling of a classic fairy tale, students explore Rapunzel's dilemma of not being able to walk past her open cell door, because she notices that to do so she has to first walk half way to the door, then half the remaining distance to the door, then half the remaining distance to the door, and so on and on.
Using visual models such as the one on the right, students realize that infinity can fit in a finite space. And they are eager to share "I can hold infinity in my hands!" They also notice that the sum of 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and so on and one, is "one whole".
Good Stories, Good Math
Great book for K-8 teachers who want students to develop math and communication skills for sharing cool math stories. A powerful, classroom-tested model for teaching mathematics, by George Gadanidis, PhD. Get it for only $8 in print or for $4.99 as an eBook from Kobo.
Time Travel Series, Gr. 4-8
Molly and Alexander discover the magical powers of their grandfather's pocket watch and embark on a time-traveling adventure to find him, meeting mathematicians and literary figures from the past.
Martian Math Comix, Gr. 4-8
Martians Zork and Gork explore math concepts from "out-of-this-world" perspectives. Join them in their humorous and mathematically surprising and exciting explorations and see math in fresh light.
More Math Stories, Gr. 4-8
More stories to capture students' interest and develop their mathematical undetstanding. And a book of interviews with mathematicians, people who use math at work ... and even with math concepts like "Zero" and "Square".
The Most Beautiful Turtle
Hawk promises to Mama Turtle that he will not harm Baby Turtle. But can he tell her apart from all the other baby turtles?
The most beautiful turtle ($6)
These popular reproducible activity books are ideal for: enrichment/remediation, conceptual development, thinking skills development, independent study ... and lots of math fun!
Special offer only $59 for all 15 Gr. 3-6 & 6-10 Activity Books on CD - as pdf files and interactive content
Reproducible Activity Books, Gr. 3-6
Reproducible Activity Books, Gr. 6-10
Teacher Idea Books
4 idea books to enrich math learning! Classroom-tested.