Solving Word Problems is one of the biggest hurdle that kids face in Algebra. A bit of imagination is required to understand and solve these type of problems along with the calculations.This book breaks simple word problems using graphics thus helping the kids to visualize and understand the word problems. It develops the imaginative thinking required to solve these problems from an early level. This will help the kids to solve difficult problems as they will learn to imagine, analyze and break the problem into small parts which gives a better understanding on how to solve these type of problems.
"The coverage of points, lines, rays, and solving simple equations of the form "x + b = c" or "ax = c" is very clearly presented and I really like the fact that readers get a lot of practice with learning a single concept throughout the comic."—Yale Professor Michelle Lacey, PhD, Statistics, Yale University
"With this comic book students will explore a variety of key concepts necessary for middle school math success. They’ll have to interact with equations and will learn terms like variables and integers."—Monica Burns, Apple Distinguished Educator, 5th Grade NYC math teacher, George Lucas Educational Foundation Contributor
"This is great for early Key Stage 3 (ages 11-13) and possibly as an introduction to students when they return to algebra in year 10."—Kirsten van Niekerk, Apple Distinguished Educator, Assistant Head of Senior School (Key Stage 3); Head of Math Faculty, Dulwich College Suzhou, China
Math Contents Summary
A magical math secret awaits on Harry Hines Boulevard outside the Dallas Children's Medical Center! In this thrilling math adventure with the Yamie Chess cast, you'll meet Morphy, the Texan baby elephant who promises to give you the power to making algebra make sense!
Discover how to balance both sides of a linear algebra equation, and learn why points, lines and rays are so awesome!
Follow the math carefully and you'll win checkmate over the dark King Vigdor and the Chromemunchers. Only you have the math skills to grant little Morphy, the most beautiful baby elephant ever, his magical last wish. Includes Sudoku puzzle.
Information for Parents and Teachers
Suitable for students at U.S. grade 6 math level and above, The Math King of Dallas is a short story extension to the Harvard- and MIT-supported math learning aid, Yamie Chess School Assistant, recommended by School Library Journal and developed by experienced math teachers with decades of classroom teaching experience.
Through an exciting cartoon algebra adventure for struggling-to-gifted learners, communicated by professional math teachers in clear and concise language, students learn the fundamentals of geometry.
Kids are taught how to construct, handle and evaluate linear algebraic equations and their properties and lay a firm foundation of the basic rules of algebra including the addition and multiplication properties of equality and laws of exponents.
The Math King of Dallas also provides an opportunity to explore complementary and supplementary angles.
The integrated chess puzzle is adapted from a well-known chess game that took place one evening in Paris, France in 1858 at the famous Italian Opera House (during a live performance of composer Vincenzo Bellini's opera Norma) between American chess player, Paul Morphy, and the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard.
Using the chess grid to teach a twelfth-century proof of the Pythagorean theorem by the Indian mathematician Bhaskara II, the math lesson is communicated in simple, clear, and plain English through a cartoon fairytale about the ancient Chinese emperor Qinzong of the Song Dynasty.
Information for Parents and Teachers
Written and edited by professional math teachers, the educational content gives middle school students in U.S. grade 8 and higher (about 12 years old and up) a carefully designed math lesson on geometry through “think alouds” in the cartoon story, covering important strategic areas of geometry education associated with squares and triangles.
The Pythagoras Dragon enables middle school students to benefit from a fuller understanding of what the statement a^2 + b^2 = c^2 actually means as a practical application and why the Pythagorean theorem works, and explores the underlying logic of why Pythagoras’s theorem makes sense.
The math content is aligned with the U.S. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points.
The integrated chess pattern is adapted from the Dragon Variation of the Sicilian defense game played between Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov and Richard Webb at the Lloyds Bank Chess Tournament in 1977.