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Math Detective A1


Higher-Order Thinking • Reading • Writing in Mathematics

Item#: 03902BBP
 Type:Student Content w/Answer Guide
 Media:Paperback Book
Grade(s): 5-6
Subject: Mathematics

ISBN: 0-89455-803-x
Activities: 40
Pages: 113

Teaches standards-based math as it develops children's reading, writing, and thinking skills!

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Description & Features

Math Detective® uses topics and skills drawn from national math standards to prepare your students for advanced math courses and assessments that measure reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing in math.

Students read a short story that includes a chart, table, or graph. Next they answer critical thinking questions to improve their understanding of the math concept and develop their critical thinking (comprehension) skills. Students can’t just scan the story for answers—they must carefully analyze and synthesize the information from the text and the chart, table, or graph to explain and support their answers.

Stories are age-relevant, high-interest, and show students that math is integral to everyday activities.

Teaching Support
Includes general and student introductions, a lesson that explains the concept of evidence, a chart of topics and key ideas to help select activities, and detailed answers.

Table of Contents/Skills


  • What is Math Detective?
  • Key Ideas and Math Topics Charts
  • Scoring Rubric/Assessment Criteria
  • To the Student: Why You Should Become a Math Detective
  • Sample Problem: The Camping Trip
  • Math Detective Certificate


  • The Train Ride
  • Who's Who
  • Well Rounded
  • The Inca Quipu
  • At the Arcade
  • The Sieve of Eratosthenes
  • Miguel's Memory Games
  • A Walk Through the Park
  • Mrs. Sanchez's Four Children


  • Off to the Movies!
  • The Parking Lot Problem
  • The Potato Race
  • The Camping Trails
  • The Mystery Fraction
  • The Rainy Week
  • The Best Pancake Recipe
  • The 2002 State Shopping Spree


  • Angle Billboards
  • Trip to the Game
  • The Perennial Garden
  • The Quadrilateral Factory
  • The Toy Box Project
  • The Case of the Missing Money
  • The Math Teachers' Room


  • Sum of Six
  • The Buttons
  • The Spinner Game
  • The Game of Dish
  • The Breakfast Special


  • The Great Goldfish Giveaway
  • Jameel's Math Scores
  • Cody's Homework Graph
  • Temperature Tale of Two Cities
  • Making Money Mowing
  • The World Record Fish Reports


  • The King Orders the Operations!
  • Symbol Says
  • The Case of the Missing Numbers
  • The Busy Elevator
  • The Function Machines Go Nuts!



Test Preparation

Math Detective® prepares students for many assessment tests, including the ones listed below

State Assessment Tests - All 50 states
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT?7)
Metropoliton Achievement Test (MAT 7 & MAT 8)
Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/9; SAT/10)
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
California Achievement Tests (CAT/6)
and many more!

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  • Model: 03902BBP
  • Manufactured by: The Critical Thinking Company

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 09 January, 2008.

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