Awesum Alex and Friends

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Dr. Rachel McAnallen has been known to a generation of American teachers as an exceptionally creative presenter on the pedagogy of mathematics. Now she is teaming up with the equally creative Carol Ann Williams to write a series of books about the "why" of mathematics for children.

The Awesum Alex books present math concepts to children within the context of a story about children who learn in a fun and magical classroom with a teacher who is just as excited to share what the children are discovering. The characters, brilliantly illustrated by Christopher Tice, question the procedures that are taught in the regular classroom and come to enjoy and understand the concepts that underlie mathematics. For many, the explanations of math concepts may be the means to understanding math truly for the first time.

Dr. McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages.  She explains: “Having read many academic math books, many more math textbooks, and many math books directed to children, Carol and I found that none of them taught the concepts behind the procedures. We wanted to write books that could be read to an elementary learner and that would teach the mathematical concepts to both the listener and the reader. We also wanted the characters in the books to be thinkers, the teacher to be open-minded, and the students to question foolish procedures that are taught in the regular classroom. We want Alex to love math and to see it everywhere."

Dr. Rachel McAnallen has been known to a generation of American teachers as an exceptionally creative presenter on the pedagogy of mathematics. Now she is teaming up with the equally creative Carol Ann Williams to write a series of books about the "why" of mathematics for children. 

The Awesum Alex books present math concepts to children within the context of a story about children who learn in a fun and magical classroom with a teacher who is just as excited to share what the children are discovering. The characters, brilliantly illustrated by Christopher Tice, question the procedures that are taught in the regular classroom and come to enjoy and understand the concepts that underlie mathematics. For many, the explanations of math concepts may be the means to understanding math truly for the first time.

Dr. McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages.  She explains: “Having read many academic math books, many more math textbooks, and many math books directed to children, Carol and I found that none of them taught the concepts behind the procedures. We wanted to write books that could be read to an elementary learner and that would teach the mathematical concepts to both the listener and the reader. We also wanted the characters in the books to be thinkers, the teacher to be open-minded, and the students to question foolish procedures that are taught in the regular classroom. We want Alex to love math and to see it everywhere."

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Awesum Alex, Math Detective: The Addition Problem

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Mathematics

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Pages: 65

ISBN: 978-0-89824-6346

Order code: 6346

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 6346S

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Alex, a precocious fifth-grade math detective, embarks on a mathematical mystery. The adventure leads her to question the tradition of adding the right-hand column of numbers first in an addition problem and opens up a new understanding for her about the ways in which we do math.

Alex, a precocious fifth-grade math detective, embarks on a mathematical mystery. The adventure leads her to question the tradition of adding the right-hand column of numbers first in an addition problem and opens up a new understanding for her about the ways in which we do math.

The ibook includes both the novel and an instructor section (The Addition Problem Implementation Manual, written for parents and teachers), in which the authors explain how to make addition at once comprehensible and exciting to children.

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Awesum Alex: Addition Problem, Sample pages:

Awesum Alex: The Addition Problem Implementation Manual

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Williams, Carol Ann

Subjects: Mathematics

Pages: 25

ISBN: 978-0-89824-6353

Order code: 6353

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Awesum Alex: The Addition Problem Implementation Manual Cover

Alex wants to know the why of arithmetic, not just the how, and her story in Awesum Alex forms an elementary math text that welcomes children into the story and provides them with valuable information that they are unlikely to find just about anywhere else. Rachel McAnallen and Carol Ann Williams are two of America’s most creative and innovative math educators and teacher trainers, and in this volume they explain how to make addition at once comprehensible and exciting to children.

Alex wants to know the why of arithmetic, not just the how, and her story in Awesum Alex forms an elementary math text that welcomes children into the story and provides them with valuable information that they are unlikely to find just about anywhere else. Rachel McAnallen and Carol Ann Williams are two of America’s most creative and innovative math educators and teacher trainers, and in this volume they explain how to make addition at once comprehensible and exciting to children.

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Awesum Alex: Addition Problem Implementation, Sample pages:

Awesum Alex, Math Detective: The Subtraction Problem

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator); Williams, Carol Ann

Subjects: Mathematics

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Pages: 90

ISBN: 978-0-89824-710-9

Order code: 7109

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $17.50 each.
Order code: 7109S

Awesum Alex, Math Detective: The Subtraction Problem Cover

Gray is apprehensive about her first day at her new school, until she meets Pi, a tiny math guru who assures her that she will meet and befriend other mathematically precocious students like herself. Mrs. Googol-Plex's classroom is a magical place where Gray, Alex, and friends learn simple and surprising new ways to understand subtraction.

Because the characters in the story learn about subtraction primarily through the use of money, this book comes with a packet of fake money that children can use to practice with.

Gray is apprehensive about her first day at her new school, until she meets Pi, a tiny math guru who assures her that she will meet and befriend other mathematically precocious students like herself. Mrs. Googol-Plex's classroom is a magical place where Gray, Alex, and friends learn simple and surprising new ways to understand subtraction.

Because the characters in the story learn about subtraction primarily through the use of money, this book comes with a packet of fake money that children can use to practice with.

The ibook includes both the novel and an instructor section (The Subtraction Problem Implementation Manual, written for parents and teachers), in which the authors explain how to take the mystery out of subtraction.

Awesum Alex, Math Detective: The Subtraction Problem Cover

Awesum Alex: Subtraction Problem, Sample pages:

Awesum Alex: The Subtraction Problem Implementation Manual

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Williams, Carol Ann

Subjects: Mathematics

Pages: 38

ISBN: 978-0-88092-711-6

Order code: 7116

Price: $15.00
Website price: $10.00

Awesum Alex: The Subtraction Problem Implementation Manual Cover

The story about Gray is the tale of a young girl who goes to a new school and discovers, not just new friends, but a new way of approaching subtraction. Gone is the old method of crossing out smaller digits above larger digits, which confuses the issue of place value. Instead, children will learn alongside Gray, Alex, and their friends that there are several ways to do subtraction that allow them to use fundamental mathematical concepts logically—and to have fun in the process. In this volume, creative math educators Rachel McAnallen and Carol Ann Williams explain how to take the mystery out of subtraction.

The story about Gray is the tale of a young girl who goes to a new school and discovers, not just new friends, but a new way of approaching subtraction. Gone is the old method of crossing out smaller digits above larger digits, which confuses the issue of place value. Instead, children will learn alongside Gray, Alex, and their friends that there are several ways to do subtraction that allow them to use fundamental mathematical concepts logically—and to have fun in the process. In this volume, creative math educators Rachel McAnallen and Carol Ann Williams explain how to take the mystery out of subtraction.

Awesum Alex: The Subtraction Problem Implementation Manual Cover

Awesum Alex: Subtraction Problem Implementation, Sample pages:

Awesum Alex Set

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator); Williams, Carol Ann

Subjects: Mathematics

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 6353S

Price: $55.00
Website price: $50.00

This set includes all four of the Awesum Alex books: The Addition Problem student book and implementation manual, and The Subtraction Problem student book and implementation manual. The set provides a discount over purchasing the books separately.

This set includes all four of the Awesum Alex books: The Addition Problem student book and implementation manual, and The Subtraction Problem student book and implementation manual. The set provides a discount over purchasing the books separately.

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