Building Mathematical Thinking - Student Journal 2
Book 2 is suitable for fourth graders and contains 8 chapters -- place value, fractions, multiplication, division, decimals, geometry, measurement, and probability. The chapters are made up of "skinny" (1-2 page) lessons, each introducing a concept that builds on the one taught in the previous lesson. Each lesson begins with an example equation or problem with the steps for completing it written out. Many examples are illustrated for visual reinforcement of the concept. Students are often asked to seek and write down "patterns" or "secrets" they notice in these examples that may help them when they are completing the exercises that follow.
Building Mathematical Thinking takes each concept from the mathematics curriculum for grades 3-6 and breaks it down into a series of small easy-to-grasp increments. Completing these short lessons daily gives students a sense of accomplishment.