MathTacular 4: Word Problems

Ages 9 & up / Grades 4 & up
(workbooks recommended for grades 6 & up)

Word Problems Made Simple

Do you remember word problems in math class when you were growing up? Did you love them, or did you sometimes find yourself staring at the page until the words blurred together, wondering where to begin? If only someone had given you a "plan of attack" that worked every time...

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MathTacular4: Word Problems

Help your child learn how to solve word problems and have fun at the same time with this complete story line. Amber Waves appears in Dectective Justin Time's office one day, declaring that her "poor, petunia-pickin' prize pig, Polly Esther, has been porknapped!" …and she'd like his help to find her. It appears that the dreaded Word Puzzler has captured her and left a series of word problems through which Detective Time and Amber Waves will have to work in order to earn clues to the whereabouts of Polly Esther. As our two heroes progress through the case, the word problems get trickier, but luckily, our heroes get smarter (or maybe just more confident?). Will Detective Time and Amber Waves solve all of the problems in the end? Will they ever learn the whereabouts of Polly Esther? Guess you'll have to watch to find out.

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MathTacular Word Problems gives children and students practice problem solving in the following areas:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Ratios
  • Percentages
  • Algebra
  • Multi-step problems
  • Quotient and Remainder
  • Perimeter
  • Volume
  • Averages
  • and more!

The Math Word Problems DVD is designed to either play straight through for those that want to watch the DVD like a movie or it can be set to automatically stop after each sample problem to give kids the opportunity to try to solve it on thier own. Once kids have tried their best, they can select Continue and we'll work through the problem with them on the DVD. At the end of the scene, Justin encourages the kids to try the following similar problems in their workbook, and then the DVD takes them back to the Scene Selection menu.

This hilarious adventure gives your children the tools to face pesky word problems with confidence. Unique among the popular MathTacular series, MathTacular 4 covers a very wide scope of mathematical skills as it focuses on one goal: how to solve word problems with confidence. The problems start with simple addition and continue to more advanced problems with fraction and algebra. And even if your kids aren't ready for the more advanced skills (like fractions and algebra) at the end of the video, they'll love watching Amber Waves and Justin Time chase the case to the end.

If you choose to get the whole MathTacular 4 Package, your kids can solve each word problem along with the video. Extra practice problems solidify each concept they learn.

The handy Tool Kit in the back of the Workbook provides everything a kid might need to solve those pesky word problems. You'll find lists of:

  • Clue Words—the same words Detective Justin Time uses to decide which mathematical operation each word problem needs.
  • Simple Steps to Solve Word Problems—the exact steps Detective Time and Amber Waves use to crack each puzzle.
  • Units and Measurements—conversion formulas for inches to centimeters, Fahrenheit to Celsius and more.
  • Common Math Formulas—need to find the area of a triangle? Look here for help.

The Answer Key is a parent's dream. You'll find answers to each problem in the workbook and see all the steps on the way to that answer. And since there's more than one way to stuff a taco you'll even see alternate ways to solve some problems. If your kids get stuck on a problem, a quick peek inside the Answer Key will help them get started or see where they went wrong.

MathTacular4 Package

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This set with the DVD, Workbook, and Answer Key is great for grades 6 and up.

MathTacular4 DVD

If you'd prefer the DVD by itself, you can buy it now from BookShark, CBD, Rainbow Resource, or Sonlight.
The DVD alone is great for grades 4 and up.

Finally, with MathTacular 4, word problems are fun, practical ... and unbelievably understandable!

MathTacular 1-4 Set

MathTacular 1-4

Add the MathTacular4 DVD and Workbooks to master even word problems in addition to everything else. Take what you've learned in MathTacular 1-3 and now test your skills against the Word Puzzler, a devious foe bent on making math confusing. But never fear! With the help of Detective Justin Time and Amber Waves, your students will confidently ferret out the answers and laugh while doing so.

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