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About My Pals are Here mathematics 2nd Edition
My Pals are Here a comprehensive, activity-based programme designed to provide pupils with a firm foundation in Maths and to develop creative and critical thinking skills resulting in efficient problem solvers. Singapore Maths has produced a world-class level of achievement for years. Singapore students scored at the top in the past four "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies" (TIMSS). It is a mathematical framework that places problem solving at the centre, supporting students' basic understanding of a topic and allowing them to move beyond theory to practical applications of maths in the real world. The material is presented in a logical sequence which reinforces key maths principles until they are fully understood before moving to the next topic. There is a consistent use of pictorial bars or strip models to provide a unifying methodology that enables students to think spatially and to solve difficult maths problems utilising a range of skills and concepts to arrive at a solution.
Pupil’s books
The direct correlation of the Workbooks to the Pupil’s books allows for practice, assessment and development of problem-solving and thinking skills. Reviews and Revisions consolidate learning.
The Pupil’s books make learning Maths fun and rewarding through the use of engaging illustrations and games.
'Let's Learn!' introduces concepts in an engaging and easy to understand format, with questions that allow for immediate assessment of pupils' understanding.
'Carry out this activity' and 'Play this game!' reinforce skills, concepts and problem-solving strategies through cooperative learning.
'Let's Explore!' provides opportunities to carry out investigative activities to apply learning.
'Try IT!' offers learning activities using information technology.
'Maths Journal' offers opportunities for self-reflection.
'Put On Your Thinking Caps!' challenges pupils to solve non-routine questions.
'Home Maths' offers suggestions for meaningful parental involvement.
For the teacher:
Use the engaging and highly scaffolded ‘Let’s Learn!’ to introduce concepts. Parallel questions allow for immediate assessment and consolidation of concepts learnt.
Carry out investigative activities in ‘Let’s Explore!’ These allow pupils to apply concepts learnt.
Challenge pupils to solve non-routine questions by applying relevant heuristics and thinking skills in ‘Put On Your Thinking Caps!’
For the parent/guardian:
Enjoy the books with your friends. ‘Carry out this activity’ and ‘Play this game!’ will lead you to discover games and activities that involve the use of Maths.
Use computers to carry out fun-filled activities in ‘Try it!’
Share with your teachers what you have learnt, create your own Maths questions, and become aware of your own mathematical thinking in ‘Maths Journal’.
Have fun learning Maths with Googol and his pals.
Make Maths come alive by using the tips found in ‘Home Maths’ to apply mathematical concepts to common scenarios in and around the home.
For the pupil:
Enjoy the books with your friends. ‘Carry out this activity’ and ‘Play this game!’ will lead you to discover games and activities that involve the use of Maths. Use computers to carry out fun-filled activities in ‘Try it!’
Share with your teachers what you have learnt, create your own Maths questions, and become aware of your own mathematical thinking in ‘Maths Journal’. Have fun learning Maths with Googol and his pals.
Workbooks
The workbooks complement the Pupil's book using a variety of questions, word problems and riddles for reinforcement, testing and consolidation of concepts. Drawing from extensive research and feedback from teachers and pupils, the the workbooks include sections such as Challenging Practice, Problem Solving, Reviews and Revision Papers.
'Practices' reinforce essential mathematical concepts, skills and problem-solving strategies.
'Challenging Practice ' broadens pupils' thinking skills and extends their understanding of mathematical concepts.
'Problem Solving' challenges pupils to use relevant heuristics for non-routine questions.
''Reviews' consolidate concepts after every two or three chapters.
'Revisions' integrate topics, concepts and strands to provide complete consolidation.
For the teacher:
Use ‘Practices’ with well-structured questions to test and reinforce concepts learnt in the Pupil’s Book.
Develop pupil’s creativity and critical thinking skills with ‘Challenging Practice’ and ‘Problem Solving’.
‘Reviews’ after every two or three chapters provide consolidation of concepts learnt.
For complete consolidation, use ‘Revisions’ which integrate topics, concepts and strands.
For the pupil:
Share with your teachers what you have learnt, create your own Maths questions, become aware of your own mathematical thinking in ‘Maths Journal’.
Have fun learning Maths with Googol and his pals!
Enrichment books
The Enrichment books complement the My Pals are Here maths package.
The books contain practice questions that extend the concepts, skills and strategies that pupils have learnt in the Pupil’s Book and Workbook. Full of fun questions that stimulate logical thinking and combine elements from Maths, Art and English, the enrichment books enliven mathematics education and provide a challenge to pupils who seek more than ordinary mathematics questions.
The enrichment books were created by skilled educators who believe in making the learning of Mathematics a positive and rewarding experience for pupils. The have been written and designed with a sense of humour and filled with attractive illustrations.
Homework books
The Homework books are a series of practice and revision tests that complement the My Pals are Here maths package.
These books follow the sequence of chapters in the My Pals Are Here Pupil’s books. They comprise two parts – A and B – for each level. There are ample questions to reinforce all the concepts taught throughout the school year. A section on challenging questions called ‘Put On Your Thinking Caps!’ is included at the end of each chapter to develop pupils’ creative and critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These questions encourage students to think outside of the box and they inject fun into the learning of Mathematics. Revision tests are also included.
Practice makes perfect is a saying that rings especially true for the subject of Mathematics. Solving problems after learning the underlying theories is crucial to reinforcing concepts and deepening one’s understanding of the subject. This pupil-friendly book encourages excellence in Maths through consistent hard work and practice.
These books are ideal for teachers aiming to consolidate lessons and get their pupils to do revision outside of the classroom.
Tests books
The tests books are a series of test and examination papers designed to complement the My Pals are Here Pupil’s books and provide pupils with the practice needed to excel in Maths.
The tests provide ample practice and exposure to examination-like questions, giving pupils greater confidence to face exams. Each test covers a topic in the Pupil’s book and pupils are tested on their understanding of the mathematical concepts and skills involved in the topic. Sections that allow a calculator are indicated.
Worked solutions with models are provided for problem sums to help pupils understand the mathematical processes involved. For some of these questions, two methods are shown to demonstrate the different ways that pupils can solve a problem. A section on ‘Challenging problems’ is also included to help develop pupils’ problem-solving skills. The questions here, though well within syllabus requirements for the level, are challenging and non-routine.
We recommend that pupils complete the test papers within the time allotted to help them improve their accuracy and speed.
Teaching Guides
The Teaching Guides comprise:
Schemes of Work.
Pages from the Pupil’s Book and Workbook with Answers.
Specific Instructional Objectives, Key Concepts and Instructional Procedures.
'Optional and Additional Activities that teachers can get pupils to carry out so as to enhance hands-on learning.
An Appendix section at the end of the book contains Blackline Masters that aim to help teachers in preparing their lessons.
A set of ‘Chapter Opener and Remember’ lesson plans is also available online. The lesson plans introduce pupils to the respective chapters and help them recap what they have learnt in previous chapters. If time permits or when pupils require more practice, teachers can use the ‘Let’s Practise!’ sections, which are also available online.
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