This interactive series is designed to prepare students to make the shift from arithmetic to upper level mathematics. Arithmetic skills—using the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division on different kinds of numbers—are reviewed with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and then applied to percents, integers, and simple equations and inequalities.
Other skill areas covered include measurement, ratios, rates, proportions, geometric terms and constructions, exponents, factors, patterns, graphs, functions, interest, graphing on the coordinate plane, data analysis, and probability. Each course level goes into greater detail in each topic.
Course 3 is designed to provide a solid foundation in order to fully prepare your child for Algebra 1. It can be considered a pre-algebra course. If students need more preparation, they should use the Algebra Readiness Course in this series, which is designed to come after Course 2 and before Course 3.
In addition to the standard math topics, the courses include practice in problem-solving skills, math vocabulary development, mental math, hands-on activities, and test-taking strategies. In the back of the Student Text is a Skills Handbook section that helps students who need more work with preliminary skills prior to doing the lesson. The lessons also contain self-check questions after certain explanations; the answers to these are in the back of the text so that students can get immediate feedback before continuing with the lesson.
Please note that the text includes online interactives that require passcodes. The publisher has yet to figure out a way to make those workable for homeschoolers. Since this information is supplemental to the course, the course is still useful without this access.
A third section in the back of the text offers word problems and extra skills for even further practice.
Middle School Course 3 Set (Middle Grades Mathematics Series)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Age: 13, 14, 15
Grade: 8, 9
Topic: Math, Arithmetic, Pre-Algebra