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Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving…

Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving

by Greg Tang

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This book contains pictures of grouped objects on each page and instructs the reader to find a number of different ways to combine the groups in order to reach a specified number. I like that the book engages the child in problem-solving tasks, but I think that children may find it difficult to remember which group combinations they already used, possibly resulting in unnecessary confusion. I also like that the book contains famous works of art and includes the artists name and the year in which the piece was created. ( )
  albethea | Sep 17, 2018 |
A book about artwork that helps teach math.
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  TUCC | Jul 12, 2018 |
Math-terpieces is an informational book that talks about different artists and shows their works of art. Then the author takes a piece from the painting and groups it. The students are then required to add up those groups in several different ways to make a certain number. This continues throughout the book giving students the opportunity to practice their addition skills while learning about artists.
  ejoy13 | Mar 17, 2015 |
This book is set up as a puzzle type book that is an entertaining way for kids to be exposed to famous works of art and helping them practice their counting and grouping skills during the process. Tang took several famous paintings, such as VanGough’s Starry Night, and Warhal’s Cambels Soup and uses the painting to create a poem. In the poem, Tang describes the painting and then challenges the reader to look at the next page where there are several groups of objects coming from the painting. After looking at the next page, the reader is to bring different groups of the objects together in order to have one group of a specific predetermined number.
It is a picture book not only full of famous paintings by famous artists, but it is also full of very colorful illustrations and pictures that relate and are similar to those specific paintings. The poems are fun to read as well. Tang did a great job at bringing together three different forms of education into one collection teaching across disciplines. The art exposes the students to popular cultural masterpieces. The poems open the children’s minds up to different forms of writing. And the counting exercises that help build math skills and alternative ways to count and group numbers together.
Something very valuable to me was the note about the author in the back of the book. Greg Tang is a very knowledgeable and extremely clever math writer who has written other extremely creative approaches to teach math concepts that don’t include memorization or formulae. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from Harvard in Math, and teachers have praised him across the country. Among his other books include Math Potatoes, The Grapes of Math, The Best of Times, and Math for All Seasons. The book would be very good for early level math lessons, probably anywhere from 2nd to 4th grades, but I could see librarians using it their collection for older students to thumb through just to keep their minds agile or for a review or project including poems or fine art. This could also be a great project for kids where they could find their own works of fine art and write a poem about it and come up with a counting or grouping puzzle to accompany the two and they could present it to the class as a whole. These are the kind of books I loved growing up, and I would only assume that even kids today would pick it up and be intrigued by the creativity of Greg Tang.
  AaronPendleton | May 6, 2013 |
Summary: An informative book about how artists use math to create their paintings. It teaches children how to group numbers, look for patterns and keeping an open mind while using pieces of famous art.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoying how this helped teach children math but in a not so traditional way. The illustrations were bright and vivid and helped to keep the reader engaged. I also thought it was pretty ingenious how it also included poetry.

Classroom Extension:

1) Use this book as an introduction to a math unit

2) Use other works of art for the math lesson ( )
  RosieBillings | Apr 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439443881, Hardcover)

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Greg Tang challenges kids to solve problems creatively while introducing art history.

In his most ground-breaking book since THE BEST OF TIMES (Fall 2002), Greg Tang underscores the importance of four basic rules in problem-solving. Keeping an open mind, looking for unusual number combinations, using multiple skills (like subtracting to add) and looking for patterns, will guarantee any child success in math. In MATH-TERPIECES, Tang continues to challenge kids with his innovative approach to math, and uses art history to expand his vision for creative problem-solving.

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A series of rhymes about artists and their works introduces counting and grouping numbers, as well as such artistic styles as cubism, pointillism, and surrealism.

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