Card Game Roundup

Math Games That Roam the Concept Range

By Trudy Bortz; Josh Rappaport; Sally Blakemore (Illustrator)
(Singing Turtle Press, Paperback, 9780965911399, 96pp.)

Publication Date: January 2010

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In Card Game Roundup, Singing Turtle Press rustles up a passel of fun card games that parents and their little cowboys and cowgirls can play together - all the while learning valuable and interesting math skills. The book is for parents with children in grades kindergarten through second grade, but it is also aimed at homeschoolers, tutors and teachers. The games, created by veteran teachers Trudy Bortz and Josh Rappaport (author of the Parents' Choice award-winning Algebra Survival Guide), are so much fun that kids won't even realize they're learning math as they play. In Quicksand, players must climb up a tree and grab a branch before they fall into the deadly sand pit below. This game teaches number line concepts, addition, subtraction, and even the notion of positive and negative numbers.In Galloping Guesses, players pretend they are gypsies using psychic powers to guess the suit of overturned cards. By keeping track of their guesses, children make discoveries about data and probability.And in the rodeo game Bucking Broncos, children learn about patterns and functions by trying to identify patterns uniting sets of cards. If they get the pattern right, they win rodeo points; get it wrong, and they're bucked off their bronco. The book is beautifully illustrated in soft Western tones by artist Sally Blakemore (winner of the 2002 Children's Literature Choice Award), and it aligns with the Standards 2000 of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

About the Author
Trudy Bortz is a recognized expert in early childhoold education. Trudy teaches in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. Josh and Trudy are also co-authors of Card Game Roundup for PreK-Grade 1.

Josh Rappaport is the author of the Parents' Choice award-winning Algebra Survival Guide, and co-author of PreAlgebra Blastoff and the Card Game Roundup books. Josh taught middle school and high school, and for the last 20 years has been president of the Now I Get It! Learning Center, where he teaches and tutors children of all ages.

Sally Blakemore was born an artist and eccentric who genuinely loves people, animals, books, life, art, music and travel. Arty Projects Studio, Santa Fe, Ltd., is her award-winning book-packaging company which has produced books for Little Simon, Dutton, HarperCollins, Disney Press, Viking, Getty Press, and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, to name just a few.
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