Many of my readers likely remember Denise Gaskins, who organizes the Playful Math Education Blog Carnival. Gaskins has other projects to help people, particularly parents, with mathematics education. One of them is a Kickstarter. It’s nearly completed — it’s to close the 1st of September at 9 pm Eastern — and it has already made most of its goals. But a bit of help could get it over its highest (listed) stretch goal.
The project is the publication of Word Problems From Literature, as described here. It’s a guide about not just how to calculate, but how to tackle word problems. Everyone learning mathematics hates these, but they’re the heart of so much real mathematics. You need to work out what to calculate, and where to find the pieces needed for that. Gaskins’s project is to publish word problems inspired by the books kids might actually read, and to guide them in setting up calculations and finding what they need to do the calculations.
The project has already met its basic and most of its stretch goals, which is nice to see. If you’d like to see more details, or help it reach its highest stretch goals, though, please check it at this link. Thank you.
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