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Prentice Hall Connected Mathematics Grade 8 (Single Bind) Student Editions (Hardcover) 2006 Hardcover – Jun 23 2006

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  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (June 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131656236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131656239
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,925,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great for problem solving Aug. 10 2013
By hhaines - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Did the first scientist looking at mold growth rates know that the rate of growth would be exponential - no. They studied it and figured it out. Kids are learning to be problem solvers in this program and there is research to back up that they are prepared for high school and beyond when they are learning problem solving skills. Math in your life is not a set of exercises where you have to solve for x in 40 different problems so why should it be that way when we teach kids math. Just because something is new and different doesn't make it bad.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unconnected Math Dec 9 2013
By Ebasco Engineer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One star is generous. First, the title is a contradiction, this math isn't "connected" to anything, including itself. The 700 pages consists of 8 100-page comic books which are in no ways connected, or dependent on an orderly progression through the book. The 8 sections are printed separately for students as "books." Good students can't determine why or where they are, can't determine why they should be learning the material, and are left with no idea what properties of the story problems (for which there are a bazillion vignettes all starting with a politically correct [and obscure] child's name) are responsible for the problems being grouped in that section of the book. For an area of study that bills itself now as a science, and has as a purpose problem solving, this mathematics program for middle schoolers is disorganized, fragmented, illogical, and pointless. Combined with the Discovery Math from Key Curriculum Press, Seattle's math students are bound to be rendered senseless from 6 to 12. I've not read over the K to 5 curriculum. Both a San Francisco math professor and Richard Feynman have spoken more eloquently about the badness of new math books, and I doubt they saw these best-worst examples. Google them. I will reiterate, for those of us who love reading math textbooks, these are torture to fight through a few sections, and hopeless to complete. The damage they do to students who truly want to learn math is unmeasurable.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Supposed to make math fun....NOT Sept. 13 2012
By Janet V - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for one reason: so that my daughter could have an extra copy at home because her backpack weighed 30 pounds. I'm selling it for the same reason: to save another child's back. After a year of using this book, here's my opinion: I HATE THIS BOOK. Here's why:

1. It will not prepare your child for high school. Heck, your kid may not even know what they are studying! Seriously, ask your eighth-grader what they are doing in math this week. "Growing, Growing Growing". What's that about? "Umm, snake populations, growing mold, cooling water, stuff like that." Hello, you're studying Expotential Equations. Next week your kid will study "Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes". Whay can't you just call it Quadratic Equations? When their high school teacher asks if they've had quadratic equations, will these students reply "Was that the one with the frogs?" C'mon, these titles are for elementary school, not middle school. And what's with "Reflections, Connections, Extensions, Applications"...why not just have explanations, sample problems, and quizzes?

2. This book is the epitome of what's wrong with schools today: political correctness for it's own sake (even when irrelevant to the subject matter), attempting to entertain the student instead of teach (school is supposed to be a rigorous mental challenge, not "fun", just as teachers are supposed to be adult role models, not "friends"), the idea that students must have self-esteem before they can tackle math (instead of the reverse which is more logical: succeeding in math gives the student higher self-esteeem).

There is a superfluous photo or picture on almost every page; these are visual distractions, they do not enrich, rather they compete for students' focus. What is the purpose of a photo of a child diving into a swimming pool, next to a problem on how to measure the surface area of the pool? Is it necessary to show drawing of the painted tiles of the pool, in a problem about measuring the number of tiles for the pool?

Are the obligatory photos of politically correct kids supposed to foster "self-esteem"? My daughter and her friends immediately picked up on the pictures of the Black kid, the White kid, the Latino kid, the Asian kid...there are THREE photos of students in wheelchairs. Why?

This book tries so hard to be "relevant" and convince students that they NEED math to survive everyday life. Sorry kids but at this level, you should be over that and learning math for the sake of math: because it gives you satisfying mental challenges, and is beautiful in itself. A few of you will use it in Science/Technoolgy/Engineering/Math careers, and the rest of you will benefit from learning to think creatively.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Horrible. Useless. Teaches Nothing. Jan. 30 2011
By Three Miles Down - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For the last few years (sixth through eighth grade), we in Jefferson County Public Schools have been subjected to the use of the horrendous book that is Connected Mathematics 2. I have to say, it is the worst book ever used since Everyday Mathematics in elementary school.

For one, they try to cram so much (useless) information into one year's worth of instruction. In the beginning of eighth grade, we were still working on a seventh grade book, and have had to cut 3 books to fit into our year's curriculum in the honors program. I honestly feel that we should've just skipped the CM2 book and just went straight to College Preparatory Algebra 1.

Second, the books Kaleidoscopes, Hubcaps and Mirrors is completely and utterly ridiculous. What eighth grader doesn't understand the concept of Symmetry?

I do not recommend using this textbook. Go to the school board, and fight this!
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely terrible textbooks Dec 18 2009
By CD44 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher who teaches from these books, and I have to agree with many of the parents who review these books. Parents are not the only ones who are disgusted with these books. Teachers and administrations are also fed up with "Disconnected Math". The book's lobbyists are just too good, and school boards don't know any better, so we're forced to use these books.

In my class, i always prepare a set of lessons to teach my students the skills they need just to tackle the books themselves. The books just becomes one of many resources that i use in class. Perfect example of this: The book Variables and Patterns starts off by asking students about independent and dependent variables, and coordinates, without actually telling the students what those words mean. Luckily, I teach my students what they need to know before we even open these books, so the chapters just become "enrichment" activities or a chance for the students to work in cooperative groups (some of the activities make for some great, creative posters that i use to decorate the room and the halls).

Parents, if you are loud enough, we CAN get these books dropped from math curricula. Your kids are depending on you.

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