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Prentice Hall Connected Mathematics Grade 8 (Single Bind) Student Editions (Hardcover) 2006 [Hardcover]

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (June 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131656236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131656239
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.8 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,132,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 1.6 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Supposed to make math fun....NOT Sept. 13 2012
By Janet V - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. Useless. Teaches Nothing. Jan. 30 2011
By Three Miles Down - Published on Amazon.com
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible. Sept. 24 2013
By Earl P Gregg - Published on Amazon.com
Both my wife and I have doctorate degrees and are spending hours per night attempting to determine what this book is teaching. I am breaking down today and ordering the teachers packs. It is amazing to me that there is no instructional material contained in the book. It seems to be a highly kept secrete as to how to solve these problems.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Practically Useless Dec 13 2009
By Thad M. Vuolo - Published on Amazon.com
If your school uses this book, I feel sorry for you. You and your student will spend countless hours going to OTHER books and websites to be able to complete the work presented here. There are few concrete examples in this text, it is mostly questions with no answers and little context. I assume it's designed to be used in conjunction with a lecture, but if your child happens to miss the lecture you are completely on your own.

There is a companion website that gives vague hints for a few specific problems in the book. It would do parents and children so much more good if they walked through and explained the particular question from start to finish with pictures, graphs, and answers. But instead it continually leaves me wondering why I even bother.

As a parent I find this book complete crap. I wouldn't wish it on any 8th grader.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for problem solving Aug. 10 2013
By hhaines - Published on Amazon.com
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.

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