Math For All Seasons, Greg Tang

**Unleashing the Four Seasons of Math Fun: An In-depth Exploration of Greg Tang’s ‘Math For All Seasons'”**

Hello to all math educators out there! Today, we are diving into the imaginative world of Greg Tang’s **“Math For All Seasons: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles.”** This delightful book brings a fresh perspective to teaching mathematics, making it more enjoyable and captivating for our students. Tang ingeniously intertwines the beauty of the four seasons with mind-boggling riddles, stirring children’s curiosity and encouraging them to think outside the proverbial math box. So, how can we, as teachers, harness the full potential of this brilliant resource? Let’s find out.

**Bringing Tang’s Riddles to Life in Your Classroom**

One of the most appealing aspects of Tang’s book is its inherent flexibility. Its riddles can be modified and adjusted to cater to different levels of comprehension, making it an excellent tool for differentiation.

**Accommodations and Modifications**

The beauty of the book is its natural alignment with a diverse range of learning needs. For instance, you can easily accommodate learners with special needs by simplifying the riddles or offering hints. Modify them by focusing on single steps in the riddles instead of the entire problem. This accommodation helps students focus on understanding and mastering one skill at a time.

For advanced learners, you can modify the riddles to be more challenging by adding additional steps or complexity. For instance, a riddle that initially involved addition or subtraction could be altered to include multiplication or division.

**Creating an Interactive Learning Environment**

We can heighten the fun and engagement factor by transforming Tang’s riddles into interactive games. It allows students to apply mathematical concepts actively while promoting critical thinking skills. Here’s an innovative game idea I call “Seasons of Math Fun” that aligns perfectly with Tang’s book.

**Seasons of Math Fun: Gameplay Instructions**

For this game, you will need a standard deck of playing cards. The face cards (King, Queen, Jack) will be the primary ‘season changers’ in our game, with each representing a different season. The numerical cards will be used to solve the riddles.

**Setup:**Divide the students into teams of three or four. Each team gets a deck of playing cards.**Gameplay:**The game begins by drawing a face card from the deck, which sets the ‘season’ for the round. For instance, Kings could represent Winter, Queens – Spring, and Jacks – Summer.- Each team will then draw four numerical cards to form a math riddle related to the season. The team must solve the riddle using any of the four basic mathematical operations. For instance, if the season is ‘Winter’ (King), and the numerical cards drawn are 2, 3, 4, and 5, the riddle could be, “Create an equation to represent the number of weeks in winter.”
- Teams take turns, and the game continues until each team has had a chance to solve riddles for each ‘season’.
- The team that solves the most riddles correctly in the shortest time wins.

This engaging game combines Tang’s creativity and mathematical rigor, stimulating students’ thinking while nurturing their competitive spirit. It’s flexible enough to be modified for different ability levels and keeps students engaged using familiar objects in their classroom.

**Alignment with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)**

One of the impressive facets of “Math For All Seasons” is its compatibility with the CCSS. The book and our interactive game align with various standards, notably:

**CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.OA.A.2**– Solve addition and subtraction word problems.**CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.B.3**– Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.**CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.B.2**– Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.**CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7**– Multiply and divide within 100.

**Greg Tang’s “Math For All Seasons”** is a creative tool that, with our strategic accommodations, modifications, and interactive game, can boost students’ math skills while enhancing their enjoyment of the subject. Harness the potential of this book and unlock a new season of mathematical fun in your classroom.

Greg Tang and partner, Harry Briggs are back with another innovative, seasonal counting book that’s ready to challenge younger readers. Each clever problem, posed as a riddle, and told in engaging rhyme is enhanced with bold and vibrant, eye-catching, computer-generated illustrations. No more counting the old fashioned, slow way, one by one. Tang and Briggs help kids think creatively by looking for patterns and recognizing groupings. Little ones will feel a real sense of accomplishment as they begin to develop the problem solving skills and tactics they’ll use for the rest of their lives. With a helpful hint included at the end of each rhyme to get you started, and a straighforward, easy to understand answer key at the end, youngsters 4-8 won’t even know they’re working on math problems. They’ll just think they’re just having fun! For those with older kids, be sure to get this dynmaic duo’s first book of mind-stretchers, The Grapes Of Math.

I have been waiting for any books from this series. This one is another wonderful, innovative counting book that’s ready to challenge children who just start their math thinking. Each thoughtfully designed problem, posed as a riddle, and told in engaging rhyme is presented together with eye-catching and mind-stretching illustrations. No more boredom in counting the old way. The authors help kids think creatively by looking for patterns, relations and recognizing groupings. Young children will feel a real sense of accomplishment as they begin to develop the problem solving skills and tactics they’ll use for the rest of their lives. With a helpful hint at the end of each rhyme to perk up the interest, and a straight forward, easy to understand answer key at the end, many kids don’t even know they’re working on math problems. They’re just having fun!

This book is particularly useful for gifted and talented children, who are ready to learn math very early. It instills natural and intuitive math thinking without the requirement of a formal textbook learning. When later on I do need a more formal and systematic math for my gifted child, we use Beestar online GT programs at beestar.org. Similar to this book, they are innovative and thoughtful.

Overall, this book is as good as I have hoped. Highly recommend.