# Fun supplementals for upper elementary math

### #1

Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:01 PM

Hands on Equations

Critical Thinking Company math puzzles

Prime Climb

I'm sure I've heard of others but can't remember right now. Any particularly good living book series like the Sir Cumference books?

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### #2

Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:34 PM

We are working through the following with DD7 and DS9 (in addition to BA4 and AOPS Pre-A)

Patty Paper Geometry

This is Not a Maths Book

Math Projects You Can Build (not a lot of depth, but fun projects)

Balance Benders

Zaccaro books

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### #3

Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:38 PM

### #4

Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:42 PM

We like Number Devil, Math for Smarty Pants, Patty paper geometry, DragonBox Algebra 12+ and Geometry, Numberphile, and a variety of other things. We don't have curriculum for the following but we also do a lot of number theory, graph theory, and cryptography on the fly (e.g., my ds8 was thinking about triangular numbers recently, and started adding up other sequences, so we quick sketched a proof that the sum of the first n odd numbers is n^2 during dinner, complete with accompanying picture on the fridge white board.)

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### #5

Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:52 PM

How is Patty Paper Geometry for your seven year old? Would you recommend it for that age or is it way better for your nine year old?

We aren't that far into it, but both kids are enjoying it so far. If it gets too hard, we'll shelve it for a while and come back later.

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 02:19 PM

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 02:36 PM

### #8

Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:11 PM

My 3rd graders love the Murderous Maths book series. I had planned on reading them together but I think they've both read through the series twice now on their own. I still need to read them so I can't comment on quality/content.

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### #9

Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:34 PM

We like Number Devil, Math for Smarty Pants, Patty paper geometry, DragonBox Algebra 12+ and Geometry, Numberphile, and a variety of other things. We don't have curriculum for the following but we also do a lot of number theory, graph theory, and cryptography on the fly (e.g., my ds8 was thinking about triangular numbers recently, and started adding up other sequences, so we quick sketched a proof that the sum of the first n odd numbers is n^2 during dinner, complete with accompanying picture on the fridge white board.)

What is numberphile?

Thanks.

### #10

Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:41 PM

DS liked Jacobs' Mathematics A Human Endeavor. He is reading it like a chapter book, on the last chapter in fact

Also The cryptoclub, books of Perelman and Theoni Pappas, Mental maths of Arthur Benjamin, Original Area Mazes, Janice VanCleave's Math for every kid, Janice VanCleave's Geometry for every kid, Impossible folding Puzzles, Origami and chess books, art books of optical illusion, etc

**Edited by rushhush08, 30 January 2018 - 03:53 PM.**

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### #11

Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:43 PM

What is numberphile?

Thanks.

https://www.youtube....xIDTYp3uz647V5A

Just a youtube channel with short, fun math topics. Probably geared towards older kids, but has been great for my ALs. Some go over their heads without extra explanation from me, and some are not super exciting for them, but most of them are interesting and accessible.

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### #12

Posted 30 January 2018 - 03:47 PM

Murderous maths is a hit. My eldest read them 5 times minimum, and Number Devil, and Math for Smarty pants too

**Edited by rushhush08, 30 January 2018 - 03:48 PM.**

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### #13

Posted 30 January 2018 - 11:33 PM

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### #14

Posted 31 January 2018 - 12:12 PM

Our current lineup of extras includes Murderous Maths, Math for Smarty Pants, I Hate Mathematics, Amazing Math Projects That You Can Build Yourself, Hands On Equations, old Math Kangaroo tests, and Secrets of Mental Math.

Jackie,

Is Amazing Math Projects That You Can Build Yourself a book? youtube?

Thanks.

### #15

Posted 31 January 2018 - 12:14 PM

https://www.youtube....xIDTYp3uz647V5A

Just a youtube channel with short, fun math topics. Probably geared towards older kids, but has been great for my ALs. Some go over their heads without extra explanation from me, and some are not super exciting for them, but most of them are interesting and accessible.

Thanks.

You teach number theory and graph theory from a book? or just from experience? It doesn't have to be open and go for me.

### #16

Posted 31 January 2018 - 01:40 PM

Thanks.

You teach number theory and graph theory from a book? or just from experience? It doesn't have to be open and go for me.

Mostly from experience. My PhD dealt with an area of math that used a lot of graph theory, combinatorics, and number theory, and I've taught numerous classes in those field at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I like that stuff. But I also haven't given my kids a thorough course in it yet, since the eldest is just 8. We just do things on the fly as they come in life or as they come across someone's imagination!

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### #17

Posted 31 January 2018 - 01:46 PM

A book: https://www.amazon.c...7424285&sr=8-1. DD loves hands on stuff, and this is currently her favorite math resource on our shelves.Jackie,

Is Amazing Math Projects That You Can Build Yourself a book? youtube?

Thanks.

**Edited by Jackie, 31 January 2018 - 01:47 PM.**

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