A fun, easy-to-implement collection of activities that give elementary and middle-school students a real understanding of key math concepts.  Over 100 Hands-On Activities that promote real math understanding. 


Math is a difficult and abstract subject for many students, yet teachers need to make sure their students comprehend basic math concepts. This engaging activity book is a resource teachers can use to give students concrete understanding of the math behind the questions on most standardized tests, and includes information that will give students a firm grounding to work with more advanced math concepts.

  • Contains over 100 activities that address topics like number sense, geometry, computation, problem solving, and logical thinking.
  • Includes projects and activities that are correlated to National Math Education Standards
  • Activities are presented in order of difficulty and address different learning styles

Math Wise! is a key resource for teachers who want to teach their students the fundamentals that drive math problems.


From the Back Cover

Math Wise! Over 100 Hands-On Activities that Promote Real Math Understanding Grades K-8 Second Edition

Many students find math a difficult and abstract subject. To compound the problem, teachers who are pressured to focus on meeting math standards all too often find themselves teaching to the test, leaving little time for teaching students how to really understand math concepts.

Math Wise! offers teachers a collection of hands-on math activities, puzzles, and games designed to help students in elementary and middle school fully comprehend math concepts in a fun, engaging way. Sequenced in order of grade level and difficulty, the activities accommodate a variety of learning styles. This practical resource also helps students meet many National Math Education Standards as it teaches them a true grasp of the math they are learning.

With more than 100 easy-to-teach activities, Math Wise! is a key resource for teachers who want their students to learn the fundamentals behind math problems.

Praise for Math Wise!

"Math Wise! is a unique, comprehensive, and well-organized compilation of activities with concrete, visual, and abstract tasks to enrich any teacher's repertoire of skills." —Raine Bumatay, support provider K–12, Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment, Fresno Unified School District

"A timeless asset in my set of classroom tools?this book offers an easy-to-use format with highly motivating hands-on activities."—Lisa Esson, M.Ed., special education gateways teacher, Nampa School District, Nampa, Idaho

"Math Wise! brings mathematics to teachers and students through over 100 engaging and user-friendly lessons using key mathematical concepts and skills. This resource offers a wealth of activities, puzzles, games, and extensions . . . . to challenge the student at every level of mathematical development."—Nancy H. Aaberg, superintendent, Yuba City Unified School District, Yuba City, California


About the Author

Jim Overholt, Ed.D., Professor of Education at California State University, Chico, has over 30 years of teaching experience. He is the coauthor of Math Stories for Problem Solving Success, Second Edition from Jossey-Bass.


Laurie Kincheloe, M.A., taught high school mathematics for 12 years and currently teaches mathematics at Butte College in Northern California. She has worked with K–12 students, parents, and teachers as a family math coordinator and as a mentor teacher.


  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470471999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470471999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11 inches

Math Wise! Grades K-8