Monday, March 10, 2014

ScienceandMath.com - Mastering 5th Grade Math - Volume 1 - Essentials of Fractions Review

ScienceandMath.com Review

Funny Bunny is currently in 5th grade, so when I was given the opportunity to review a 5th grade math product on fractions, I jumped at the chance!  I am always looking for ways for her to learn and review math concepts.

We received the DVD Mastering 5th Grade Math - Volume 1 - Essentials of Fractions by ScienceandMath.com.

The mission of ScienceAndMath.com is simple - to kindle your love of Science, Math, and the world around you! 

ScienceandMath.com Review

Mastering 5th Grade Math - Essentials of Fractions is a 4 volume series, each including step by step video lessons, worksheets, and an answer key.

Jason Gibson, the creator of these award winning videos, is the instructor throughout the series.  Jason has earned advanced degrees in Engineering and Physics and has worked as a Rocket Scientist for NASA.

ScienceandMath.com Review

The Mastering 5th Grade Math - Volume 1 - Essentials of Fractions Table of Contents is as follows.  There are 16 lessons that range from reviewing the concepts of fractions to writing whole numbers as fractions. You can click below on the links to see a few sample videos. 

Lesson 1: Review of Fraction Concepts {Sample}
Lesson 2: Writing Fractions as Words
Lesson 3: Finding Factors of Numbers
Lesson 4: Finding the Greatest Common Factor
Lesson 5: Finding the GCF of 3 Numbers
Lesson 6: Prime Factorization {Sample} 
Lesson 7: Equivalent Fractions {Sample} 
Lesson 8: Renaming Fractions    
Lesson 9: Simplifying Fractions, Part 1
Lesson 10:
 Simplifying Fractions, Part 2
Lesson 11: Review of Improper Fractions
Lesson 12: Review of Mixed Fractions
Lesson 13: Writing Mixed Fractions as Improper Fractions
Lesson 14: Writing Improper Fractions as Mixed Fractions
Lesson 15: Thinking of Fractions as Division
Lesson 16: Writing Whole Numbers as Fractions

There are two discs included in the set.  The first includes all 16 lessons and can be used in the DVD player.  This is how we watched each lesson.

The second disc includes the worksheets for each lesson and the answer key.  It also includes all of the video lessons in MP4 Format for those who would rather watch them on the computer.  Mine opened easily in Windows Media Player.

How we used it:

Funny Bunny and I watched a lesson about every other day together.  The lessons are short, many less than 10 minutes.  We watched a lesson, I answered any questions she had, and then she would complete the worksheets that corresponded to the lesson. 


Jason was very easy to listen to and he took his time to explain each of the concepts.  I liked the fact that after the explanation, he gave not just one or two, but several different examples. And each lesson builds on the previous.


Volume 1 in the series was mostly review for Funny Bunny, and actually some of the lessons went right along with what she is learning in her current math curriculum.  It was a great way to reinforce the concepts.


My Thoughts:

To be honest, I just never know how instructor led DVDs are going to go in our home.  They have been hit or miss with Funny Bunny.  Sometimes the instructor is too distracting and sometimes the lessons are not taught in a way that she can relate to.  Thankfully, this was not the case with Mastering 5th Grade Math.

Now as I said before, Volume 1 was mostly review for her, but she had no trouble sitting through each of the short lessons and completing the worksheets.  I am actually thinking of getting Volumes 2-4 and having her complete them over the summer so she has a good grasp on all aspects of fractions before starting 6th grade.  Many of the concepts in Volumes 3 and 4 specifically, would be new to her.

I think this would be a great product for the child who is either new to or struggling with fractions.

Thoughts of a 10-Year Old:

Mastering 5th Grade Math Volume 1 helps to explain what fractions are, how to write them, how to simplify them, how to tell whether fractions are equivalent, and more.  Since I already knew these concepts, it was more like an easy review for me.  But if I had not known this concept, was confused with fractions, or wasn't very good at math, this would be a good way to learn and understand them.  Jason was great at explaining the math problems, and he made them easy to understand. 

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at ScienceandMath.comMastering 5th Grade Math - Volume 1 - Essentials of Fractions is just $15.99 {down from the list price of $21.99} for the DVD and $14.99 for the download.  You can save 10% by purchasing the Mastering 5th Grade Math Bundle for $57.56.  Mastering 5th Grade Math is recommended for grades 4-6.  You can also find them on Facebook.

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