For the final day of our week long STEAM festival, we are highlighting **math. **Sarah at Share It! Science is looking for the golden ratio in the garden. Here at Growing with Science we are going to celebrate STEM Friday by featuring some new math books and related activities.

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The expert team of Hilary Koll and Steve Mills have developed a unique series of math books illustrated by Vladimir Aleksic. Each feature gritty, real world applications of math with problems to solve embedded within the story. The challenges vary in difficulty and math skills needed.

In *Solve a Crime (You Do the Math)* Alex, an undercover police detective, shows how math can help catch a criminal. For example, on one page the reader is asked to use co-ordinates to map the evidence and then look on a grid to calculate the distance between certain items. These problems will require a pencil and piece of paper to do the work.

The graphic-style illustrations are bold and serious, adding to the true-to-life feel. Want to see how it looks? You can check out a sample of some of the pages at Google Books.

Related activities:

Math Mavens Mysteries has a Time for Crime math mystery to get students warmed up, complete with audio clips (index to all math mysteries with level of difficulty).

Age Range: 6 - 8 years

Publisher: QEB Publishing (April 1, 2015)

ISBN-10: 160992732X

ISBN-13: 978-1609927325

*Fly a Jet Fighter (You Do the Math)* follows pilot Katie as she handles data, interprets tables, and reads dials and scales. The goal is to create a squadron of jet fighter aces and complete the mission.

An additional activity to accompany this book might be a making a paper plane (Instructions for nine different models).

Age Range: 6 - 8 years

Publisher: QEB Publishing (April 1, 2015)

ISBN-10: 1609927311

ISBN-13: 978-1609927318

*Launch a Rocket into Space (You Do the Math)* follows each stage of the space mission to make sure the rocket blasts clear of the atmosphere and returns safely. It features astronaut Michael who helps the reader compete the math exercises and learn about everything from fractions to timelines. A few problems will require a protractor to measure angles.

Once again, here's a preview from Google Books:

Each of the books has a glossary and the answers for all the questions are in the back matter.

Although recommended for ages 6-8, these books could also be useful for older children who are struggling with math concepts or don't quite see how the math they are learning might be useful.

The books in the **You Do the Math series** would be perfect for homeschoolers and after school math clubs because they can be entirely child-directed reading.

Age Range: 6 - 8 years

Publisher: QEB Publishing (June 1, 2015)

ISBN-10: 160992729X

ISBN-13: 978-1609927295

Related:

Making Room for Math at Science Buddies has instructions for tons of math activities.

Don't forget to visit our growing list of math books for children (from counting books to high school level) at Science Books for Kids.

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Disclosures: The books were provided by **Quarto Publishing Group USA** for review purposes. Also, I am an affiliate for Amazon. If you click through the linked titles or ads and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Proceeds will be used to maintain this self-hosted blog.

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Our activity schedule is as follows:

June 22: **Science**

Growing with Science: Science activities for Kids

Share it! Science: Are You a Scientist?

June 23: **Technology**

Growing with Science: Technology for Kids

Share it! Science: Exploring Kid's Opportunities in Technology

June 24: **Engineering**

Growing with Science: Engineering Activities for Kids

Share it! Science: Rube Goldberg Machines- an Engineering Challenge

June 25: **Art with a STEM focus**

Growing with Science: Art Activities for Kids with a STEM Focus

Share it! Science: Family STEAM Night- Where Art Meets Science!

Today: **Math**

Growing with Science: this post

Share It! Science: Golden Ratio in the Garden

We would love to hear your questions or suggestions for STEAM-related projects to share with others. Let's heat up the summer with STEAM!

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Come visit the STEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math books.