Math Detective uses topics and skills drawn from national math standards to prepare children for advanced math courses and assessments that measure reasoning, reading comprehension and writing in math. Students read a short story that includes a chart, table or graph. Next they answer critical thinking questions to improve their understanding of the math concept and develop their critical thinking (comprehension) skills. Students can't just scan the story for answers-they must carefully analyze and synthesize the information from the text and the chart, table or graph to explain and support their answers. Stories are age-relevant, high-interest and show students that math is integral to everyday activities. Includes general and student introductions, a lesson that explains the concept of evidence, a chart of topics and key ideas to help select activities, plus detailed answers. 38 activities total. Paperback by Terri Husted. 150 pages, measures 8-1/2 x 11".