## Math Monsters Episode #8: Time [VHS]

### John Burstein

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Math Monsters™ is a brand new, beautifully animated public television series that is designed to help students, grades K through 2nd, learn mathematics at home and in the classroom. The series was produced in cooperation with The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics to meet and support their newly released national standards for K-2 math instruction. Math Monsters is an entertaining gateway to in-depth mathematical thinking and reasoning involving meaningful real world problems.

In episode #8, Time, the Monsters go outside to play and fly a kite. Since there is only one kite, they must take turns – but how long should each of these turns last? How can they be fair? At first they try to time by counting, but they soon learn that everyone doesn’t count at the same speed. Then they hit upon the idea of a water clock (actually, drips from the bottom of a juice cup). They all punch holes in their cups and fill them to the same level. However, they soon discover that if the holes aren’t the same size and so their time measurements are in conflict. Next they standardize the hole in the cup. But what happens if they wish to time something shorter than one cup full? Now they must learn how to break up the time into shorter and quantifiable amounts (much like dividing an hour into halves and quarters). Our field trip is to a clock maker who introduces us to the way human beings use analogue and digital clocks to tell time.

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Review:

"A well made series with short "Catchy" songs and simple storylines that are very appealing, Math Monsters is highly recommended." -- Video Librarian

"Appealing characters, lively music, gentle humor, and educational themes all add up to another winning series from PBS." -- Parent's Choice

"One of the finest educational videos we've ever seen, Math Monsters sets and raises the bar for all educational series." -- The National Parenting Center

"The problems and subsequent solutions are shown on screen with clear, concrete explanations. This series is an excellent tool..." -- School Library Journal

"These Lively programs are excellent for the primary school math curriculum" -- Booklist, American Library Journal