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X Power

Ideal for Grades: 3 - 6
Duration: Ten 15-minute episodes
Closed-Captioned
©2003 Slim Goodbody Productions

X-Power is an animated series designed to foster the development of algebraic thinking and support the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.

"X-Power supports the current paradigm shift in algebra instruction methods that promote visualization of concepts, multiple methods to solve problems and methods other than emphasizing abstract symbolic manipulation.

The series focuses on the adventures of an ethnically diverse team of five 8th/9th graders, each with his/her own strength vis a vis representing problems - visual, numerical, graphical, reflecting the different styles with which students address problems they encounter.

X-Power is designed to support the classroom teacher - primarily to either introduce or review a concept. It has been created to maximize television's ability to deliver information in a visually unique fashion - one that cannot be duplicated in textbooks, on blackboards or in verbal discussion. It is one more tool that teacher's can use to enhance instruction.

Those who love mathematics feel in their bones what no student who steps into a math classroom probably ever learns - that math is fun. It's challenging to be sure, exasperating sometimes, but mathematicians see the world through a special lens - one that seeks patterns and order. And like musicians who practice their art, mathematicians are able to feel the joy, the movement and the flow that is at the heart of their discipline.

Teacher guide provided free of charge in downloadable PDF format.

Rights granted with the purchase of DVD include: a) life of media audiovisual use, b) public performance, c) campus or building closed circuit and digital/video-on-demand transmission.  

Click on the individual episode details below to learn more and view the Teacher's Guide for each episode.

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