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Math Circles for Elementary School Students
Natasha Rozhkovskaya, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
A co-publication of the AMS and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

MSRI Mathematical Circles Library
2014; 166 pp; softcover
Volume: 13
ISBN-10: 1-4704-1695-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4704-1695-9
List Price: US$25
Institutional Members: US$20
All Individuals: US$20
Order Code: MCL/13
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The main part of this book describes the first semester of the existence of a successful and now highly popular program for elementary school students at the Berkeley Math Circle. The topics discussed in the book introduce the participants to the basics of many important areas of modern mathematics, including logic, symmetry, probability theory, knot theory, cryptography, fractals, and number theory. Each chapter in the first part of this book consists of two parts. It starts with generously illustrated sets of problems and hands-on activities. This part is addressed to young readers who can try to solve problems on their own or to discuss them with adults. The second part of each chapter is addressed to teachers and parents. It includes comments on the topics of the lesson, relates those topics to discussions in other chapters, and describes the actual reaction of math circle participants to the proposed activities.

The supplementary problems that were discussed at workshops of Math Circle at Kansas State University are given in the second part of the book.

The book is richly illustrated, which makes it attractive to its young audience.

In the interest of fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life, MSRI and the AMS are publishing books in the Mathematical Circles Library series as a service to young people, their parents and teachers, and the mathematics profession.

Titles in this series are co-published with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).


Math educators, teachers, mathematicians, instructors of math circles, and parents interested in general mathematical education.


"Why are there so few math circles, particularly for younger children? One of the reasons is the belief that very young kids are simply not ready for complex math. Another reason is that finding deep and engaging math activities, adapted for this younger audience, is itself a challenge. Natasha Rozhkovskaya's new book, Math Circles for Elementary School Students, helps deal with both these difficulties.

"Click here to view online video review."

-- Moebuis Noodles

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