Shaping Maths' colourful Coursebooks (3rd Edition) offer a wide range of learning experiences, taking pupils from the concrete to the abstract mode of mathematical representation. Through engaging activities, pupils gain a thorough grounding in basic mathematical skills and develop the higher-order thinking skills required to solve complex problems.Coursebooks are the textbooks for each semester of Shaping Maths – A and B for each level. These are in full color and give an explanation of the approach for the course and features of the books. The themes of the coursebooks revolve around four characters – Aini, Bala, Caili, and David. The illustrations with each lesson involve everyday life and activities of the four characters. There are 3 types of questions in the coursebooks, marked with icons for easy recognition – pre-requisite skills, reinforcement of current concepts, and higher-order thinking skills. Other sections in the lessons include ‘Fun with Maths,’ ‘My Notes,’ ‘Guiding Questions,’ and additional activities that may require manipulatives. ‘Fun with Maths’ encourages discovery and active thinking of math concepts and skills. ‘My Notes’ are pages that list or show key concepts. ‘Guiding Questions’ encourage the habit of checking to understand a problem. The additional activities may be individual or group activities that provide hands-on opportunities. Chapters are divided into lessons that are very visual and provide both written presentation and illustrations for clarity and suggestions for manipulatives that might be helpful. References to activity book pages are found at the bottom of the coursebook pages, when needed. The number of lessons and pages vary from book to book. Please note that this series uses metric measurements and Singaporean money. Singaporean money is a 100-cent, dollar-based system.