Friday, November 18, 2011

Picture Book Month: Math Curse

Even middle school math students want to be read to. Today's theme: school
Math Curse by the hilarious Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith bring the magical and manic back into mathematics. Mrs. Fibonacci announces in math class that "you can think of almost everything as a math problem," and the next day, our poor narrator is afflicted with a "math curse" that changes how she views every facet of her day. Soon, everything is a math problem, from the real questions ("How many quarts in a gallon?") to silly nonsensical calculations.  

What it looks like in the Middle:
This book brings back the wonder, and curiosity into mathematics. Math should be fun and problem solving should be this hilarious. It's a great book to read aloud in algebra or pre-algebra, especially before the word problems that haunt as as adults. "Two trains leave a station going towards each other. . ."

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