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December 12, 2008

Math Curse

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Math Curse

Author: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Page Length: 30

Reading Level: 3

Genre: Fiction         

PLOT SUMMARY: When Mrs. Fibonacci, the teacher, challenges her class by saying, “You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem,” the narrator finds she is consumed with math equations about everything she encounters in his everyday life.  Her thoughts are so full of math that she feels he has a “math curse”.   After a day of calculating her every thought and move with math equations, she even dreams about math.  However, the following morning, she quickly resolves the first math question of the day.  Relieved of the curse, she attends her science class, only to hear this statement come out of Mr. Newton’s mouth, “You know, you can think of almost everything as a science experiment . . .”

REVIEW: This is a colorful, well illustrated, book with dozens of math thought questions.  It could be used in a class presentation to challenge students to think of ways we use math in everyday life.  It is short and a lower reading level that would appeal to boys who want to avoid reading longer chapter books. 

AREAS OF TEACHING: Cause/Effect, Logical Argument, Making Predictions

RELATED BOOKS: Sir Cumference and the Dragon Pi, Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter, What’s Your Angle Pythagoras, Spaghetti and Meatballs for All: A Mathematical Story, Anno’s Magic Seeds

MOVIE, MUSIC, ART CONNECTIONS: Stand and Deliver (1988), October Sky (l999)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=1123

www.lessonplanet.com/directory/Math

www.theteacherscorner.net/lessonplans/math/storyproblems/mathcurse.htm

www.alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=1711

www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/index.html

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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