Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

Scieszka, J. (1995). Math Curse. New York: Viking Press. Grades K-2.

Award: Maine's Student Favorite Book Award, the Texas Bluebonnet Award, The Great Stone Face Book Award
Subject Area: Math
Genre: Picture Book

Summary: In this story, the character's teacher mentions to her that everything in life can be turned into a math problem. Because of this, she begins to think of everything as a math problem whether it be cupcakes considered as fractions or a trip to the store becoming a lesson in money. Eventually she finds herself becoming a math zombie. She falls asleep and is trapped inside a math lesson and can only get out by solving every math problem there is. Eventually she does, waking up to find that she has the ability to solve any math problem that is given to her, breaking the math curse.

Themes/Topics: Math problems, fractions, etc.

Initiating Questions & Activity:
  • Questions: Who here really likes math? Does anyone really hate math? Do you ever wonder what you'll need to use math for?
  • Activity: We will discuss the different types of math problems and what types of math problems are favored over others.
Culminating & Extending Questions:
  • Questions: Did this book change your view of math problems? Does anyone feel like they have the math curse? Do you feel any more confident in math?
  • Activity: In connection with the book, we will come up with a typical day that any given student will have. Within that day, we will point out every time that they must use math and come up with a math problem to relate as we become "math zombies"

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