Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fiction Math books

Some time ago I mentioned that we would be reading a lot of fiction math books from the library this summer.  Well, we've been through a lot of them and they need to go back to the library later today so I thought I would share some of our favorites (and then it's off to requesting similar art books).

  • Circumference math adventure books
    • Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
    • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table
    • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone
    • I cannot remember the title but we checked out a really neat book about Inners and Edges (Area, and Perimeter) with a fun game to play.
  • Cut Down to Size (about ratios)
  • Beanstalk:  The Measure of a Giant (about ratios)
  • Zachary Zormer Shape Transformer (my kids amazed their friends making moebius strips and expanding frames for many days)
My 5-11 year old kids enjoyed these most of all.  I got all these ideas from Maureen Wittman's book For the Love of Literature 

I haven't checked out her blog much, although I hear it's pretty good.

And...while I am on the subject of books I just gotta tell someone about this one.  Not quality literature or anything, it's one of those bizarre books.  We found this one at the pediatrician while waiting.

Storyline goes something like this:
1.  3 french hens are on their way from Paris to America to see someone.
2.  They get separated from all the other stuff but manage to catch a plane and get to America.
3.  They look up their friend's name in the phone book and locate his address.
4.  Go to the Bronx to find their friend, they got the wrong one but didn't know it.
5.  They are now living with a starving fox who intends to eat them, but the give pedicures and make him a wonderful french dinner so he has second thoughts.
6.  They give him a bunch of Christmas presents and decorate the tree, etc.
7.  Fox feels guilty and offers them some gifts.
8.  They politely decline, saying they cannot accept Christmas gifts because they are HANUKA chickens.
9.  The end.
10.  Complete silence no the part of my kids...then I hear a very quiet..."that was weird" 


Sharon said...

What is the reading level of these....do you my altar server who a vacation day today would enjoy these. I have a hard time getting him to read.

RealMom4Life said...

Yes, I do. I don't know the reading level - but it's not hard. My new 3rd grader could probably struggle through most of it but by the time we get to the end of this school year I suspect he would be able to read them alone easily. The only difficulty is in the names.

Lady Di of Ameter (diameter)
Geo of Metry (geometry)

My 2 kids about the same age enjoyed them the most. They are not super long or anything. I did have to do ILL for Cut Down to Size. But our system as the rest.

I think the kids who know/have heard of the terms get the most our of them.

Crunchy Momma said...

LOL! I am going to get these for our trip!!