It's Alive and Kicking: Math the Way it Ought to Be - Tough, Fun, and a Little Weird

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The authors, junior high students and best friends David and Asa, along with best-selling author Marya Washington Tyler, took the kind of gooey, slimy, disgusting science facts that students love and turned them into hilarious math problems.

Your students will enjoy trying to determine what percent of the refrigerators in the U.S. contain moldy food.

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Overview

The authors, junior high students and best friends David and Asa, along with best-selling author Marya Washington Tyler, took the kind of gooey, slimy, disgusting science facts that students love and turned them into hilarious math problems.

Your students will enjoy trying to determine what percent of the refrigerators in the U.S. contain moldy food.

When's the last time you had your students figure the weight of cow manure produced in the U.S.?

How many 8-ounce coffee mugs will an average person's sweat fill?

What is the number of saliva droplets expelled in one class period?

Your students won't mind math when they get to figure the cost of a meal at the Aftermath Restaurant, with foods like Deep Fried Lint, Pseudo-Chicken Parts, Wax Fruit Bowl, and Hot Sludge Sundae. Even the answer key is hilarious.

These and other intriguing problems await your students in this book designed to teach children to translate statements and questions into mathematical equations. All of the problems are based on known scientific facts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882664306
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 52
  • Sales rank: 703,691
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Marya Washington Tyler has a master's degree in gifted and talented education from the University of Wisconsin and has taught gifted and talented students for 11 years. Tyler is the author of several Prufrock bestsellers, including Real Life Math Mysteries, It's Alive!, and Extreme Math, which she cowrote with her husband Kip. They have four wonderful, spontaneous, gifted children scattered across the country. The Tylers live in Ketchikan, AK, where they kayak, mountain climb, snowshoe, beach comb, and otherwise explore, photographing and videotaping the wonders of the Alexander Archipelago and Tongass rainforest around them. Tyler presently is working on a sequel to Real Life Math Mysteries, which will feature the mathematics faced by real Alaskans: dog mushers, float plane pilots, Native carvers, sea kayak guides, and more.
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