You Can't Keep Slope Down: And Other Skill-Building Math Activities, Grades 8-9 (The Math with a Laugh Series)

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Are you looking for a fun way to engage students in improving and retaining their mathematical skills? Whether your students need a curricular supplement, a summer review package, or an opportunity to do math at home with parents, humor them with Math with a Laugh.

Math with a Laugh brings together math practice and comedy - some would say for the first time - offering students and teachers funny and functional skills-development experiences. Longtime math teacher Faye Nisonoff ...

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Overview

Are you looking for a fun way to engage students in improving and retaining their mathematical skills? Whether your students need a curricular supplement, a summer review package, or an opportunity to do math at home with parents, humor them with Math with a Laugh.

Math with a Laugh brings together math practice and comedy - some would say for the first time - offering students and teachers funny and functional skills-development experiences. Longtime math teacher Faye Nisonoff Ruopp provides problems carefully crafted to help children strengthen their mathematical thinking. Faye's former student, star comedian Paula Poundstone, sets the problems within funny stories so entertaining to read and solve that students will become immersed in the mathematics.

In You Can't Keep Slope Down eighth and ninth graders encounter age-appropriate problems involving ratios and proportions, simplification of numerical expressions, identification of the meaning of variables and constants, the solving of polynomials and quadratics, the application of the Pythagorean theorem, and the measurement of central tendency in a dataset. Each problem links directly to state and national standards and increases students' capabilities with foundational and computational principles. Math with a Laugh reinforces basic skills and improves retention in class, over the summer, or at home. Ruopp's teaching notes provide answers and help you reinforce the concepts behind the problems, then extend them into other mathematical learning.

Math with a Laugh will enliven any math environment. It's an effective way to help kids build and retain mathematical knowledge and a humorous opportunity to turn rote skill drills into enjoyable learning.

Purchase all three books in the Math with a Laugh Series through this special offer and receive a CD that features Paula Poundstone reading selected problems from each volume. From pancakes to Pythagoras, you and your students will lauge as Paula reads her favorite lessons, making the CD a one-of-a-kind tool for engaging students' interest as they listen to and work through corresponding problems from the books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009285
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Series: Math with a Laugh Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Faye Nisonoff Ruopp currently works as an independent consultant in mathematics professional development in New England and New York City. Previously she taught high school math for twenty-two years, directed several National Science Foundation mathematics professional development projects at Education Development Center, Inc., was a university instructor at Brandeis University, Simmons College, and Worcester State College, served as the principal investigator for Glencoe's Impact Mathematics middle school series, and wrote an online algebraic thinking course for WGBH/The Annenberg Foundation. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband, Charlie; they have one son Marcus.

Paula Poundstone is a single mom with three children. She is a regular panelist on National Public Radio's weekly news quiz show, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me and tours across the country. Paula has made frequent appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was the first female to win a Cable ACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special for her HBO special, Cats, Cops, and Stuff. Paula maintains a successful website at www.paulapoundstone.com. She published her first nonmathematical book with Crown in 2006.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Number Sense & Operations
Folding for the Sheer Joy of It (ordering real numbers)     2
Looking for Pi in All the Wrong Places (definition of [Pi]     4
Have I Got a Deal for You (comparing ratios)     6
Pass the Waffles, Please, Pocahontas (proportional reasoning)     8
And Let Me Tell You Something Else (standard form)     10
An Interest in Interest (compound interest)     12
The Whiney Briney Preschool by the Sea (distributive property)     14
Simple Is Good (simplifying expressions)     16
Skip Your Homework and Do Schoolwork at Home Instead (combining like terms)     18
Extra! Extra!     20
Teacher Notes     23
Patterns, Relations & Algebra
Do Math, Get Gas (linear, quadratic, and exponential relationships)     28
You Can't Keep Slope Down (finding the slope of a line)     33
Graphing to Blow Their Tops Off (graphing lines)     36
Like Terms Are No Joke (operations on polynomials)     39
Bow to Your Partner and Squish 'Im Flat (solving quadratic equations)     41
Extra! Extra!     43
Teacher Notes     45
Geometry
A Brilliant Fuss (congruent figures)     50
HowRude! (similar figures)     52
A Tail of Fine Art (similar triangles)     54
Choking on Geometry (parallel lines and transversals)     56
Show-Stopping Geometry (Pythagorean Theorem)     59
On Second Thought, Go Ahead and Huff and Puff (rotation)     61
Bird Brains (line of reflection)     63
How Do We Get Rid of All of This Good 'n' Yummy Macaroni and Cheese? (translations on the coordinate plane)     65
Extra! Extra!     67
Teacher Notes     70
Measurement
Lost Heart (conversion of kilometers to miles)     76
Bride and Gloom (finding diameter and circumference given area)     78
Howdy, Neighbor! (trapezoids, area, scale, Pythagorean Theorem)     80
Leonardo the Lifetime Learner and the Decimals of Doom (surface area and volume of a cylinder)     82
Up with Pins (volume of a sphere)     84
Exactly Like a Bull in a China Shop (similar rectangles)     86
Extra! Extra!     88
Teacher Notes     90
Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability
Broadway's Hottest Star Overheats (stem-and-leaf plots, histograms, box-and-whisker plots, line graphs)     94
Pedals from Heaven (mean, median)     97
The Incalculable Joy of Accounting (line of best fit, outlier)      100
What Are the Odds of Slope Being Tossed on His Head? (probability)     103
Extra! Extra!     105
Teacher Notes     108
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