Operation Comics #1: Captain Confusion's Revenge

Operation Comics #1: Captain Confusion's Revenge

by Bruce Kessler

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Overview

Operation Comics #1: Captain Confusion's Revenge by Bruce Kessler, Annie Erskine

Operation Comics began as a grant-funded project to develop a unique format for presenting grade-appropriate mathematics, as determined by NCTM standards, to students in grades 4 through 6. The comics, in print form, have been piloted at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since January 2009.

The stories involve the adventures of Wonderguy, a strongman superhero who goes about doing good deeds, with the assistance of two very intelligent elementary school students, Claire and Dillon. In this first issue, Wonderguy encounters a villain named Captain Confusion, who threatens the students and faculty at Best Elementary School. Captain Confusion resents the fact that Wonderguy is a respected hero, because he perceives him as a unintelligent brute, while Captain Confusion, a self-described intellectual, is not. His plan is to show the world how dumb Wonderguy really is, and to ruin his career as a hero by using his supposed lack of intelligence as a means of preventing him from saving the occupants of the elementary school. In the course of the story, we find that Wonderguy actually does need some help, which is supplied by the two real heroes of the story, Claire and Dillon, two members of the school's academic team.

In this issue, the mathematics concepts of the divisibility-by-nine test, least common multiples, and using formulas to describe number patterns are presented. A sample from the comic, a teacher supplement, and worksheets for the comic are available free at works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/.

Please note that, although the comics are formatted for correct display for the NOOK, NOOKcolor, and both PC and Mac reader applications, the comics do not display correctly on the NOOK application for the iPhone. For best results with the NOOK and NOOKcolor, set Publisher Defaults to OFF, and adjust the margins if the comic should run off the side of your NOOK's page.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012255662
Publisher: WKU Research Foundation
Publication date: 02/18/2011
Series: Operation Comics , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 36
File size: 13 MB
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Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bruce Kessler is a mathematics professor at Western Kentucky University, with twenty years experience in the classroom with students of all ages, and is Associate Dean of the WKU Ogden College of Science & Engineering. His primary research interests are in applications of wavelet theory to signal and image processing, and he currently has a patent pending on an analysis algorithm he developed. Dr. Kessler has also been involved in mathematics curriculum development. He has written the trigonometry text used by students in the Gatton Academy of Math & Science at WKU, and during the Spring 2006 semester, wrote and hosted a series of television shows "Math Matters: Why Do I Need To Know This?" that appeared on internal WKU cable.

As a fan of comic books as a child, the Operation Comics series has been a labor of love with the author. The series currently stands at six comics.

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