Operation Comics #6: The Return of Captain Confusion

Operation Comics #6: The Return of Captain Confusion

by Bruce Kessler, Tressa Tullis

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Overview

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 sixth issue, Captain Confusion, Wonderguy's arch-nemesis from Operation Comics #1, has escaped from jail and devised a plan to exact revenge on Wonderguy, using information from his sister, who is working as Wonderguy's secretary.

In this issue, the mathematical concepts of the arithmetic mean, multiplying positive and negative numbers, and additive inverses are discussed. Also, the science topics of genetics and dominant/recessive genes are discussed. 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: 2940014272834
Publisher: WKU Research Foundation
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Series: Operation Comics , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 20
File size: 10 MB
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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