__Math Curse__**by Jon Scieszka**

**Target Skill(s):**Math Anxiety and Math in Our World**Book Synopsis:**A young girl goes through her day plagued by all of the math problems she encounters in her world until she discovers a way to escape her nightmare.**Math Involved:**This book deals with math anxiety, as well as, the numerous places math plays a role in our lives.**Questions to Ponder:**- Why do some students fear math?
- What do you think about math?
- What is math anxiety? How can you deal with math anxiety?
- When do you use math outside of the classroom?
**Activity Ideas:**- At the beginning of the school year, use the book to introduce students to math class. Then, ask students to create a poem, picture, acrostic, story, or other creative piece to describe how they feel about math.
- As the first page in a journal or math notebook, have students use math to describe themselves. Click here for an example.
- Discuss how we use math in our everyday world. Then, complete my After Math activity (from my Engaging Mathematics blog series).
**Book Link on Amazon:**http://bit.ly/MathCurse