Thursday, February 26, 2015

Math Picture Books to Love: Math Curse

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: