1st Edition

It's Alive!
Math Like You've Never Known It Before (Grades 4-8)




ISBN 9781882664276
Published January 1, 1996 by Routledge
62 Pages

USD $19.95

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Book Description

The authors, junior high students and best friends David and Asa, along with best-selling author Marya Washington Tyler, took the kind of gooey, slimy, disgusting science facts that students love and turned them into hilarious math problems. Problems in It's Alive! include:

  • When's the last time you had your students calculate their chances of being eaten by a crocodile?
  • The percent of seats at Yankee Stadium that do not have gum stuck to them?
  • The number of skin scales they lost in the last 20 minutes?
  • The number of flushes it would take to overflow their city's wastewater treatment tank?
  • Or how many gigabytes their brain can hold?

These and other intriguing problems await your students in this book designed to teach children to translate statements and questions into mathematical equations. All the problems are based on known scientific facts.

This is math. This is real. This is alive! Included is a comprehensive answer key, reproducible blackline masters, and hilarious illustrations. This is math the way it ought to be—tough, fun, and...a little weird. For even more exciting and strange math problems, see the follow-up It's Alive! And Kicking!

Grades 4-8

Table of Contents

Using Really Big Numbers Halloween arthropods To everything, tern, tern, tern … Skin droppings Lumps in the gravy Gum on the seats School bell Taj Mahal Longest toe Lawn ornaments Beetle in the soup School janitor Acres of pizza Cans of Spam™ Pair of socks Birthday cake Staring mites Chicken noodle sloop Candy jar Frog eggs Eyelash mites Old, fuzzy grapes Interruptions Blood vessel stretch Brain megabytes Cost of a brain Make up your own problem David’s bandage Frequent indigestion Bats in the tent Cereal boxes Lucky Charms™ Back yard fertilizer Grocery store bulletin board Watch beeps Bacteria life span Leeches Bath Crocodiles Cow gas Skunk spray Sneeze Taste buds Tick eating habits Overflow Nematode sea worms What would you do with $800,000 Pumping Lake Michigan dry Worms on the football field Did you remember to flush? Giant squid eyeball How many didn’t bite? Mirror, mirror, on the wall … Answer Key Acknowledgements Sources About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment

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Biography

Asa Kleiman authored It's Alive: Math Like You've Never Known It Before and It's Alive! And Kicking!: Math the Way It Ought to Be . . . Tough, Fun, and a Little Weird! as a junior high school student, along with his best friend and fellow junior high schooler, David Washington, and best-selling author Marya Washington Tyler.

David Washington authored It's Alive: Math Like You've Never Known It Before and It's Alive! And Kicking!: Math the Way It Ought to Be . . . Tough, Fun, and a Little Weird! as a junior high school student, along with his best friend and fellow junior high schooler, Asa Kleiman, and best-selling author Marya Washington Tyler.