ChopChop Magazine has great things to say about EAT YOUR MATH HOMEWORK: RECIPES FOR HUNGRY MINDS!! (See below). They are also doing a book giveaway to the first ten readers who come up with a recipe that explains a mathematical process. Email the recipe to: email@example.com
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Here’s what they have to say:
Eat Your Math Homework
Submitted by Sally Sampson on Friday, April 22, 2011
Julien, one of our models from the first issue of ChopChop, told me that he wasn’t good at math. He said that he was particularly bad at division, which he was then learning. If you knew Julien, who is smart, quick, curious, sophisticated and playful, you wouldn’t believe this and neither did I. I asked him how many kids were in his class – 18 – and how many strawberries each kid would get if he brought in 36 strawberries. Two, he replied. And what if I brought in 9? I went on to ask him all sorts of division questions, but always about food and cooking, each one getting more and more complicated. He answered them all. When I told him he was good at division- really good- all of a sudden he blushed: he understood that he was.
I wish that Ann McCallum, the author of Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds (Charlesbridge, 2011) had been with me when I talked to Julien. She could have added so much more to the conversation. Something as simple as making a kabob can be an opportunity for a math lesson. There is no question that cooking involves math skills, from simple addition to the more complicated concepts like infinity and tessellation, that McCallum whimsically explains in her book. With lessons/recipes for Fibonacci Snack Sticks and Probability Trail Mix, you’ll eat well and learn something in the process. I know I did.
We’ll send a copy of Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds to the first 10 kids who send us a recipe (firstname.lastname@example.org) that explains a mathematical process, like addition, subtraction, multiplication or division, or even something more complicated.