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The I Hate Mathematics! Book (1975)

by Linda Allison

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What a fun book with a catchy title page. All of those screaming kids are calling your name to open up and see what all of the fuss is about. Like many math books, this one contains a plethora of different material that can be explored in many sittings. This would be a great book to use with a class of children. I envision assigning one section per child and having them create a presentation for the rest of the class. For example, page 51 shows a strategy for estimating dots. A student could present their idea of how to estimate and explain their results. Maybe they will count the number of dots in a small sample and multiply by how many samples? Maybe they will count an entire line and multiply the number of lines?

This book could also be used for group work. Students could discuss their group’s section before presenting to the entire class. In my opinion, good math books are timeless. The material in this book is the same today as it was in 1975; therefore, this is a good book. Check it out! ( )
  mapalumbo | Apr 28, 2014 |
Textbook, No Comment. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
I read this book in my childhood and now once again. I always liked the other book, "Math for Smarty Pants" much better, and still do. That book contained a bit of cute, quirky storytelling, with the reappearing characters in the comics as well as the Pig Eyes. This book, while just as quirky and does take math in a new light, doesn't have the hook the first had. Don't get me wrong, it was a great read and I'm sure it would do wonders for reluctant math students, but it is certainly not the best Marilyn Burns has to offer. The other thing, and there is a note in the back about it, is the lack of answers. Many questions are posed to problems that just can't really be solved at the given time, but you're left with no answer, not even a hint. This is quite bothersome.

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  Runa | Jan 13, 2009 |
This book is about math, obviously. Its content is light and comical with actual mathematical lessons disguised on each page. There are lots of hands-on activities and open-ended questions for children to experience and work through. It is an overview of some important mathematical patterns easily explained for children to understand.

Cute book! I will admit, it is dated (1975) and the language is proof: “slip me some skin,” “outta sight,” and the reference to the TV show “Search for Tomorrow” of which I have never heard. But the idea of making math fun and relate to children is great. There are riddles and cartoon illustrations that help get the point across. Kids will learn without even realizing it. I thought I would just read through the book so I can write the review and move on. However, some of the activities and questions compelled me to try them – I couldn’t go on to the next page without working through some of the problems!

An obvious extension would be for the students to get in small groups and choose some of the problems and activities to work through and share what they learn to the class. Another extension is to have them choose an area of mathematics they do not particularly care for and find a way to teach it so that other students would be interested. Research and learning more about that area may be necessary. They can present their lesson any way they want. ( )
  CTieyah | Mar 28, 2008 |
Great informational book set out to change your perspective on math. With over one hundred puzzles, games, experiments, you can't help but grab a pencil and paper to try them out. The goal of this book is to show anyone at any age math can be fun!
I had to grab this book because most of my life I've made the famous quote, "I hate math!" I found this book a bit overwhelming at times with the pages being filled from top to bottom and every millimeter in between with words, pictures and numbers. It may be a bit much for younger children to try and absorb; however, the cartoons and diagrams may just be the items that hold their attention. I will share this with a few elementary school teachers that I call my "mentors", and share with my sons ages 11/14, but I don't see it being added to my collection.
As a classroom extension, the opportunites are endless. Pick a page and you have an addition to the math class for the day. Many of these pages could be used as "free work, downtime, extra credit" type of hand in assignment. The students could be assigned one page a week as the "challenge" of the week math problem or experiment.
  smyers | Mar 1, 2008 |
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This book is for Regina Carter who always hated mathematics - and probably always will.

If you hate mathematics this book is for you too.
This book is for Regina Carter
who always hated mathematics--

and probably always will.

If you hate mathematics this book is for you too.
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Events, gags, magic tricks, and experiments to change one from a mathematical weakling into a mathematical heavyweight.

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