The Math with a Laugh Series brings together math practice and comedy—some would say for the first time—offering students and teachers funny and functional skills-development experiences. Longtime math teacher Faye Nisonoff Ruopp provides problems carefully crafted to help children strengthen their mathematical thinking. Faye's former student, star comedian Paula Poundstone, sets the problems within funny stories so entertaining to read and solve that students will become immersed in the mathematics.
In each volume of the series, students solve a variety of developmentally appropriate problems that increase students' capabilities with foundational and computational principles. The Math with a Laugh Series reinforces basic skills and improves retention in class, over the summer, or at home. Each book includes Faye's helpful teaching notes and a solution key.
In You Can't Keep Slope Down eighth and ninth graders encounter age-appropriate problems involving ratios and proportions, simplification of numerical expressions, identification of the meaning of variables and constants, the solving of polynomials and quadratics, the application of the Pythagorean theorem, the measurement of central tendency in a dataset, and more.
In Venn Can We Be Friends? sixth and seventh graders solve a variety of developmentally appropriate problems involving operations with fractions and decimals, applying order of operations, solving linear equations, graphing Cartesian coordinates, determining surface area and volume, graphing statistical data, and more.
In The Sticky Problem of Parallelogram Pancakes fourth and fifth graders solve a variety of developmentally appropriate problems involving number sense, geometry, measurement, algebra, data, probability, and more.