Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds by Ann McCallum, Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
May 23, 2013 in Book Club Possibility, Books with Math Content, Books with Science Content, Common Core Standards, Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, McCallum Ann, Picture Book Tags: Fun picture books, Math books, nonfiction picture books, Picture book about math, recipes for math practice, teaching math concepts
*Nonfiction recipe/math activity book for elementary students
*Using math in recipes is the main topic
*Rating: This is the perfect book to work through this summer when you are looking for something fun to do with your kids. Eat Your Math Homework would also be great for a summer enrichment program or camp activities. I love this book!
Short, short summary: Ann McCallum has written more than just a math recipe book–she has it chock full of information about math terms, real world problems, and fun! For example, the first recipe is: “Fibonacci Snack Sticks.” This is one of my favorite math recipes in Eat Your Math Homework because the math concept is interesting and uses problem solving skills. You can also use this recipe with the pickiest of eaters or children with allergies because anything that can be stuck on a kabob stick can be used to create a Fibonacci Snack Stick. I’m not going to tell you how to do it–you have to buy the book to see that! Besides this recipe, there are recipes for Fraction Chips, Tessellating Two-Color Brownies (so creative!), Milk and Tangram Cookies, Variable Pizza Pi, and Probability Trail Mix. This book is kid-friendly, although I would say it is designed for parent and child or teacher and child to work through together.
So what do I do with this book?
It would be silly for me to give you three activities to do with this book because obviously the book is full of hands-on math activities for you to do with your child/classroom/summer camp/home school group, etc.
I want to share what author Ann McCallum wrote to me when she asked about appearing on this blog:
“This book is, as the title suggests, a cookbook of tasty, tantalizing math recipes. For example, it includes a recipe for Fibonacci Snack Sticks and then entices readers into learning more about the Fibonacci number sequence. . . I enjoyed writing this book so much, we’re working on two sequels: EAT YOUR SCIENCE HOMEWORK and EAT YOUR AMERICAN HISTORY (Both are currently under contract with Charlesbridge). I hope I have intrigued you with the idea of delicious math recipes!”
How exciting that there will soon be an entire series of EAT YOUR books!
For more information about this book, including jokes for kids, coloring pages, a bonus recipe for chocolate counting pretzel rods, a FREE downloadable teacher’s guide, more reviews, & author/illustrator contact information, visit the website: http://www.eatyourmathhomework.com/home.html .
Have fun and learn in the kitchen this summer!