I blogged on how much I liked Dr. Stanley Schmidt’s Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra, As Serious as It Needs to Be.
Good news! I didn’t realize he wrote a whole series of math textbooks: Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Advanced Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and Statistics.
Life of Fred: Beginning Alegebra as serious as it needs to be is a totally different and actually fun textook method. You go as fast as you want. It teaches algebra — abstract stuff — in relate-able story vignettes. In short, this is the textbook or method for kids who are visual or who need something concrete and non-intimidating to learn algebra. With this textbook, they will actually like algebra.
This series is about Sam Gribley living unhappily in New York City who runs away to some forgotten family land in the Catskill Mountains. He learns to live off the land with the help of a kindly librarian, a falcon baby, a flint and steele, penknife, and a ball of cord. He is joined by his sister in book two, and book three chronicles Frightful’s migration journal south.
Take the hockey-puck-on-a-rod test a Michigan high school kid cobbled together to help figure out if a knock on the head has caused a concussion. Sports medicine specialists are increasingly worried about the long-term implications of mild, repeated head trauma.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord is the story of Shirley Temple Wong as she immigrates to America at age 8 and discovers that American is the land of opportunity by learning about baseball, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the great Jackie Robinson. Four other immigrant stories are listed and all books are approrpriate for grades 3-5.