# Eat your Math Homework

## Recipes for Hungry Minds

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Add Age SuitabilitySPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

#### Summary

Add a SummaryFibonacci numbers, fractions, tessellations, tangrams, pi, and probability. Pair with snack sticks, chips, brownies, cookies, pizza, and trail mix. Stir together. Serve. In McCallum’s latest title, explaining simple math concepts hinges on kitchen recipes. Want to understand the idea of probability? Hand out some trail mix then follow the book’s directions in showing your guests how to calculate theoretical probability. Fractions more your thing? Make some chips out of tortillas, cutting them into different fractions along the way. Accompanied by Leeza Hernandez’s peppy illustrations, Eat Your Math Homework understands that sometimes making an idea delicious is the best way to cement a concept in the heads of your intended audience.

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Add a Comment"This clever book introduces math concepts such as Fibonacci numbers, fractions, tessellations, tangrams, and variables - with recipes! Whether you're serving up Variable Pizza Pi, Probability Trail Mix, Tessellating Two-Color Brownies, or the super-easy Fibonacci Snack Sticks, you're sure to have a tasty treat... and you just might learn something, too." May 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=638754

Kids won’t need to look any further than this book for some tasty recipes that combine food, facts, fun and yes, math as well.

Author Ann McCallum invites readers to put on their thinking caps and their aprons to make some fascinating – and edible – snacks such as Fraction Chips, Variable Pizza Pi, Probability Trail Mix, Tangram Cookies, Tessellating Two-Colour Brownies and others.

With the clear directions and explanations, “math appeteasers” and mixed-media illustrations that accompany each recipe, the finished food creations will tickle both taste buds and brain cells. Young cooks will have learned some useful math principles and concepts in a fun, non-stressful way.

Where and how we use these math principles in everyday life is explained. (For example, we use fractions and the Pi Principle when we cut a pizza into equal pieces, and we use variability if we experiment with different toppings on that pizza.)

A glossary, index and summary of relevant math facts complete this book of mouth-watering recipes. And although parental help isn’t a required ingredient, families would enjoy preparing and eating these snacks together.

Young chefs will discover a new equation with this book in hand: “Math + Food = YUM!”

I never liked math as a kid. I did like brownies. So it’s possible that the book that managed to combine the two would have appealed far more to me than the standard school textbooks I was always handed. Everyone knows that when describing fractions it’s a good idea to explain them in terms of pizza or pie. Why not extend the idea to other mathematical concepts as well? Though I wouldn’t necessarily hand Eat Your Math Homework to a kid for their own enjoyment (though you never know) as a teaching tool for teachers and parents I doubt it can be beat. Bunnies. Edibles. Math. Yum.