Launching Big Ideas about Fractions

A teacher who loves the comic book series, The Mysterious I.D. Vide and Newton’s Nemesis, recently asked me “How would should I use it?” I wrote the series as a fun way to launch great classroom conversations about the big ideas that are foundational to understanding fraction multiplication and division. So, the question is, “What are those big ideas?”

A Recipe for Fractions

If you cook, you use fractions. So why not use cooking to teach fractions? During the holidays my favorite recipes feed a small army, and when I’m cutting them in half, it always reminds me that cooking in an American kitchen uses plenty of fractions. That’s why I couldn’t resist adding a recipe to the […]

Teaching Fractions with Newton’s Nemesis

Today, I uploaded a new video on YouTube that condenses all the research behind my math mystery comic book series, Newton’s Nemesis. It’s fast paced and 7-minutes long. Every time I need to learn something (like my recent adventure changing a burnt out headlight in my car), I search for a video on YouTube. That […]

Math & The Characters: Theo’s Sister Leah

One of the most common reasons children struggle when learning fraction division is because they haven’t fully developed their understanding of division with whole numbers.  Children need to understand different interpretations of division and have the opportunity to make connections between whole number division and fraction division.  I created Theo’s younger sister Leah to help […]

Test Results are in, and they are SUPER COOL!

The beta test results for Newton’s Nemesis No. 1 are in, and I am thrilled!  The teachers and children loved the book. I gave class sets of the comic books to teachers in four schools, three of which are low income and qualify for Title 1 funding.  That means over 40% of the children receive […]