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Kids are sure to love this funny and very accessible tale--based on one of math's greatest myths--about Rene Descartes, the father of modern geometry. Full color....

Title : The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth
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ISBN : 9780679886075
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth Reviews

  • Sylvia Ulmer
    2019-04-22 03:05

    We used this read-aloud to begin our unit on CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1 - Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).and CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2 - Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.I thought it was a good reintroduction to the Cartesian plane. I liked that it introduced the word coordinate, although I wish it would have stressed the order of the coordinates more. I also found that I had to correct a misconception afterwards because of the illustrations. The fly would land within the squares of the grid rather than on the intersecting lines. I know that's realistic, but it would change the coordinates from (2,5) to something like (2.5,5.5). I was glad that the students could get meet Descartes for the first time and was just tickled by the line, "this might seem like a weird thing to think about, but Rene was a philosopher, so it was normal for him." What a great way to give kids an idea of philosophy.

  • Joe
    2019-04-15 21:02

    Rene Descartes is so important for the development of math that our early grade school children would benefit from meeting him in this funny story. I've read this to many classes from K through 6. They love hearing of Rene's battle with sloppiness and his discovery of the rectangular coordinate system to help him find order. This prepares the students for learning how the coordinate system works. I've used this book in kindergarten classes to prepare them for graphing problems. With a little more instruction I had them plotting points: algebra activity.

  • Suchitra
    2019-03-29 01:11

    i bought this book for my nephew during a landmark sale. I am so impressed that I will try to find the rest of the series.I learnt about Rene and the Cartesian system of coordinates that we use to this day. It is an interesting story, written well, aimed at kids.

  • Rochelle Sondae
    2019-04-23 23:09

    I liked this book better before I read the Author’s note on the last page. It might have been better if they had completely made up the story instead of trying to weave Rene Descartes into the storyline. The premise is that Rene is a messy person so he invents the Cartesian Coordinate System to get his things in order.

  • Amy
    2019-04-16 22:09

    This book was extremely interesting, and can be used to integrate literacy into math. While teaching about history of the cartesian plane, it also shares how to plot points and provides an idea that you can use to introduce plotting points to students in the classroom through a hands-on approach. The book is very informative and useful.

  • Rachel Inbar
    2019-04-17 00:22

    My 7-1/2 year old daughter read this to me and we both REALLY enjoyed it. The story is cute, funny and teaches something and the illustrations are fabulous. I also found that there was a good balance between long (somewhat intimidating) pages to really short, easy-to-get-through pages. Highly recommended!

  • Jayetta Carter-mcfarlin
    2019-03-28 00:14

    This is a level 4 reading book that is recommended for Grades 2 - 4. The book has a challenging vocabulary that leads young learners into reading paragraphs. This book is also for a math reader, it introduces the Cartesian System of graphing coordinates. Though it is part fact and part fiction, I would use this book to introduce the Cartesian Coordinate System to 4th graders.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-30 01:25

    This is an easy reader aimed at the AVERAGE 2nd grader that tells a funny story about a real philospher from long ago who was also a math wizard. It taught my 7 year old about a couple of math terms I thought we wouldn't see till the middle school years. I like how now when he does arrive at his first philosophy or logic class he'll feel like Descartes is an old friend.

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-08 03:08

    LOVED this book about Descartes and how he created the coordinate system. Would make a cool introduction to math concepts. Could create an activity using coordinates to find things in a room just like Descartes.

  • Kelsey
    2019-04-02 03:00

    I loved how this book was interdisciplinary -- it touched on reading, mathematics, and history! This is a fun way to teach students about Cartesian coordinates. The story format may help them understand the concept better too.

  • Shelli
    2019-04-08 01:18

    I am such a sucker for these sorts of books! Introductory fun reads about important people in history, in this case Rene Descartes mathematician and philosopher. This humorous, possibly true, telling of how he discovered graphing is perfect for young readers.

  • Rodolfo
    2019-04-04 02:12

    An introduction to the Cartesian coordinate system through a silly, largely (entirely?) fictional narrative.

  • Kandi
    2019-04-22 23:27

    Level 4 book, big words. All about the coordinate system. I love how they are entertaining yet teaches kids something in a way they can understand.

  • ABC
    2019-03-28 21:10

    Explain who Rene Descartes and his creation of coordinates. The story itself is fictionalized. Good book, so much more interested than just telling your child the plain facts.

  • Devin
    2019-03-29 00:04

    Good way to present graphs for reading x, y axises.

  • JaNeal
    2019-04-10 02:10

    An interesting and creative approach to a story about Math. I love the leaps the author makes to create a fun and engaging story about math.

  • Cassie
    2019-04-13 22:26

    This is a story about how Rene Descartes created the coordinate system. It started with a fly and trying to see if it landed in the same place twice. He then made it the way to keep his house clean and organized.this would be a really good way to introduce the coordinate system and how the numbers work to students.

  • Alan
    2019-03-27 01:28

    it is a good book