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Life of Fred: Apples

Life of Fred is a unique, complete (not supplemental!), math program that uses a highly engaging narrative to teach math without fear and with enjoyment. Students follow the life of Fred Gauss (a math professor who grows up to the age of six), who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures over the course of the curriculum. Math becomes relevant and important because the need for math occurs in Fred's life (and he sees math EVERYWHERE). Witty and truly entertaining, these books will engage students in a way unlike any other math program - --while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics without an abundance of repetitive drills. This series is perfect for inquisitive students who struggle with the relevance of math, or anyone looking for a creative approach to mathematic thinking!

Apples is the first book in the Life of Fred Elementary Series, which is designed for students in grades 1-4. Students are ready to jump into this text if they can count, add, and subtract with numbers up to 10; it's recommended that all students who are new to Life of Fred (up through the 4th grade) should start with Apples.

Each chapter is approximately six pages, and ends with a "Your Turn to Play" segment with three or four questions. Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems.

Apples covers:

  • Numbers that Add to 7

  • Circles, Ellipses

  • Reading 6:00 on a Clock

  • 5 + ? = 7

  • Days of the Week

  • Leap Years

  • Spelling February

  • Dressing for Cold Weather

  • 15 Degrees Below Zero (-15:)

  • Deciduous Trees

  • Deciduous Teeth

  • Counting by Fives

  • 3x + 4x = 7x

  • Archimedes 287 B.C.

  • One Million

  • Euclid Wrote The Elements

  • Squares

  • Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

  • Whales Are Not Fish

  • The "There Are Zero . . ." Game

  • Sets, the Popularity of Zero

  • Why Boats Are Cheaper to Rent in the Winter

  • Triangles

  • Herbivores and Carnivores

  • the Colors of the Rainbow

  • a King in Checkmate

  • the Story of the Titanic

  • =? (not equal)

  • x + 4 = 7

  • One Thousand

  • Counting by Hundreds

  • Reading 3:05 on a Clock

  • Rectangles.

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