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Life of Fred: Butterflies



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!

Butterflies is the second book in the Life of Fred Elementary Series, which is designed for students in grades 1-4.


Each narrative-based 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.


Butterflies covers:

  • One Yard = 3 Feet

  • Numbers that Add to 9

  • Counting by twos

  • Reading 5:10 on a Clock

  • Facts about Butterflies

  • Chrysalis vs. Cocoon

  • Braces, Parentheses and Brackets

  • Christina Rossetti

  • Sheet Music for "But Not Alone,"

  • Domenico Fetti's Archimedes Thoughtful

  • Exclamation Points

  • Bad Things about Sugar

  • One Good Thing about Sugar

  • Marvin Stone's Invention of the Paper Straw 1888

  • Orion's Belt

  • Betelgeuse

  • Why Not Every Three Stars Can Make a Triangle

  • Collinear

  • Reading 5:55 on a Clock

  • Book Signings

  • Why You Can Not Walk In a Room

  • Deliberate vs. Inadvertent

  • How to Say Toenail in German

  • Ordinal Numbers

  • Yurts, Half Past Six

  • a Nebula is Not a Star

  • Light Years

  • the Alphabet Game

  • a Dozen

  • Perpendicular, p.m. (post meridiem)

  • Syncope

  • Sheet Music for "The Crash of the Bell Tower,"

  • Quotation Marks inside of Quotation Marks

  • A Baker's Dozen

  • Spine of a Book

  • Naissance

  • Lie vs. Lay

  • Whole Numbers

  • Cardinal Numbers

  • Trillion

  • Quadrillion and Quintillion

  • Aleph-null

  • Kingie's Brothers

  • States that Begin with the Letter M

  • The infinity symbols

  • Saying Thank You

  • Virgil's Aeneid

  • History of Pizza

  • How to Set a Table.



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