Thats the formula from author Wendy Lichtman, who has just written a book titled, Do The Math: Secrets, Lies, And Algebra (Greenwillow Books), about a young girls life and how she relates her problems to algebra equations.
Not every kid may have the same problems as the tween in the book, but Lichtman believes every tween can use her story to start caring about math while still solving their typical, everyday problems.
Says Lichtman: Whether its in math or real life, kids are going to have to deal with unexpected variables that test their patience and make problems harder to solve. Algebra, with its random Xs and unknowns, is like a metaphor for life.
So far, the response to Lichtmans story has been positive, and she hopes to eventually get the book into algebra classrooms.
She says, Math teachers love this book because it gets under the radar of those students who think they hate math, but love a good story. Its algebra with a juicy backstory, and itll teach kids about linear equations, which they need to know so the cell phone company wont rip them off!
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