Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone Ages 9-11

King Arthur's knights try to find a sword using geometry principles.Sir
Cumference and the Sword in the Cone
By Cindy Neuschwander
Illustrated by Wayen Geehan, Wayne Geehan
Edition: illustrated
Published by Charlesbridge, 2004
ISBN 1570916004, 9781570916007
32 pages Ages 9-11
Gr 3-5-Neuschwander retells "The Sword ...
... in the Stone" from a mathematical angle. Readers follow along with Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter as their son Radius and his friend Vertex set out to find Edgecalibur. Filled with riddles and puns, the story is sure to delight students with some geometry background. Geehan's bright oil, acrylic, and pen-and-ink paintings include all the visual details that the text needs to help solve this geometrical mystery. If your students have enjoyed the first three books in the series, they will certainly want this one. Make sure to share these gems with your math teachers. The books can be used to support educational initiatives such as multiple intelligences, and students who are strong in verbal/linguistic areas will appreciate the integration of literature into their math lessons.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ

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