Math stories are such a fun way to engage kids in math learning, as well as help them see math in the world around them. Stories can make math come alive and get kids excited! One of my favorite (and highly engaging) stories is Math Curse by Jon Sciezka. This hilarious tale can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. To help you incorporate this into your math curriculum, I’ve created this Math Curse Activity Pack!
This is such a fun book, and I love reading it with upper elementary kids all the way through middle school! (And actually, I have used it with 9th graders as well!) To encourage and help you incorporate great books into math class, I am putting together lessons, activities and projects to go along with some of my favorite books. First up:
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Math Curse is the story of one student who is under a math curse when his teacher says, “You know, you can think of almost everything as a math problem.” From then on, he sees math in everything he does!
Included in the Math Curse Activity Pack:
I wanted this to be used with as many kids as possible, so there are a couple different things included in this packet. For younger kids, there is a page with some of the math problems encountered in the story for students to solve (as well as an answer key). There is also a worksheet that walks students through writing their own story problem.
If you have older students, you can take it a step further and help them write their own math curse story. A student guide and rubric is included, as well as some teaching tips with ideas for how to use this project. It also includes a story plan that students can use to jot down their ideas and come up with an outline for their story!
I hope you find these resources helpful, and you enjoy reading Math Curse, and exploring math in the world around us! 🙂
*Please note, some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and support the work of this site. Read our full disclosure policy here.*