Complex Numbers and Story Time

05 October 2014
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A couple of times per year I like to have old fashioned “story time” with my students.  In Geometry, I like to read Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (Math Adventures) by Cindy Neuschwander.  I let the kids sit on the floor, use voices for the characters, and we basically take a little break.  In Algebra 2, I read John and Betty’s Journey into Complex Numbers by Matt Bower.  

When I first saw the story, I wanted to buy the book, but I couldn’t find the book anywhere online.  From what I can tell, it is only available on slide share.  So, I re-typed the story and made my own book.  If you know where I can buy a for-real printed copy, please let me know!

Complex Numbers and Story Time - using "story time" in high school  |  mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com
Basically, the story is about John and Betty and it is told in the old fashioned “Dick and Jane” style.  John and Betty have some cookies that they want to share and by doing so, investigate the sets of numbers.  Then, they wonder about imaginary numbers.  

Complex Numbers and Story Time - using "story time" in high school  |  mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com

Complex Numbers and Story Time - using "story time" in high school  |  mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com

Complex Numbers and Story Time - using "story time" in high school  |  mrseteachesmath.blogspot.com

It’s a super cute little story that is memorable for my students.  You should check it out!




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2 comments:

  1. I love that you have story time with your students too! I read "One Grain of Rice" by Demi to my students as an intro to exponential equations. I think they enjoy the math break for story time!

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  2. That is a cool idea! I'll have to look at that story! Right now I do the paper folding to introduce exponential equations, but I'm getting tired of it and could use something different.

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