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Operation Comics #2: The Shape of Things

Bruce Kessler, Western Kentucky University
Alex O'Keefe, Greenwood High School
Missy Pitcock, Greenwood High School

Abstract

This is the second of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades 4 through 6 in story told in comic book format. Printed versions of this comic are being used by students at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. The comic is available as an e-book for the Nook at the link provided above. Hard copies of the comic are available at www.operationcomics.com. Supplementary materials are available for free below. For more information on the origin and goals of this comic, see the pre-print of the paper "Comic Books That Teach Mathematics" at http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/8.

In this issue, Wonderguy encounters a villain named the Shape Master. He used to be Ernie Schwump, a shiftless worker at a government research facility, until he messed with some equipment he should not have. Now he is able to change shapes at will, and he decides to use this power. It's up to Wonderguy, Claire, and Dillon to find his weakness, and put a stop to his shenanigans.

The mathematics concepts of the volume of a rectangular prism, cylinder, and sphere are presented.

Suggested Citation

Bruce Kessler, Alex O'Keefe, and Missy Pitcock. Operation Comics #2: The Shape of Things. Bowling Green, KY: , 2009.

OperationComics2_sample.pdf (1634 kB)
This is a short sample of the second comic.

teacher_sup_2.pdf (743 kB)
This is a supplement for teachers that may want to use this comic in their classroom, describing the mathematics in the comic and its alignment with NCTM standards.

Cylindervol_sup.pdf (139 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the second comic that stresses finding the volume of cylinders.

Prismvol_sup.pdf (113 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the second comic that stresses finding the volume of prisms.

Spherevol_sup.pdf (337 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the second comic that stresses finding the volume of spheres.