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Operation Comics #3: Not Your Average Cat

Bruce Kessler, Western Kentucky University

Abstract

This is the third 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 petty thief called the Cheetah. He had once been a mere biologist wanting funding for his genetics research into making a faster human, but after experimenting on himself, he finds that he can run as fast as a cheetah. He decides that if he can get attention for his research by eluding the great Wonderguy, then the funding he wants will soon be his. However, he did not count on Claire and Dillon, Wonderguy's mathematical ace-in-the-hole.

The mathematics concepts of the arithmetic mean and graphing points on a coordinate plane are presented.

Suggested Citation

Bruce Kessler. Operation Comics #3: Not Your Average Cat. Bowling Green, KY: , 2009.

OperationComics3_sample.pdf (734 kB)
This is a short sample of the third comic.

teacher_sup_3.pdf (702 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.

center_sup_1.pdf (100 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the third comic that stresses finding the center of a set of points by finding the mean of their x- and y-coordinates.

center_sup_2.pdf (101 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the third comic that stresses finding the center of a set of points by finding the mean of their x- and y-coordinates.

center_sup_3.pdf (103 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the third comic that stresses finding the center of a set of points by finding the mean of their x- and y-coordinates.

center_sup_4.pdf (101 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the third comic that stresses finding the center of a set of points by finding the mean of their x- and y-coordinates.

center_sup_5.pdf (103 kB)
This is a classroom worksheet that may be used in conjunction with the third comic that stresses finding the center of a set of points by finding the mean of their x- and y-coordinates.