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Comic Books That Teach Mathematics
Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)
  • Bruce Kessler, Western Kentucky University
Abstract

During the 2008--2009 academic year, the author embarked on an extremely non-standard curriculum path: developing comic books with embedded mathematics appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade students. With the help of an education professor to measure impact, an elementary-school principal, and talented undergraduate illustrators, this project came to fruition and the comics were implemented in elementary classrooms at Cumberland Trace Elementary in the Warren County School System in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This manuscript gives the history of this idea, the difficulties of developing the content of the comics and getting them illustrated, and the implementation plan in the school.

A PDF file of the first issue of the comic book is available at http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/13. A PDF file of the second issue of the comic book is available at http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/39. A PDF file of the third issue of the comic book is available at http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/41.

Keywords
  • mathematical art,
  • artistic mathematics,
  • comic books,
  • elementary education
Publication Date
July 28, 2009
Citation Information
Bruce Kessler. "Comic Books That Teach Mathematics" Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/8/