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Sundae Scoop

by Stuart J. Murphy, Cynthia Jabar

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 40
Paperback
ISBN: 9780064462501






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Overview of Sundae Scoop

How many different ice-cream sundaes can you make? With 6 ingredients to choose from, there are so many combinations. Read all about the sundaes they're making at the school picnic. Math has never been so delicious!

At the picnic on the last day of school, James, his friends, and the cafeteria lady make a variety of ice cream sundaes, using mathematics to figure out how many different kinds they can create.

Synopsis of Sundae Scoop

How many different ice-cream sundaes can you make? With 6 ingredients to choose from, there are so many combinations. Read all about the sundaes they're making at the school picnic. Math has never been so delicious!

School Library Journal

Kids will eat up this lesson on the concept of combinations, as they figure out how many types of ice-cream sundaes can be made from a changing group of ingredients. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

About the Author, Stuart J. Murphy

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

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School Library Journal

Kids will eat up this lesson on the concept of combinations, as they figure out how many types of ice-cream sundaes can be made from a changing group of ingredients. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews

More math that kids—and not a few adults—can relate to, from the master of math concepts. Here he tackles combinations via a story of kids making sundaes at a school picnic. First the kids discuss the number of ice creams, sauces, and toppings they will use, drawing a chart to illustrate the possibilities aptly rendered in the playful pastel, disheveled artwork that looks just like a sundae. Murphy (Bigger, Better, Best, p. 1138, etc.) plays the concept like a slide trombone: Up, up the number of potential combinations mount, and then, as the kids commence to dish out the goods at the picnic, the options start to drop down, down as the sprinkles tip over and the chocolate ice cream melts and the caramel gets spilled. The chill that the words "combinational analysis" send through the bones is chased away by the clarity of Murphy’s diagramming, flow charts that show just how many different sundaes might be ordered. As always in the MathStart series, Murphy supplies a number of activity ideas that extend and embellish upon the concepts being introduced as well as a short bibliography. Be prepared to head for the freezer. (Picture book/math. 6-9)

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