Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow

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Macmillan, Dec 26, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages

Early one morning at the Denver Zoo, a polar bear gives birth to two tiny babies, then abandons them. The zoo staff must raise the babies, but there are many things they don't know. What foods are best? How much should the cubs eat? Once they figure out the answers, the cubs quickly become healthy, happy young bears. Young readers follow Klondike and Snow as they grow from fragile newborns to large, lively bears, and along the way they'll learn about fractions.


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This book shows how students should learn by including more than one content area. It includes science (learning about animals specifically the polar bear) and math (learning about fractions). It ... Read full review

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I wanted to read this book to my group of fifth graders, but i felt that it was for a younger crowd. Personally, I loved the book. This book compares fractions to real life. In order to cook you have to be able to read a measuring cup and understand fractions. The illustrations were great. Read full review

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Ann Whitehead Nagda is the author of Tiger Math, Chimp Math, Polar Bear Math, and Panda Math, as well as several other books about wildlife. Her love of wild animals grew during her visits to national parks and wildlife reserves in Asia and Africa, and today she is a docent at the Denver Zoo. Her newest book, Cheetah Math: Learning About Division from Baby Cheetahs, was released in Fall 2007 by Henry Holt. Ms. Nagda lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband.

Cindy Bickel has worked at the Denver Zoo for more than thirty years. During her career, she has hand-raised hundreds of babies for the zoo, using math every day in her job as a veterinary assistant. Ms. Bickel helped write Chimp Math, Tiger Math, and Klondike and Snow: The Denver Zoo's Remarkable Story of Raising Two Polar Bear Cubs.

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