Monday, October 18, 2010

Magic Up Your Sleeve

Magic Up Your Sleeve
written by Helaine Becker; illustrated by Claudia Davila
(Maple Tree Press) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library

Magic Up Your Sleeve is loaded with easy to understand instructions for performing over twenty magic tricks. The real magic with this book is how you can use it to teach math, science, history, and writing procedural text. For example, The Levitating Ice Cube and Bring It To a Boil tricks could be part of a unit on the states of matter. You "Can" Do It involves soda to create an entertaining lesson in density. One of my favorite tricks is a math trick titled I've Got Your Number. You ask a volunteer to think of a three digit number with no repeating numbers. The next step is to have them reverse the number and subtract the smaller number from the larger number. Finally you ask your volunteer to reveal only the last digit of the answer. With this information, you will be able to tell them the entire number that was in their head. The "trick" to this trick is that you will always end up with nine as the middle digit and the two outside digits will add up to nine. You can subtract the last digit from nine and "magically" deliver the answer. Magic Up Your Sleeve is a superb source of entertaining nonfiction text that could be used to teach lessons throughout the year.

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