Life of Fred: Liver

Life of Fred: Liver

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ISBN: 9781937032074
Grades: 4-5

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Category Description for Life of Fred:

Life of Fred (LOF) is an unconventional series of math texts that seem accessible and friendly, especially for students who dislike traditional programs. According to Dr. Schmidt, the author, this series is designed to teach you the math you need to know without repetition, redundancy, and a multitude of problems to work. LOF follows the storyline of Fred's life while incorporating solid math concepts and skills. Motivated or independent students will appreciate this series, as well as gifted math students who might need a challenge. Written to the student and intended to be self-teaching, the author prefers that students use these with very little help from you, so they can learn to study and understand on their own. Even the solutions (found in the text) are addressed to the student. In fact, there's a lot of actual instruction in the solutions, which students should read after trying to solve problems on their own. Math in a story context can sometimes make more sense to students than stand-alone math concepts - especially if it's an entertaining story! Students do two books per year up through pre-algebra; beginning with algebra, one book per year.




Category Description for Life of Fred Intermediate Series:

So, what to do after that last dose of Jelly Beans? Head for the Kidneys, Liver and Mineshaft. If your child has completed LOF Elementary and is still under the tender age of ten (Prof. Schmidt recommends NOT beginning LOF Fractions until the fifth grade) three more books have been added to fill the "gap". Also use this series if your 5th or 6th grader wants to switch to LOF and has been using another curriculum. If your child does not yet have a good grasp of addition and subtraction, does not understand the concept of multiplication and division, or is not yet in 4th grade, complete the LOF Elementary series before beginning this one.

As in the Elementary series, each brief chapter (about six pages) is followed by a short set of problems (usually 4-5) called Your Turn to Play. These questions should be written out (NO calculators are allowed) before checking the complete solutions found on the next page. I strongly recommend reading through the solutions even if you think your answers are correct as there is often additional instruction or alternate solution method(s) embedded in the answer section. Each book consists of nineteen chapters and should take roughly a month to complete. Since the entire series can be completed in a mere three months, this would also be a great review course for students during the summer.

If you are familiar with the other Life of Fred books, you know that Prof. Schmidt educates while entertaining. We pick up the Life of Fred where we left it in the Elementary series. Fred is still five, still a Professor at Kittens, still living on the third floor of the Math Building, and still can't paint as well as Kingie. Throughout this series, we follow Fred as he catches criminals, visits the University President's home, meets a talking horse, goes to camp, babysits, and ALMOST falls into a mineshaft. Between beanbag-doll artists and magical mailboxes, Fred explores a whole lot of math with a particular focus on functions. Besides learning many mathematical concepts including (but not limited to):

Numerals, fractions, borrowing in subtraction, functions, domains, codomains, elapsed time, percents, telling time, standard to metric conversions, volume, perimeter, area, polar form, exponents, set theory, geometric forms, arithmetic sequences, arithmetic series, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, sigma notation, analytic geometry, commutative actions, adding fractions, multiplying fractions, geometric theorems, Pythagorean theorem, pie charts, natural numbers, long and short division, converting percents to fractions, reducing fractions, converting fractions to percents, averages, images in the codomain of a function, doubling, rounding, trillions, billions, set notation, perpendicular lines, diminutives, right angles, sectors, cardinality, inverse operations, metric system, operations with time, diameters, radii, chords, secants, measurement conversions, temperature conversions, markup

Your child will also learn about such things as:

Talent, practice, patience, idioms, how to write a check, how to stay on topic when speaking, chemical notation, why not to consume much sugar, redundant speech, basic laws of economics, stethoscopes, why we have two kidneys, parts of speech, multi-tasking, logically equivalent statements, adumbration, how to take up slack in a boot, summer solstice, encountering lions at blood banks, how to take the SAT, reading the fine print, Armenian food, silent letters, treble and bass clefs, why there is little irony in children's books, the singular form of graffiti, why to exercise, how to open a door, the use of silence in life, translating Latin, reasons to be grateful, how addresses and rooms are numbered, feudalism, hunting tigers, square knots, balalaikas, the difference between concrete and cement, Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, definition of a mammal, searing a steak, telling the truth, making mistakes, camping, and when to be polite - just to name a few.

Even though I was rooting for Kittens, Lollipops, and Milkshakes as follow-ups to the Elementary series, I can't complain about the deliciously satisfying content of these less appealingly named books.




Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:



Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade Start
4
Grade End
5
ISBN
9781937032074
Author
Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph. D.
Format
Hardcover Book
Brand Name
Z-twist Books
Weight
0.95 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.25" x 7.5" x 0.5"
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My math reluctant son loves, loves, loves, Life of Fred math! He has flown through the series, as a fourth grader who was behind, and is now ready for the next books.
Mary H on Sep 23, 2019
I am fairly new to Life of Fred, but needed something more engaging for my 6-year-old. She loved it so much that the older kids started asking if they could do "fun math".
Bonnie F on Sep 14, 2018
My math reluctant son loves, loves, loves, Life of Fred math! He has flown through the series, as a fourth grader who was behind, and is now ready for the next books.
Mary H on Sep 23, 2019
I have been using Life of Fred, and my grandsons are now ready for this volume.
Lois T on Apr 24, 2019
I am fairly new to Life of Fred, but needed something more engaging for my 6-year-old. She loved it so much that the older kids started asking if they could do "fun math".
Bonnie F on Sep 14, 2018
All of my kids love reading these as a supplement to their math programs!
Laura P on Mar 28, 2018
love life of fred
Alyssa J on Oct 12, 2017
For one of my kids Life of Fred has kept us sane. When you get this far into it, you truly start to understand the brilliance behind this resource. I will be forever great for it.
Rita G on Oct 6, 2017
We love love love LOF! It has been completely life changing for our kids!
Amber H on Mar 22, 2017
I have been using Life of Fred, and my grandsons are now ready for this volume.
Lois T on Apr 24, 2019
All of my kids love reading these as a supplement to their math programs!
Laura P on Mar 28, 2018
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My son finished this book quickly. He has a solid Math foundation, but loves reading about Fred’s adventures. He’ll be starting the Mineshaft book soon and can’t wait.
May 13, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Consequences for anorexia?
The LOF series is getting more interesting for me, as a parent, by the Liver book. Also, I was glad to see mention that Fred's urinalysis was going to be abnormal due to his not eating. But there's never any follow-up for this and he continues to live without any sustenance at all. I wish someone would do something about this child's lack of appetite. As a parent of an extremely picky eater, I worry.

But the LOF series as a whole has been a great success for my son. He recently taught a math lesson to two adults and was pleased that he understood math concepts that they did not. He had to go back and explain things he had assumed they would know. I was impressed by how well he understood the math taught in LOF Liver. He was able to explain his topic in several different ways in order to get his "students" to understand. That showed me he was really understanding it and not just memorizing facts.
May 5, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago

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