Simpsons Math Activities
|Resource:||Simpsons Math Activities|
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|Summary:||Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise). In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, "Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University."
|Description:||Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an "ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students..."
When you get to the site, you'll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes:
BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That's right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his "inside jokes" in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.
Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.
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