1. What did you like about the book?
I liked how this book discussed both science and mathematics, not just math. Often times, math and science go hand in hand in the younger grades and this book is a prime example. The story was very interesting and integrated a lot of math vocabulary words and definitions within the story. The book was also interesting and very relate-able to those students who have trouble learning mathematics. This book shows how all it takes is practice to learn mathematics and anybody can do it.
2. What did you dislike about the book?
There was hardly any parts of the book that I disliked. If I had to choose one however, I would say that it talked a little more about science than it did math because the main characters were called "periodics" which were horse-like creatures that helped Julie get back home. Their names were elements like Hydrogen and Lithium so they talked a lot about their elements properties and other related information rather than mathematics.
3. What 3 connections did you make to the book?
When I first started to learn Algebra, I was exactly like Julie. I was unwilling to work on it because it didn't come to me naturally and I just wanted to give up when I came up with the wrong answer.
When I was younger and really bored in class, I used to sit and daydream about made up lands and it closely relates to what Julie did. She experienced the land of "Higher Mathematics" while doing her algebra homework.
My 7th grade algebra 1 teacher reminds me of the Periodic Lithium. The both always seem to know the answer to a problem and are very smart. I remember thinking that my teacher was the smartest woman I had ever met and I could go to her with any problem I had. Julie seems to feel the same way about Lithium. He seems to be the leader of the group and always knows the right answer.
4. How will you integrate this book into your classroom curriculum?
If I end up teaching Algebra I, I will assign this book to the class and use literature circles to let them discuss the story. The book is a very easy read so it should not take more than 2 days to finish. I think it is very valuable for them to read because it shows the frustrations students can have when learning algebra for the first time. It also shows that with hard work and dedication to learning, students will succeed in learning algebra. I could also coordinate with a science teacher and have their students read the book as well and do a joint literature circle project since the book deals with both mathematics and science. This would be a great way to work across departments and show the students how to cooperate and work together.