Math With a Laugh...Series(ly)
The ageold question: What do you get when you cross a longtime mathematics teacher and her former studentnowturnedprofessional comedian? And the new answer: A threevolume series of books known as the Math With a Laugh."
The writing process was clear. Faye Nisonoff Ruopp would write a variety of mathematics problems that would prompt thinking and skill/concept development....and Paula Poundstone would embed the problem in a humorous context.
The three volumes in the series are:
 The Sticky Problem of Parallelogram Pancakes for grades 45
 Venn Can We Be Friends? for grades 67
 You Can't Keep Slope Down for grades 89
The suggested grades are deceptive, as in my review, I found most of the problems in each volume could be used in any grade level 614...given the appropriate audience and a little tweaking.
The problem sets are categorized in line with the NCTM Content Standards of (1) Number Sense/ Operations, (2) Patterns and Algebra, (3) Geometry, (4) Measurement, and (5) Data Analysis. Also, to further help mathematics teachers, a set of Teacher Notes (with discussions of solutions) has been included.
My suggestion: Try some of the problems with your students. Do the students find them humorous? Do the problems get at important mathematics? And remember the authors advice: "These problems are intentionally silly and humorous so students can laugh and be serious about the mathematics, all at the same time!"
