Life of Fred: Ice Cream

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The ninth book in the Life of Fred Elementary Series; the first book of fourth-grade material.



  • Area of a Rectangle
  • Multiplying Two-digit Numbers
  • Ten Multiplication Facts 
  • Less Than and Greater Than
  • Counting Back Change
  • Slope of a Line
  • Estimating Using Graphs
  • Changing the Scale on a Graph
  • Perimete
  • Plotting Points on a Graph
  • Minutes and Hours in the Metric System
  • Elapsed Time,
  • First and Second Coordinates
  • Bar Graphs
  • Ordered Pairs
  • Subtracting oz. from lbs.
  • Formula Memorization Tricks


  • One Use of Poetry
  • The Big Question in Arithmetic
  • Stationery vs. Stationary
  • A Pound of Hamburger Weighs More Than a Pound of Gold
  • How to Remember 7W8 equals 56
  • Sigma Notation
  • Bibelots
  • Forestland in the United States
  • Hyperbole
  • Business Letters vs. Personal Letters
  • Capitalization in Closing Salutations
  • Using Honey Cards
  • Why Algebra Does Not Use the Times Sign (W)
  • How to Polish Leather Shoes
  • Maps as Seen by Artists
  • War Historians
  • Mathematicians
  • Lovers of Cheese
  • Literature Historians
  • A Poetical Meaning for "the Land of Milk and Honey"
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Finding Cyprus on a Map
  • The Cardinality of the Set of All Ice Cream Flavors that Begin with the Letter Alpha
  • Implicit vs. Explicit
  • The Two Major Countries on the Iberian Peninsula
  • Why You Can't Find an Ibex in Kansas
  • How to Have Ice in the Summer in Kansas in 1843
  • Improper Use of Seat Belts
  • Why You Shouldn't Park on the Sidewalk
  • Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni's Painting
  • The One Reason for Mathematics
  • When Eating Ice Cream Can Be Torture
  • Irony
  • Hooke's Law
  • Liberty vs. Freedom
  • the Commutativity of Set Union
  • Homogenized Milk
  • Why Use Soap
  • Cryogenics
  • Joe's Stomach Has Only Finite Capacity
  • Why Brass Braces Are Better Than Regular Braces

Ice Cream is the ninth book in the Life of Fred Elementary Series, which is designed for students in grades 1-4.

Each narrative-based chapter is approximately six pages, and ends with a "Your Turn to Play" segment with three or four questions. Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems. This book should take approximately one month to complete.

Life of Fred is a unique, complete (not supplemental), math program that uses a highly engaging narrative to teach math without fear and with enjoyment. Students follow the life of Fred Gauss (a math professor who grows up to the age of six), who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures over the course of the curriculum. Math becomes relevant and important because the need for math occurs in Fred's life (and he sees math everywhere). Witty and truly entertaining, these books will engage students in a way unlike any other math program - --while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics without an abundance of repetitive drills. This series is perfect for inquisitive students who struggle with the relevance of math, or anyone looking for a creative approach to mathematic thinking!

128 pages, indexed; hardcover, non-consumable textbook with Smyth-sewn binding. Students write their answers on separate paper. Answers are also included in the text and written directly to the student.

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