Cheetah Math
by Ann Whitehead Nagda

Subtitle: Learning About Division from
Baby Cheetahs

Cheetah Math tells the story of two cheetah cubs named Majani and Kubali who have just arrived at the zoo and need lots of care and attention from the staff, who use division to make decisions about their care.

Soon, the two cheetah cubs are thriving and act as 'animal ambassadors', helping teach zoo visitors about the plight of cheetahs around the world. Great for teaching division and cheetah development.

This is one of our favorite middle-grades books for teaching division, as it provides an engaging, real world application (plus the cheetahs are adorable!)  The text and division are a bit complex (and the text can get lengthy), so this is definitely a book to use once your kids have a general understanding of division.

And...check out the other math-themed books by Nagda--Tiger Math (graphing), Panda Math (subtraction), Chimp Math (time), and Polar Bear Math (fractions.)

Reading Levels for Cheetah Math:

Interest Level:  Grade 2-5              Lexile Measure: 990L

(Sorry, we don't currently have the DRA or Guided Reading Level for this book)

See Inside Cheetah Math:

Here are pages inside this book. Like all the book in this series, there's quite a lot of text on each page, but there's really good, compelling math here! You may want to consider breaking the book up over a number of days so you can work through the math problems one at a time as a class and have the kids do related division activities for each section. This will deepen the experience, plus your kids will become more 'invested' in what happens to the cheetahs as the days go on (and as they become vicarious caretakers.)

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You may also want to check out other animal math books by Ann Whitehead Nadga. To learn more, click on the images below or the link above.  :)   

Or see other books on our page of best books for teaching division: