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Villainy, Inc.: Thwarting World Supremacy through Mathematics

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Author:Maryland Public Television
Description: To thwart the evil Dr. Wick, ID, middle grade students take on the role of an advisor to his company, Villainy, Inc. -- while secretly using their math skills to make sure Wick never succeeds. As undercover double agents for the Anti-Villainy Unit (the AVU), students complete missions such as "The Golf of Mexico" or "Drive Thru Deceit" by solving unique and complex activities that explore statistics and probability, algebra, geometry, decimals, percents, negative numbers, and more. Each story offers tongue-in-cheek dialogue along with comical animated scenes and characters, including AVU helpers that students choose to accompany them on each mission based on those helpers' different math strengths. Short animated segments advance the story and show how the mathematical challenges influence its outcome. Finally, students see one of three different endings, based on how correctly they answer the final math challenge. Missions draw on the Maryland State Curriculum indicators and objectives. With accompanying teacher support and activities for families.

Levels: Middle School (6-8)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Lesson Plans and Activities, Fun for Kids, Humor
Math Topics: Basic Algebra, Fractions/Decimals/Percents, Negative Numbers, Patterns/Relationships, Problem-Solving, Euclidean Plane Geometry, Probability, Statistics

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