Humorous (fiction), 2,286 words, Level Y (Grade 5), Lexile 790L
Miltie Math-head: Football Hero? is a humorous story about a boy who is extremely good at math, but not so successful as a football player. He is small, and the other kids make fun of his attempts to fit in with the team. But once he realizes that football is all about math (angles, arcs, and distance), Miltie masterminds a few impressive plays that lead his team to a championship victory. Illustrations support the text.
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