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# A Remainder of One

When the queen of her bugs demands that her army march in even lines, Private Joe divides the marchers into more and more lines so that he will not be left out of the parade.

Paperback, 32 pages

Published
August 26th 2002
by HMH Books for Young Readers
(first published January 2nd 1985)

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May 07, 2012
Dolly
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parents reading with their children

This is a fun book with a math lesson about groups of different numbers woven into the tale. I love that the little beetle tries several different combinations of groups to find one that will allow him to join the formation. After three failed attempts, Joe did not give up, which by itself is a terrific lesson on perseverence and pushing on despite failure.

We discussed the mathematical principles and the division and multiplication properties of each combination that he tried and I think this w...more

We discussed the mathematical principles and the division and multiplication properties of each combination that he tried and I think this w...more

Age: 3rd-5th grade

Summary: The 25th infantry marches in rows past the queen, but poor Joe never fits in. The bugs keep trying different arrangements until Joe is no longer a remainder.

Curriculum Connection: This book helps teach division and remainders.

Personal Reaction: I liked the way the book rhymed and how the bugs kept trying to find a way for Joe to fit in. It would be fun to use with a class, so that they could guess what was coming next.

Visual Appeal: With eac...more

Apr 08, 2014
Rebecca Ashley Teague
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Shelves:
math-concepts

A Remainder of One tells the story of 25 bugs in an army who are trying to arrange themselves into even lines for the queen. Each day they try to divide themselves into a different amount of even lines, but Joe was always the remainder when dividing into 2, 3, and 4 lines. Finally, the bugs divide into 5 lines and Joe is no longer left out. This book contains rhyming throughout the story. This would be a great book to not only introduce a math concept, but to incorporate and reinforce rhyming as...more

Summary: This is a rhyming story about ants trying to march to a picnic but they are having trouble trying to get their marching lines into even rows, without the left out remainder of one.

Critique:

A. Math concepts, division

B. This catchy, rhyming story introduces division in a more concrete way so children can grasp the concept. One of the first stages in teaching division is grouping just like the ants grouped into rows to march.

C. "The troupe had divided by fou...more

Activity: Read book and then reread while students use manipulatives to show how the ant was unable to fit into the group. Once the groups of ants were divided evenly the ant was no longer a remainder.

Reflection:

This book is a great example of how a large group can be divided into smaller groups and sometimes in order to create equal groups there may be remainders. Using manipulatives with your students will help them understand that depending on how you separate y...more

Apr 08, 2014
Nicole Agadoni
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Shelves:
informational-text-set

A Remainder of One features a bug named Joe who is constantly struggling to fit in with the marching infantry. He is always the odd one out, or the remainder, which does not please the queen. This is obviously a great book to introduce division, especially for students who learn best with visual examples. I also love the idea of incorporating literacy and math. After reading the book, the students could create their own infantries with plastic bugs or manipulatives, and use them to form and solv...more

A great book for talking about division with remainders.

Mar 20, 2013
Christy Whitaker
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math-concepts

Joe the beetle is meant to teach students how and why we have remainders when dividing. One bug is left when the 25th squadron breaks off into pairs, then sets of three, and sets of 4 (always leaving a remainder of 1). Finally, when breaking off into sets of five, every bug is included. This book is excellent for introducing dividing and remainders in a classroom. For an added bonus, the book is written in rhymes- which seems to be a favorite in all grades.

Recommended grade levels: 3-5

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