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# The Grapes of Math

This innovative and delightful book challenges children -- and parents -- to open their minds and solve problems in new and unexpected ways. By looking for patterns, symmetries, and familiar number combinations displayed within eye-catching pictures, math will become easier and quicker -- and much more fun -- than anyone could have ever imagined!

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published
February 1st 2001
by Scholastic Press
(first published 2001)

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Jul 07, 2009
Julie Suzanne
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Recommends it for:
Young students (grades 3 - 8?)

Recommended to Julie by:
Rose & Juniper

Shelves:
read-with-my-child,
math

Simple riddles prompt you to look at a visual counting conundrum in a different way. On your public school math drills, you'll see everything grouped into perfect columns already, but this book will show you groups of things in more random formation, like real life. I was stumped EVERY time (and I was an excellent student in math); the answers at the end comprise the lesson/teaching aspect of the book. I learned some really good strategies for practical math applications, but more importantly, I
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Apr 02, 2016
Madeline Bergstrom
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Shelves:
picture-books,
math-books

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Purpose:

-read aloud: I think this would be a good book to read a ...more

I really thought this book was GREAT. it was well thought out and the images were SO helpful. I felt this a book that every kid should have, its such a great resource and i think it definitely helps if math is something you struggle with.

This book would be great for ages 7-10, so about 2nd-4th grade. It has all sorts of interesting ways of figuring out math problems. So whichever unit of math you are in, there will be at least one great example and way of understanding it in this b ...more

I find that my fourth and fifth grade students often lack mental math strategies, so the story line of these poems is one that I would utilize at the beginning of the school year to introduce mental math strategies. I like the idea of using these simple poems to discuss ...more

Counting each takes too much time." This book makes math fun and easier, children will love it.

The purpose of the book would be for read aloud for curricular reasons such as math for third grade. Throughout t ...more

This is an example of an informational book because it presents information on certain math concepts: recognizing patterns, computational and problem solving skills, grouping, strategies for practical math applications, using mental math to solve multiplication and other pro ...more

Purpose/use in the classroom: This ...more

Feb 26, 2015
Mary Ledom
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it was amazing
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Shelves:
children-s-picture-books

This book was unbelievable! I really enjoyed it and right after I read Grapes of Math, I thought about how I could use it in my classroom. I would hands down give this to every teacher in the second grade. It would be a great book for a math lesson and would interest the children immensely. I was doing the math facts and problems alone and out loud with excitement. I cannot even imagine what my class would be like while I read this to them. It already makes me smile!

Not only are there math fact ...more

Not only are there math fact ...more

I really like how this book shows math in a fun, exciting, and creative way. I personally would have loved all these math books when I was younger because all we did was worksheets. So this book definitely beats writing math problems until your hand cramps up. It brings fun poetry into the mix and also shows you a variety of ways to look at numbers. Really beneficial.

Purpose/Use in the classroom:

-I would most likely use this to bring in a math lesson and read it aloud to the st ...more

May 04, 2015
Maddie Scheer
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1. I was first introduced to this book in my Math class. I thought it had a clever title, but when I got to read it I got to see it for its true importance. This is a great book for students learning math and I enjoyed it thoroughly and thought it was very clever.

2. This would be a good book for any of the options. It would be a great read aloud for a unit on math because it is an informational book on math and numbers. It contains poems that utilize math strategies and would help students view ...more

2. This would be a good book for any of the options. It would be a great read aloud for a unit on math because it is an informational book on math and numbers. It contains poems that utilize math strategies and would help students view ...more

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

This book contains 16 different illustrated math riddles to help children learn to solve math problems in different ways. Many of the riddles in the book deal with multiplication. However, some riddles deal with other mathematical concepts. There are rhymes throughout the book which make it engaging and fun for students. After the questions, tips are given on using mental math to solve the question. I would use this book in my class to teach students about different mathematical concepts such as
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*Henry the Fourth*as far as getting kids to read real books go, because it doesn’t hide its true purpose of being a math book under the guise of a fun little story. It uses pictures and poems to teach kids how to count by grouping objects together. The pictures are all full-bleed, double-page spreads, but the objects that the children count are all on the verso page, while the po ...more

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Summary: The author of this book creatively setup the illustrations and text vertically in a two-page spread. Each two-page spread has a math riddle for the reader to solve. There are assisting illustrations included to visually aid the readers in solving the riddle. For each riddle included in this book there is a math question that must be answered. The author chose to represent each focus question of each riddle in a different font color to draw atten ...more

I love using this book to teach children patterns in math. At first it's kind of tricky for them, but then they pick it up and have a lot of fun with it. After taking this class, I have become very fond of reading books during math and this was one I've used in the past and loved to reunite with this year.

Critic Review taken from Amazon.com:

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-Picture puzzles accompanied by clues in verse encourage readers to embark on some inspired problem solvi ...more

The rhymes would make this fun for young readers and if they didn't totally get the math concepts, they would grow into it.

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Genre: Informational

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"Grapes of Math" is a riddle book coupled with pictures, that teaches kids how to group numbers in order to add faster. For instance:

"It's a picnic! the ants scream.

How many ants are in this scene?

Try to count them one by one,

Before you finish they'll be done.

Find a square before you count--

Soon you'll see the right amount!"

This riddle has a picture of ants in various ...more

Apr 23, 2015
Hannah Evilsizor
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Shelves:
children-s-poetry,
children-s-information

I enjoyed this book because it is colorful and it is full of information for students and ways that they can actively be involved in the text. This book would be for preschool or kindergarten it has poems about counting and shapes. It is full of bright colors and lots of rhymes. This would be a great way to work in poetry into math. Young students learn by repetition and doing something over and over. If you read one poem to them before math they would remember it and use it to help them. They
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The Grapes of Math teaches readers to group, find patterns, and view math in a different way instead of counting individual items on each page. Containing 16 fun riddles, this book helps reluctant students learn new and exciting ways to add creativity to math, instead of relying on old conventional ways of memorization and finger counting.

"Grapes of Math" is appropriate for ages 7+ (Grades 2+).

Perhaps my favorite feature in this book is the fun, computer generated illustrations. The phr ...more

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