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Measuring Penny

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Lisa has an important homework assignment--to measure something in several different ways. She has to use standard units like inches and nonstandard units like paper clips to find out height, width, length, weight, volume, temperature, and time. Lisa decides to measure her dog, Penny, and finds out ...

Penny's nose = 1 inch long
Penny's tail = 1 dog biscuit long
Penny's paw
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1998 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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I've used this/recommended this to teachers who attend teacher professional development workshops I teach on the topics of hand-on, interactive math education and integrating math with other content areas for several years, but this week was the first time I actually used the book with my own students. (I know. Shame on me.)

My students and I are just beginning a unit on measurement, and this book served as a good introduction to the truly vast range of concepts included in 'measurement.' My stu
Jun 09, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story that shows how one little girl named Lisa completes her school assignment by measuring her dog Penny in many different ways, using standard and nonstandard units of measurement.

Lisa measures Penny (and a few other dogs) in different ways, then she shows how much she feeds Penny. Lisa depicts a typical day for Penny, and computes how long it takes Penny to get to different locations. Lisa also shows how temperature affects Penny and how long they walk. Finally, Lisa shows how
Kayo C
Measuring Penny is an amazing book and should be added to any classroom! This book is very relatable for any child who owns or has been around someone's pet. This book covers various types of measurement from time, to money, graphing, standard and non-standard forms of measurement and even map-making skills! In a first grade classroom I would use follow-up activities such as measuring how long stuffed animals were, using comparing words by perhaps sorting pictures of different dog breed (ex: A P ...more
Aaron Alexander
This is a fun book for students to read that helps them learn about both standard and nonstandard measurement. In the story, a little girl is given a homework assignment to measure things. She decides to measure her dog. The little girl measures things with both a regular ruler and other nonconventional items such as Q-tips, dog treats, and other things that can be found around the house. You could use this to do an activity with your students by bringing in some of these items and asking them t ...more
Kristen Thompson
This is a great book to use to teach measurement! I read this to my 1st grade class and they loved it. It is about a girl named Penny who receives this homework assignment that is to measure something in several different ways. Penny uses both standard units (inches, feet, etc.) and non-standard units (dog biscuits, paper clips, etc.) to measure her dog penny. She also finds the weight. This is a GREAT book to introduce measurement and start off with the non-standard measurements first. You coul ...more
Zach Naegele
In this book a little girl measures her dog and others for a homework assignment on measuring. The book introduces standard and non standard units of measurement. The standard units introduced include inches, feet, centimeters, pounds, cups, degrees, seconds, minutes, dollars, and more. The non standard units include dog biscuits, cotton swabs, and even the girl. The book lists each of the measurements and shows how to add them up. It also compares the measurements of several different dogs to s ...more
Math skills and units of measurement are introduced in Measuring Penny, a nicely-illustrated picture book. Whether she’s measuring Penny’s ears or how high her canine pals at the dog park can jump, Lisa, the little girl in the story obviously loves dogs and spends a lot of quality time with her pet.

Unfortunately, the last section has Lisa adding up the costs of caring for a dog, and we discover that she purchased Penny for $275.00. I’d much rather Lisa’s family had adopted Penny; the author miss
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
A wonderful learning story about measurement that is clear and educational while being humorous and entertaining. It's not just traditional units of measurement that are used, but other things like dog bones. One dog's tale is five dog bones long. The fact that dogs are on every page and the subject of most measurements, is only a plus.
Stephanie Field
Lisa is given a homework assignment where she needs to measure something in as many ways as she can. She decides to measure her dog in numerous ways. She measures how long Penny is, how tall she is, how high she jumps, how much she weighs, the amount of water and food she consumes, and many other things as well.
Through this story, Lisa teaches the reader about different units of measurement and different ways to measure something. It is a great book to use to teach young children about measurem
What an amazing book on measurement!!! I have a hard time finding "learning" books that kids actually want to read. Usually these types of books teach a rule or procedure and then continue to use that rule throughout the book. It's not very fun. It's almost like it's trying to be a picture book but doing a very bad job about it. It's not convincing anyone...especially the kids.

This book uses standard measuring units among nonstandard units of measurement to measure the little girl's pet dog Pen
Amy Olson
This is a great book to use for a lesson in measurement. Students will be more involved in a book about measuring than reading a textbook! An idea while reading the book is to measure things around the classroom.
My first grade teacher that I am doing my field work with read this book to the students. It talks about measuring the dogs using standard and nonstandard measurements. After she finished, the students worked together to measure their name tags using paper clips (nonstandard measurement), then they looked at the rulers on their name tags (standard measurement). I like this book and can see myself using it to introduce a project in the future.

Interest Level
Grades 2 - 4
Reading Level
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Kate Werner
Lisa is given an assignment in school to go home and measure as many things as she can, as many ways as she can think of. Of course, she picks her lovable dog, Penny. She learns so much about Penny and about measuring while completing her assignment!

This book would be great to talk about measuring skills with young students. Lisa doesn't just measure the most obvious things about Penny, she gets creative and this could inspire students to think more deeply about this math concept. If nothing els
Lyndsey Hurm
This was a great book!! I did a two day lesson on measuring and writing with a First grade class that I was interning in. First I read the book and it is about different ways to measure things. The girl in the story measured her dog using a ruler, dog bones, Q-tips, weight, and more. After reading the story I asked the students about their dogs if they had any. Then I told them that on the way to school I saw a missing dog poster and it described the dog in length, width, color, personality, etc ...more
Ashley Sites
I thought that this book was a cute little mathematics book for kids. It teaches children about using a ruler or other items like doggies treats to measure things such as dog snouts, and paw prints. I loved how they had a actual line that children can use as a guide and the illustrations were adorable. I definitely want this book for my classroom and home. Also, I love Boston Terriers. I love a lot of breeds, but Bostons are my favorite :)
Jenna West
I really enjoyed this book! It teaches children many ways you can be creative with math and measure things with funny units such as dog biscuits and qtips. It also teaches kids that having a dog is not free, and it costs money to keep a dog. It also shows the benefits of being a dog. Love this cute book! Different breeds are compared in this book in a fun way that is easy to understand. Great book!!!
Katherine Fountain
This book is such a fun way to introduce measurement. The title would lead one to believe that this has to do with money because of penny but Penny is actually a dog that the child uses to learn how to measure. This book uses different forms of measurements including the metric system. I think this book would be great for any child, especially those who have pets. Comparison would also be great when doing this story. A teacher could show the students a picture of a chihuahua and a picture of a g ...more
I love this because my dog is named penny, too! Cute illustrations. It's always fun to look at pictures of dog breeds, and learning about measurements and math is good too! Maybe this book will inspire kids to try measuring stuff.
I loved this sweet book about the care a girl takes of her dog. PLUS it is a great way to talk and introduce measurement. Using standard and nonstandard units explaining that you can find a way to measure almost anything!!!
Emily Platt
Good book! Fun book to read with older children. I like that it incorporates dogs in the book to make it more fun! The girl in the book is cute and it is a great way to start learning about measuring!
Alexa Maring
Measuring Penny offers students both standard and non-standard measurments in order to measure different thing! This book is a great way to demonstrate that math is something we use in our everyday life. Be sure to make these connections with the students. The more they connect to the readings and lesson the better they will learn. By seeing the concept applied to something they can do themselves, make measuring fun rather than dull. Integrating math and literacy is easy to do with this children ...more
Megan Brooks
This book teaches children about nonstandard measurement and using different tools for measuring items. This book is a great resource for teaching nonstandard measurement.
Hailey Dellinger
This book demonstrates several different ways to measure things! This book does an excellent job of sharing standard units like inches along with nonstandard units like paper clips to find height, width, length, weight, volume, temperature, and time. I would use this in grades 3rd-5th to introduce each of these types of measurements for mini lessons. Students will learn so much vocabulary throughout this book and learn ways to measure inside and outside the classroom. You could correlate this wi ...more
This book was extremely similar to Mapping Penny in which the teacher assigns each student with a task in which they must choose something to measure. This book would be great to integrate into a math and social studies lesson in which students could learn to identify different measurement tools, identify different purposes for measurement, describe everyday uses of measurement and include a reflection, and explain the role measurement plays in designing a CD player. Students can also create a p ...more
I loved all the different things that Penny measured-time, tempurature, weight, costs, etc. It really helps children think outside the box of measuring is just how long or tall something is. The book had very accurate information about breeds of dogs and units of measurement. I did not like the pages about measuring the length, height and weight of the dogs. It was very unreal and I think some kids would be disappointed when they can't get their dogs to sit still to measure their tails with dog ...more
I love using this book during the measurement unit in our classroom. The book's main character Lisa, has a homework measure one thing many different ways. She chooses to work with her dog (penny) and measure as much as she can involving the animal. Lisa works to measure the dog's body, walking route and schedule using standard and non-standard units of measurement. It fits into our measurement unit perfect. The activities are easily extended into the classroom and the students l ...more
Madison Bopp
I would use this book in a 1st grade class to introduce measurement and length by using standard and nonstandard units. We will read the story as a class, discuss different ways Lisa measured dogs and how high they could jump. I would provide students with rulers, cotton swabs, crayons, mini candy bars to have them measure things in the classroom using these different standard and nonstandard forms of measurement. We would then come back together as a class after students have recorded what they ...more
Chelsea Bucci
This book is written on a 3rd grade reading level. It is a fictious story about a girl that recieves a homework assignment in which she needs to measure any one thing. She chooses her dog Penny. She begins by measureing his nose and tail. She then expands her assignment by measuring Penny's width and height. She expands this to another activity in which she uses measurement to make home-made dog treats for Penny! This is a great book to use when teaching measurement to grades 3-5 and also correl ...more
Bree Bosse
This book is absolutely adorable. It is great book to use while teaching measurement with standard and non-standard units. Lisa, the main character is given a project by her teacher to measure something- so she decides to use her dog, Penny to complete her project.. she measures Penny in many ways including length, weight, height, money per year to take care of Penny, time to take care of Penny, Penny's schedule and many other interesting ways. She goes to the park where she ends up measuring ot ...more
Great book to use for teaching measurement with standard and non-standard units.
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Loreen Leedy is the author and illustrator of over 40 picture books with math, science, language arts, and other curriculum content. Her books showcase information in a kid-friendly format, often with characters and entertaining stories.

Honors and awards for her books include: ALA Notable Book, Science Books and Films finalist, Reading Rainbow feature book, Chicago Library Best of the Best, many S
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