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Bigger, Better, Best! (MathStart Level 2)

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Bigger, Better, Best! (LEVEL 2: Area)

In their family′s new house, Jenny and Jeff are driving their little sister, Jill, crazy. Who has the bigger window? Who has the bigger bedroom? Jenny and Jeff must use a simple geometry concept to calculate area in order to prove once and for all whose room is bigger.

Ages 6+
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by HarperCollins
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Stacey Hoffman
Aug 28, 2008 Stacey Hoffman rated it really liked it
Bigger, Better, Best is a math concept book that introduces the concept of area. I think this book would be appropriate for second or third graders.

This story is about a family of three children, Jill, Jenny, and Jeff. Jeff and Jenny always argue about who has the best of everything. The family moves into a new house; both Jenny and Jeff believe they have the biggest and best rooms. In order to see who has the best room, they each find the area of their windows to see which is larger. They are t
Rhonda Whittington
As you read have the students count the number of pieces of paper to cover the windows and the floor in the illustrations. Have the students draw a shape on a piece of graph paper. Count the squares inside the shape to find the area. Draw a different shape with the same area.
Apr 14, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, ece-3601
This book offers a fun approach to geometry. The siblings in the story always argue about whose stuff is bigger and better, so their parents encourage them to use area to find out who has a bigger room, window, etc. The non traditional approach to area seen in this story can help students get a better understanding of what area actually means and how it can be applied to their lives. As with his other books, Stuart J. Murphy includes suggested activities in the back that could be used in a class ...more
Deb Carter
Mar 12, 2015 Deb Carter rated it really liked it
These siblings fights are something I know well. This book accurately portrays a family that moves and the discussions that ensue about area.
Katherine Fountain
Mar 25, 2012 Katherine Fountain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
When siblings Jill, Jenny, and Jeff move into a new house they all think they have the biggest and best room. In order to find out who really has the biggest room, they use geometry and measuring to find the area of each room. This story does a great job of making a somewhat challenging concept into something fun, easy to understand, and relatable. This book would be best suited for grades kindergarten through third. A great follow up lesson would be to have the students measure the area of two ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-kids
Not only teaches the math principle of area (they use sheets of paper to cover windows and floors to see which are bigger), but also shows siblings fighting and learning to get along better.
Brittany N
Apr 14, 2012 Brittany N rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
This book is great for a lesson on area. The family is moving and they have to find area to see whose room is bigger. Jill shows another lesson that bigger isn't always better
Azriana Johnson
Apr 11, 2013 Azriana Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, math
This book teaches geometry and area. Students can compare items by their area. For an activity, students can compare small and large items in the classroom.
Monique Mcdonald
Oct 20, 2010 Monique Mcdonald added it
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great book for introducing math concepts that deal with measuring this book focuses moreso on area.
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