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# Can You Count to a Googol? (Wells of Knowledge Science)

You may be able to count to all the way to 100, but have you ever counted to a googol? It's impossible! In this fun book of numbers, Robert E. Wells explores the wonderful world of zeros and tells how the googol came to be named.While you learn about place values and the names of big numbers, try to imagine what those numbers can do. How long would it take to toast 100,000
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Hardcover, 32 pages

Published
March 1st 2000
by Turtleback Books
(first published January 1st 2000)

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Oct 22, 2012
Tatiana
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I will always remember this book for being at the center of my first independent math lesson. For fifth-grade, my topic was multiplying with powers of ten using exponents, and

What I could not have anticipated while writing the lesson plan was that the students I received this morning were completely unfamiliar with powers of ten (and I later learned that they were the lowest level group), but between all the strategies ...more

*Can You Count to a Googol?*really helped introduce all of that math content.What I could not have anticipated while writing the lesson plan was that the students I received this morning were completely unfamiliar with powers of ten (and I later learned that they were the lowest level group), but between all the strategies ...more

Nov 17, 2008
Barbara
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Recommends it for:
home educators and other teachers.

Shelves:
children-s-nonfiction,
picture-books

Beginning with 1 "the number of bananas you can balance on

your nose, if you're a good banana balancer," the author keeps adding and illustrating the effect of adding zeros with his zany illustrations until he passes the googol, a real number named by the nine-year-old nephew of the first mathematician to write it down (as far as we know) in the 1930's

-- a Dr. Edward Kasner. One of the most important points the author of this book makes is that although a googol exists, it is much bigger than an ...more

your nose, if you're a good banana balancer," the author keeps adding and illustrating the effect of adding zeros with his zany illustrations until he passes the googol, a real number named by the nine-year-old nephew of the first mathematician to write it down (as far as we know) in the 1930's

-- a Dr. Edward Kasner. One of the most important points the author of this book makes is that although a googol exists, it is much bigger than an ...more

May 16, 2013
Dolly
rated it
4 of 5 stars
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Recommends it for:
parents reading with their children

This is an entertaining book that teaches children about large numbers. We just read On Beyond a Million: An Amazing Math Journey, so it was good to compare the different ways in which the numbers are described.

This book does not go into exponents as much, but it does explain the system by which the largest numbers were named. It also answers questions about what is considered a 'real' number (such as quadrillion versus gazillion).

The narrative is informative and engaging and the illustrations ...more

This book does not go into exponents as much, but it does explain the system by which the largest numbers were named. It also answers questions about what is considered a 'real' number (such as quadrillion versus gazillion).

The narrative is informative and engaging and the illustrations ...more

Our class read this as a review of place value and as a segue for introducing exponents/powers of ten. The kids definitely came away with an idea of exponential growth. The illustrations were very appropriate in helping them see what happens when you multiply by ten. It specifically pointed out that each time you add a ze ...more

Mar 29, 2013
Penny
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children,
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My kids (9 and 5) are fascinated by the numbers in this book and the whole idea of googol, they want me to read this book over and over.

DD took it to school to share because she just wants everyone else to know about googol.

I think it will make a great teacher resource.

DD took it to school to share because she just wants everyone else to know about googol.

I think it will make a great teacher resource.

Apr 06, 2012
Charity Ambs
rated it
4 of 5 stars
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Shelves:
j-non-fiction,
grade-two

I really like this book because it presents a mathematical concept in a very interesting way. Would recommend.

Recommended to Sarah by:
My daughter.

Shelves:
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About Robert Wells

Robert E. Wells is the author and illustrator of many intriguing and award-winning science books for children. He lives with his wife in Wenatchee, Washington.

Welcome Robert E. Wells’s books into your classroom, and you’ll find most of

your science curriculum covered. The twelve volumes – engaging and informative,

educational and inviting – provide second through fifth graders with ...more

More about Robert E. Wells...
Robert E. Wells is the author and illustrator of many intriguing and award-winning science books for children. He lives with his wife in Wenatchee, Washington.

Welcome Robert E. Wells’s books into your classroom, and you’ll find most of

your science curriculum covered. The twelve volumes – engaging and informative,

educational and inviting – provide second through fifth graders with ...more

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