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Pigs on the Ball: Fun With Math and Sports

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
It's Mr. Pig's birthday, so Mrs. Pig and the piglets take him for a round of miniature golf. And they give him his present -- a new lucky golf shirt. But the new shirt isn't lucky enough. It seems like Mr. Pig can't make a single hole in one, while Mrs. Pig sinks every putt. Can studying the geometry of the golf course give Mr. Pig a better chance? With a free pizza prize ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Aladdin (first published 1998)
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Randi Erickson
Jun 22, 2012 Randi Erickson rated it it was ok
Shelves: math
I think this book will be really good for an introduction to shapes, angles, right angles, parallel lines, and straight lines.
Apr 18, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
From the start, the author has included why she has written this book, which many students will understand. She wrote it because she realized that geometry wasn't only in math but around the world. She decided to write a book to showcase the different shapes we know within our lives that coexist with geometry.

The story begins with a family of pigs who go to play golf because it is the father's favorite thing to do. The cover covers the rules of golf with a layout of the course and the rules wri
Samantha Hagler
Apr 10, 2013 Samantha Hagler rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
This book discusses young pigs that take their Dad out to play Putt-Putt for his birthday. This book would be appropriate for 4th and 5th grade and can be used with a geometry lesson. The book shows right angles, curves, and parallel lines during the different course of the Putt-Putt game. The students can see how math can be found in the real world and seen all around them. At the end of the book it would be fun to have the students add up each person's points to see who won the game.
Inna Nako
Mar 19, 2012 Inna Nako rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math, rhyming
-colorful book that teaches geometery in a fun way
-family goes out miniature golfing for Mr. Pig's birthday, but Mr. Pig can's seem to be his best (he usually is the best), but Mrs. Pig makes all the holes in one try since she looks at the geometry of the fields
-lot of vocabulary words such as straight line, edge, angle, equal sides, parallel.. etc.
-i like how there are questions at the end of the story for students to answer to check their understanding of the geometry concepts
Apr 13, 2013 Karina rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
"Pigs on the Ball" is a great book to use for teaching geometric concepts like lines, shapes, and even angles. The story is about a family of pigs that go on a golfing adventure for dad's birthday. They get to have fun outdoors all while using real mathematical concepts! I think this book would be great for upper elementary students, especially since it applies math to a relatable example.
Joyce Munzwandi
Apr 18, 2012 Joyce Munzwandi added it
Shelves: math
This wis a good book to teach geometry instruction and to make students aware of the many ways in which shapes are represented in their surroundings. Students can make real life connections with geometric shapes and fun activities. Students can also make or create their own art using various shapes, they can also list properties of different shapes.
Rebecca Martin
Nov 24, 2012 Rebecca Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, sports
This is a cute book. I would have the students use tally marks to record the pig's scores. At the end of the book they could calculate their tallies and find out who won the game. I would remind them that the lowest score wins in golf. I would also have them think of everyday objects that have the same geometric shapes as the golf greens in the story.
Jul 03, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
This book would be great to use with K-5th graders when introducing or teaching basic facts about geometric shapes. You can also incorporate counting by adding up and counting the different holes on the green the pigs putted the ball into!
Jul 13, 2012 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: math
This was a good book for children learning their shapes. There was also a good underlying message about sportsmanship. The illustrations were a little too busy and cartoon like for me, but otherwise it was an entertaining read.
For me, this book was okay. It is good for introducing vocabulary related to the topic. Also, it addresses different math concepts.
Amanda Stacy
Apr 22, 2012 Amanda Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, math, science
Great for teaching shapes around k-2. For science you could use it to teach about momentum and slopes
Jul 09, 2012 Attwa rated it really liked it
This book could be helpful in mathematics to help students visualize different geometric shapes in real life settings. I'd recommend this reading for preK-3rd grades.
Apr 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: imagination, math
This would be a cool compliment to geometry instruction. I recommend this for 1st-4th grades. The book creates real life connections with geometric shapes and fun activities.
Maya rated it liked it
Jan 01, 2010
Timothy Cockburn
Apr 21, 2012 Timothy Cockburn rated it liked it
Shelves: math, ece-3601
gemoetry lesson can be taught with this book.
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This book didn't explain any math concepts.
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Jul 24, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Shelves: pig, math
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Amy Axelrod is the author of many picture books, including The Pigs Will Be Pigs Math Series (Simon & Schuster).
Her debut novel, Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro (Holiday House 2011) was based on her childhood growing up in the 60's.
"Funny, lively, sensitive- a real winner! (Kirkus)
Amy's latest novel was co-authored with her son, David, who works in publishing.
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