Pigs on the Ball: Fun With Math and Sports
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Pigs on the Ball: Fun With Math and Sports

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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
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 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Samantha Hagler
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
-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 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
For me, this book was okay. It is good for introducing vocabulary related to the topic. Also, it addresses different math concepts.
Amanda Stacy
Great for teaching shapes around k-2. For science you could use it to teach about momentum and slopes
Timothy Cockburn
gemoetry lesson can be taught with this book.
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