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It's Probably Penny

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A delightful companion to Measuring Penny

Lisa's class is learning about probability. For part of her homework, she has to think of an event that will happen, one that might happen, and one that can't happen. Who is that Boston terrier that keeps popping into Lisa's imagination? It's probably Penny!

Loreen Leedy is widely praised for her ability to make concepts fun and acce
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Stephanie Field
This story is about Lisa learning probability. She is assigned a homework assignment for the weekend where she needs to predict the outcomes of the activities she does. Through this assignment, Lisa uses her dog Penny and is able to predict a lot of what will happen because she has spent a lot of time with Penny.
I think this book, along with Loreen Leedy's other books about Penny and Lisa, is a great book to use to teach math to students. This particular book teaches on the topic of probability
Mommy says: a 6yo is too young for this cute picture book about math probability. He could understand the ideas, but found it to be boring. Try again in a few years.
Jul 09, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, 2012
We've enjoyed reading Loreen Leedy's books about Penny. The stories are fun, but educational too. We thought this lesson about probabilities was interesting and was taught in a way that children can easily understand. I'm not a huge fan of the illustrations, but the biggest issue I have with this book is the disjointed narrative. On several occasions while reading this book, I had to go back and see if somehow I missed a page. The narrative seems very choppy, with poor transitions.

Overall, Lisa
I love Loreen Leedy's books! The pictures are always great! The stories are informative, fun and educational. This book got me to think about probabilities. Math can be tough and for me but this book would be an excellent way to talk about math to 4th or 5th about probabilities. I was tired when I read this and at first I wasn't following, but it was written so well, and explained clearly that even a tired adult could understand the explanations of probabilities.

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Finally read this one too! (April 1st) More like 3.5 stars... Another of Leedy's books featuring the dog, Penny, and ties to math, science or social studies concepts. This one is obviously on probability. Not percents, but just the likelihood of events occurring. You could probably do this same homework assignment with your own class! :-) I love how Loreen Leedy stories connect to content curriculum!
Jie Gao
A very preliminary introduction to probability. It teaches the meaning of WILL, MIGHT, NEVER, PROBABLE, IMPOSSIBLE, MOST LIKELY, LEAST LIKELY.
I love Leedy's book "Measuring Penny" and it offers very real life scenarios for measuring and has many pages of activities you can have your students do. This book is the same. It teaches students about probability in a very fun and real way. The directions in the book are very clear and precise and the illustrations are great.
Wonderful teaching tool for probability! Follow these students in their weekend assignment by creating your own list of events that will: probably, may not, or could never happen. Making math fun is challenging, but not impossible and Loreen Leedy proves it with this book.
Lisa's class is learning about probability. Will, might, can't happen. Tiny chance or impossible. Equal chances and unequal chances.

6th Grade Common Core Standards:
Statistics and Probability

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Probability is a unqiue math subject to teach.Students really learn and master this concept in older grades. But why wait? This book can make for a good introduction, and the story line is an awesome activity to recreate.
Sep 11, 2011 Rita rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
This book can be used to teach the students about probability and how to make predictions. The students can also make predictions about what's going to happen next as the teacher does a read aloud.
Hahna Kohne
Follow Penny along in this story and you will learn all about probability. Probability is sometimes a difficult concept to teach, but Penny the boston terrier makes learning fun.
Haley Hamilton
I would use this book to start discussing probability. I would extend it by having students create their own probability situations.
Deals with probability. Girl doing an assignment. I would assign a similiar activity, reinact the book.
Karan Johnstone
This is a good book to introduce probability to my students.
Tiffanni Dean
This book is used when discussing grouping as well as probability
This is one of my favorite books about math. I hope Leedy writes more Penny books.
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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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