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# Betcha! (MathStart: Level 3)

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What do cars, toys, people, and jelly beans have in common? They can all be estimated. Two friends try out their estimating skills and find out that estimating can have real rewards--especially when there's a contest to enter!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Turtleback Books (first published September 1st 1997)

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I would use this book for an estimation lesson. I would read this story to the class and as we go along in the story, I would ask the class to describe what is going on in each picture. I would ask question such as, "What would you do to estimate how many people are on a bus?" or "How would you estimate the number of cars in a traffic jam?" After reading the story, we would then discuss real life situations that would require estimation. These examples could include how much spaghetti we would n...more
Betcha! is a good story for children who are working on their estimating skills. Two friends are on their way to the store to guess how many jellybeans are in a jar. On their way there they find themselves guessing how many people there are on the bus, how many cars on the street etc. This story can lead to a great discussion with your children on the different techniques one can use to estimate. As an extension/activity, the children can take a trip around their school and make estimations like...more
This is a wonderful book to read to first graders on the concept of estimating. I can use this book in the classroom to lead my students in an estimating lesson. I would give my students various items such as buttons, counting chips, m&m's, etc., to estimate and record their estimation on a recording sheet. It is an engaging book. You can prep the book and allow the students to estimate the item within the book.
Betcha is a good story to use to teach children about estimation. A teaher could incorporate the lessons in this story during a class activity that gives students practice using estimation. A teacher could provide different groups with scenarios in which they must use estimation to solve a problem or guess the amount of a given item in a container.
Are you a good guesser? In "Betcha!"you'll get to see how one can go about to being an excellent guesser.

"Betcha!" can teach older children about estimates. The Story is centered around the banter of two friends.

S.D. Schindler's illustrations aid in the problem solving many have trouble with.

"Betcha!" is written by Stuart J. Murphy
This would be a great lesson on estimating and playing with numbers. The book could be read as a whole group read-aloud then the children could set off on a scavenger hunt of sorts to recreate the different kinds of guessing that are presented in the book. I think this would be great for grade 2 and maybe early on in the year to build rapport and group dynamics.
This book explores with students about estimating. Two friends explore about and start incorporating estimation into everyday life after they enter a contest. I think this book would be great to use in a read aloud before a math lesson to warm the students up to understanding tat you can use estimation in real world applications.
A fantastic book on teaching estimating. We read this book and then estimate the amount of jelly beans in a container. The winner who estimates the closest to the actual amount gets to win the container of jelly beans!
Im not too fond of this book. While it does a great job showing how to find area, it's SUCH a bland story! There are a lot of great ideas for math lessons though, such as going out and estimating areas without counting. You can do this in the courtyard with anything.
Great children's book on the basics of estimating. It has a fun story that young children can enjoy with tricks about estimating that older children can learn from.
This is a great book for children who know how to estimate and for those who are just learning. My students didn't quite grasp the concept of estimating when i taught it last year which makes me think that i need to change my approach to it. Although in kindergarten they don't have to estimate to the nearest ten, they do have to be able to say if a number is closer to the five benchmark or the ten benchmark. This book does a great job at making connections to money and purchasing things at a sto...more
It is a really good book to use for estimating and counting money. Use it in 3rd grade.
This book is a GREAT way of showing estimation skills and real life application of estimation. I am definitely going to use this in my classroom as a center for my students. I'd like to have different estimation skills and applications in the center. My students would estimate different amounts and then check their work using either a calculator or a partner. This would be a center that I would keep long-term so that my students would become more skilled at estimation as time passes. My students...more
Feb 04, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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This is a fun story that teaches children how to estimate. Two boys are on their way to the local toy store to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. On the way they practice their estimation skills. The story is interesting and the narrative is simple enough for elementary school-age children. the illustrations are colorful and complement the story nicely. We enjoyed reading this story together.
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Within a math station, have an estimation bin. Have students guess various items in jars of different shapes and sizes. This would be a good book to have in this bin so students can explore (jars) and engage/elaborate (book).
This book enhances students' estimating skills and helps those who are just learning about estimation. Throughout the book the two friends estimate different objects, which I liked. The pictures are also very nice!
This is a fun book about two boys estimating all sorts of things around them. I have seen my teacher use this as a read-aloud for a math lesson. It talks about different strategies one can use to make a good estimate. I would recommend this for any elementary grade level that introduces estimation.
Two friends put their estimation skills to the test. On the way to guess jelly beans to win tickets to a game they practice their skills on several things. A good book about estimation with great dialogue of how they do it.
This story is great aid in teaching estimation. It has great examples of real life scenarios and how it can help you figure things out in a short amount of time.
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