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What’s a fraction? A puzzled inchworm enlists the aid of 1/2-inch, 1/4-inch, and 1/4-inch worms in her quest to measure all the vegetables in their garden. New lengths bring new fractions to conquer, but the worms prove equal to every challenge, triumphantly munching their way through this delicious tale of math and measuring. Children and teachers alike will cheer this

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2003 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published March 26th 2001)
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Paiton Larson
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This book follows an inchworm who likes to measure his vegetables before he eats them. The inchworm finds out that he doesn't fit evenly on some of them. The 1/2 inchworm comes along to save the day and together they begin to measure more vegetables. However, they soon realize there are sections of vegetables left over that the 1/2 inchworm is too small to measure. That's when the 1/3 inchworm enters the group. The three of them begin measuring vegetables, finding 2 1/3 inch veggies along the ...more
Debra
Sep 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was liking this spunky little inch worm and friend half-inch worm, but when 1/3 inch stepped in I started hyperventilating. Who measures 1/3 inch? My ruler is based on 1/16,1/8, 1/4, and 1/2. The whole thing is now fractions and not about measuring. Don't get me started on why in the world the US did not convert to metric in the 70's. Life would be so much easier. But I digress. I did not find this very useful, unless you start cutting vegetables into equal pieces. Have fun with that. I will ...more
Jordan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is about the concept of measuring - so of course the main character is an inchworm. I think this story would be a bit confusing for younger students who don't yet understand the concept of measuring, but I do think it would be fun to use when reviewing or finishing up the unit with older students. Though the illustrations are not mathematically accurate, they are clear, and drawn to scale. I liked how the baby inchworm was used to compare 1in to .5in. I think that is a good comparison ...more
Marisa
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational-4
"Inchworm and a Half" is a great book for students. This book goes into detail about fractions. The character illustrated is an inchworm who likes to measure his vegetables before eating them. By doing this he discovers that he doesn't always fit evenly on them and describes the fraction used.
Jennifer
This could be a fun book to read to elementary school kids learning fractions, but it's way too much for my story times here at the library.
Jamie Bye
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Inchworm and a Half is a great book to introduce students to fractions! It follows an inchworm who likes to measure his vegetables before he eats them. He soon discovers that he doesn't fit evenly on some of them. The 1/2 inchworm comes along to save the day and together they begin to measure more vegetables. However, they soon realize there are sections of vegetables left over that the 1/2 inchworm is too small to measure. That's when the 1/3 inchworm enters the group. The three of them begin ...more
Dolly
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining story about measurement and helps to show what fractions of an inch are and what they can do. The rhyming, lyrical narrative and the beautiful woodcut illustrations complement each other nicely and I love that children will learn a little about measuring by listening to or reading this story. We've enjoyed reading the math-based books by Elinor J. Pinczes and really enjoyed reading this book together. We will certainly look for more of her books at our local library.
Sharon
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
A perplexed inchworm enlists the aid of 1/2 inch, 1/3 inch and 1/4 inch worms in her journey to measure all the vegetables in the garden. This book is ideal to allow students to make inferences as new lengths throughout the story bring new fractions to conquer but the clever worm rises up to each challenge in this cute tale of math and of measuring. This is a great introductory book to use prior to allowing students to perhaps go on a quest of their own throughout the classroom to similarly ...more
Tahya Bruce
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very good informational teaching book about mathematics. I would definitely recommend this book for kids who are just starting to learn about fractions. I would recommend this for a parents or even a teacher. A teacher could read this book to her kids before starting a lesson on fractions. This little book would definitely help kids and the illustrations in the book I believe are very interesting and quite good. It will help the kids picture fractions better and have fun while doing ...more
Cheryl
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: El Paso Public Library
Cute concept and simple, colorful illustrations. Some of the rhymes were fun to say "Squirmy, wormy, hoopity-hoop! I measure everything, loopity loop;"

Could be useful as part of an introduction to the idea of fractions.
Japonika Finch
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, measurement
I would use this book when working with measurements. This book is about the unit of measurement known as the inch. This book relates to every day life and is a unique way to learn about measurement.
Mallory White
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
fantastic visual book to introduce what can be a hard concept to some. Great for introducing measurement or a reinforcer of measurement for your struggling readers. It talks about measuring vegetables and introduces fractions. Students will learn about a half inch (1/2) and a quarter inch (1/4).
Judy
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Often we teach the concept of fractions using foods such as pizza or groups of food items such as cupcakes or cookies. This book dealt with fractions of an inch- used in measurement. Not really clearly explained but a good introduction.
Jasmine
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-shelf
This is a great book that incoporates measurement and fractions into the story. I would use this book in my class before starting the measurement unit or getting half way through the unit. I would also pull hands on activities out of this book page by page.
Jane
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would use this book to teach students about fraction and measurement. This book includes many rhymes along with the math story. I think this book can be a helpful source to integrate math and literature. I would let children to measure vegetables along with reading.
Sarah
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-math-science
Math: measuring and fractions
Erica Zgorzynski
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was really cute. I used it to incorporate literacy into math in my classroom. We made fraction books.
Haley Sterritt
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, math
Love this book for teaching measurement and fractions. It provides visuals and can help with students who struggle with this concept.
Summer Price
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great for reviewing fractions in a 'read-aloud' setting
Jacqueline
Great book to introduce the concept of fractions
Teri
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: math
Definitely, not great--but the idea of 1/3 fraction taking three times the "steps" the one-inch worm for example takes really becomes concrete.
Nicole
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ece-3601, math, bugs
A very cute book about the journey one inch worm took to understand how to measure things with fractions. Great for use with measurement and fractions.

Ages 4-8.
Terri
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-lit
I got this many moons ago at the old Houghton Mifflin book sale. It's a great way to introduce a young kid to fractions.
Sandra
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a great read before teaching fractions. It is a great way to introduce fractions.
Linda Costello
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: math
measurement and fractions! Love it!!! Great for use with model of fractions using inches... measurement model of fractions.
Sarah
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math
This book is great for
-3rd grade: when introducing measurement
-Great for emphasizing half inch and quarter inch
Auttumn C
Nice math book on begginers measuring!
Theresa
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
a math curricular add in talking about messurement and fractions
Heidi-Marie
Um. This seemed part story, but part math book. And I was just expecting a story. Not what I'm looking for in my storytime, and too long for the group I had in mind. I'm sure it has its audience.
Timothy Cockburn
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, ece-3601
learning measurement in different incriments.
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