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Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart Level 2)

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Captain Invincible and his intrepid space-dog, Comet, are on a perilous journey back to Earth!

Throughout their mission, the fearless captain and his canine sidekick encounter asteroids, poisonous gas, and alien beings. But will their knowledge of three-dimensional shapes, including cubes, cones, and pyramids, help our heroes navigate past these obstacles -- and make it saf
Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 21st 2001 by HarperCollins
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Taylor Meyer
Summary: This book is about Captain Invincible and his space dog – Comet who have a big imagination and are on their way back to earth. Throughout their mission, they come across different 3D and 2D space shapes to help them with their journey and along the way encounter asteroids, poisonous gas, and aliens.

Mentor Writing trait: This book does a great job of sentence fluency. The way the words flow throughout the story and the transitions are right on point too.
Another writing trait is the pre
Courtney Stevens
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book for teaching 3D shapes!
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart Murphy is a great science fiction/fantasy book for children. This is a story about Sam, also known as Captain Invincible, and his space dog Comet navigating through the universe. I enjoyed the text and illustrations, but most of all I liked how three-dimensional shapes were included in this story. Shapes such as a cube, pyramid, cylinder, cone, sphere, and rectangular prism are included, where they must push the correct shape in order to land saf ...more
Carina Windom
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: math-reads
This book was really cute and could be a great interdiction to first grade geometry. I would recommend using this one after the basic shapes have already been introduced, however, because some of the shapes are a little advanced. It his could be tied into a lesson because the main character is actually using shapes in his home to create the tools that captain invincible uses on his voyage. A good station idea would be to have students create tools or items for their own space stations or space j ...more
Rebecca Martin
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
This is a good book to read aloud when the students are learning shapes. As I read it I would have the students point and name the various shapes in the book. Then I would have them explore 3D shape blocks and write down or discuss the similarities and differences they see. Another activity would be to have them make their own space ship using the 3D shapes. I would assess their understanding of the shapes by telling them to make a space ship with 5 cubes, 3 triangles, etc. I would look to see i ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes" is an exciting story that can be used to teach about geometric shapes. The story is about a young boy and his dog using their great imagination to travel far into outer space and save the world from dangerous aliens. The boy and his dog use the super powers of 3D shapes to conquer the villains and make their way back home. I used this book for one of my math lessons and did an activity with students where they got to use toothpicks and marshmallows to cr ...more
Sophia Martin
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 50-books, math, shapes
Awesome book! This book is in the format of a comic. Captain Invincible and his dog Comet are in space trying to get home when a meteor shower arrives. The space saver will help them. but do you know your shapes! They have to press the correct one in order to safely get home. This book goes through and introduces shapes (particularly 3D ones). It also includes great illustrations. I would use this book when introducing 3D shapes. I could also make this into an interactive game and make a prop wh ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math
Captain Invincible and his dog Comet must get back to earth by using the space shapes to get through all the many obstacles. I liked that most of the book is illustrated like a comic book to appeal to students. Students will also enjoy the adventure of traveling through space.
This story can be used to teach the three-dimensional space shapes. It can be used in kindergarten, first, or second grade.
Alexis Levine
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes is a super cute book for children 7+. It's a fun book about the characters trying to get out of space and land back in Sams bedroom. However, in order for them to get back they must push the right shapes such as, the cube, pyramid, cylinder, cone, sphere or rectangular prism so they land safely. I would just read this book for pleasure to my class during science either when they are learning about space or different measurements and shapes for math.
Linh Tong
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This would be a good introduction to teaching 3-D shapes. After we read the book, I would bring in different objects and put them in a bag. I would give them hints about the objects in the bag. They will then guess the objects in the bag and tell me the shape that it shows. For example, I would bring in a tennis ball and say that "this object has no face." I can describe the objects using vocabulary words such as angles, faces, colors, and sizes. Students can also help me describe the objects.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is really engaging for an introductory lesson on geometry. The space explorer theme is a great way to get the kids engaged in the story while introducing some 3D shapes. I think this would work well as a repeated mini-lesson. The teacher could read this through as a read-aloud on the first day of the lesson while spending more time on the reading the second day trying to get the students to remember the shape names as they read through.
Isabel Hernandez
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math-class
Captain invincible and the space shapes was a great book. My kindergarten students have a really hard time grasping the concept of three dimensional shapes. This book does an incredible job at not only introducing the shapes, but at comparing them to real world objects while engaging the students. I see this book as a great lesson opener into three dimensional shapes. I will definitively be using this book in my classroom.
Armanda Campbell
Mar 27, 2013 added it
Shelves: math
This is a great book to use when teaching about three dimensional shapes, such as cube, pyramid, cylinder, cone, sphere, and rectangular prism . The author does a great job of identifying characteristics of the shapes to better help the children identify them. Being able to recognize and identify three dimensional shapes is a common core standard and is sometimes difficult for the children to understand.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-310
This book is great for any shapes lesson with young math learners. It mentions 2-D and 3-D shapes in it with great visuals to go with it. I think it would do a great job of maintaining students attention because of the fact that it is about a fun space right; it talk about the space journey with shapes in a way that really engages the readers I think.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is cute and could definitely be used in a classroom during a lesson on 3D shapes. The premise of the story could really get kids engaged and thinking about shapes in a way that is fun. One great thing about this book is that it has tips for adults on the back cover to suggest ways to use the book in a classroom. I think this book could be successful with students 7 and older.
Lauren Owens
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, shapes, solar-system
This is a fun book that also helps with solar system terminology as well as shape names. As he flies through outer space the students can locate the shapes they see on the pages before the teacher reads the names. Also, the students can create their own books that are about shapes in a creative way like this book.
Recommended grade level: P-2
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abc-123, space
My son loves space and dogs. This adventure through space uses all kinds of shapes to get them through "the galaxy". Nice interactive book allows for a child to learn shapes in a fun way. Very nicely done and good illustrations. My 3 yr old son loves this book.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, shapes
This is a great book that is set up in a comic book style. It really focuses in on 3-d shapes and their attributes. This book is a very fun book to use after introducing 3-d shapes, because it goes kind of fast. Perfect for ages 6 and up...
What a great way to learn about three dimensional's out of this world.
Our friend and his dog will take our young readers on an imaginary ride to outer space.
They will shoot geometric rockets. The illustrations are well in line with the text. A must have in classroom library.
Gina Starling
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece3601, math
Grades 1-4 This book introduces 3-D geometric shapes (spheres, cylinders, etc) and launches you into finding similar shapes around the house. Great way to start students on simple geometry,
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wish I'd had this book to use with our "super hero" story time.
Comic book style action introduces 3-D shapes in a space adventure. My son requested it multiple times.
Comic style book with 3 dimensional shapes. I would read to my class for intro to 3 dimensional shapes. Also good for a lesson where students can draw a small comic strip of a math concept.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review
a math curriculm add on that talks about shapes and their realtions
Kathryn Troeschel
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Fun kindergarten/first grade read that reviews 3-d shapes
Alison Tripp
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: math
Super cute intro into geometry. This story has a plot and the math is intertwined in a fun manner.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun book about shapes.
Haley Sterritt
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ece-3601, math
This book is good for moving from teaching 2D shapes to 3D shapes. Covers cubes, cylinders, and cones.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Helps kids understand and relate 3D shapes to things they know.
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