I don't recall where this book came from, but it has been in my classroom for years. Frankly, the book is okay for the audience it is designed for. ThI don't recall where this book came from, but it has been in my classroom for years. Frankly, the book is okay for the audience it is designed for. That is somewhere younger than fourth grade. For fourth grade, this book doesn't really cut it. I made it work as an introduction to a big lesson. My students tolerated it....more
Same review as my other similar copy. I never quite got the organization that separated these books.
Soon after I began teaching, the education world bSame review as my other similar copy. I never quite got the organization that separated these books.
Soon after I began teaching, the education world became aflutter with standards. At first, NCTM took ownership of mathematical standards. It sounds reasonable given mathematics teachers are the ones working with the children who are learning. Twenty years later, standards are being written by groups tied to governors. We seem to be going in the wrong direction.
There's a lot of good information here that helped craft my approach to teaching mathematics. Unfortunately, it is not presented particularly well The layout of the book is not user-friendly. For a mathematics text, one expects a more straightforward approach. At least I do.
As I have said throughout my career, one plus one still equals two. Why we continue to re-invent the wheel with reorganizing this information is lost upon me. Of course, I am merely a classroom teacher; it is not like I have anything to offer....more
Soon after I began teaching, the education world became aflutter with standards. At first, NCTM took ownership of mathematical standards. It sounds reSoon after I began teaching, the education world became aflutter with standards. At first, NCTM took ownership of mathematical standards. It sounds reasonable given mathematics teachers are the ones working with the children who are learning. Twenty years later, standards are being written by groups tied to governors. We seem to be going in the wrong direction.
There's a lot of good information here that helped craft my approach to teaching mathematics. Unfortunately, it is not presented particularly well The layout of the book is not user-friendly. For a mathematics text, one expects a more straightforward approach. At least I do.
As I have said throughout my career, one plus one still equals two. Why we continue to re-invent the wheel with reorganizing this information is lost upon me. Of course, I am merely a classroom teacher; it is not like I have anything to offer....more
Fritz picked this out from the library the other evening.
This is a cute book. I read it with Fritz this evening.
It's one of those repetitious books,Fritz picked this out from the library the other evening.
This is a cute book. I read it with Fritz this evening.
It's one of those repetitious books, somewhat in the style of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie . . .. Instead of if-then statements, this book presents "two possibilities". Fritz tried his best to pronounce that each time. What a trooper!
If the first choice, well, that was that. But if the second (and it always was), then a new scenario presented itself, which of course, would lead to two new possibilities.
Really, this was just fun!
The illustrations were fantastic!
Why tagged "mathematics"? Because this book would be a perfect book to create a concept map / stem-leaf chart....more
A cute counting book. Each page shows a different animal and a different number (7 seals, 8 monkeys, etc.). Along the bottom of each page is a train.A cute counting book. Each page shows a different animal and a different number (7 seals, 8 monkeys, etc.). Along the bottom of each page is a train. Each page adds on another car on the train with the previous animal added. At the end, the train is emptied as it enters the zoo....more
Not the best Eric Carle book, but one I like nonetheless. An grouchy ladybug has trouble making friends. He is a bully, but one who backs down wheneveNot the best Eric Carle book, but one I like nonetheless. An grouchy ladybug has trouble making friends. He is a bully, but one who backs down whenever another stands up for himself. After a day of this, he ends up back where he started only to find the friendly ladybug showing charity and kindness. It makes all the difference.
I read another's book review who stated he/she uses this book as an anchor book in the classroom for telling time. Each page of the book has a different time. The idea is to have students demonstrate that time on a clock. I like that idea. We have individual clocks for each student to manipulate....more
There's nothing here. Yes, it is a simple book, but nothing that is particularly interesting, as far as I am concerned. Each page statEh. Almost yuck.
There's nothing here. Yes, it is a simple book, but nothing that is particularly interesting, as far as I am concerned. Each page states what one can do with a pumpkin (measure, cut, count the seeds, etc.). Again, the photographs that accompany this do little for me....more
My colleague produced this book to read to the class. Visually it presents a correlation between fractions, decimals, and percentages. This is a skillMy colleague produced this book to read to the class. Visually it presents a correlation between fractions, decimals, and percentages. This is a skill we are beginning.
There is some merit in presenting the information like this book does at the outset rather than merely teaching the skill cold. For some students, there is a benefit in placing it all together before breaking it apart.
It was also a valuable tool in reviewing how to read fractions and decimals....more
This is another one of the books I was introduced to at a mathematics workshop in my school district. This book is what made me appreciate tangrams. **This is another one of the books I was introduced to at a mathematics workshop in my school district. This book is what made me appreciate tangrams. **** 1995 5 October 2009...more
My school district used to offer wonderful mathematics training in-house. The facilitator at the time introduced to many excellent books to use duringMy school district used to offer wonderful mathematics training in-house. The facilitator at the time introduced to many excellent books to use during instruction. This is just one of them. **** 1996 19 April 2010...more
I've been reading this book to my classes pretty much my entire career. I am not certain how I came upon it, but it is a good book to demonstrate exacI've been reading this book to my classes pretty much my entire career. I am not certain how I came upon it, but it is a good book to demonstrate exactly how large numbers are. I used to have an oversize edition of this book, but it remained in the classroom at my former school. I now check out this book from our school library each year.
It takes 23 days to count from one to one million. It takes 95 years to count from one to one billion. A fish bowl the size of a football stadium is needed to hold a billion goldfish. The illustrations are fabulous in this book.
Students really display their wonder when we examine just how large these numbers are. Just think about how big our national debt is measure out to 16 trillion. Wow!
Teaching Idea: Have students draw an array of something (stars, snowflakes, birds, whatever) Figure out a multiplication problem for that array to equal 1,000,000
40x50 array = 2,000 snowflakes 2,000 x 500 arrays = 1,000,000 hang in hallway ****
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Like all current Disney books, this is a showcase of the Disney properties to bang home the brand. Even so, this is a counting book. The princesses coLike all current Disney books, this is a showcase of the Disney properties to bang home the brand. Even so, this is a counting book. The princesses count up to 10 and then back down to 1.
These may be my favorite Eric Carle illustrations. Unfortunately, the text is a bit lacking. The book begins like many counting books. The rooster decThese may be my favorite Eric Carle illustrations. Unfortunately, the text is a bit lacking. The book begins like many counting books. The rooster decides to take a trip around the world. He recruits other animals to join him. He only gets to five of a number before the trip unravels and everyone returns home. Huh?
Raiding Beetle's bookshelf, I came across this book. I had never seen it. Cute!
It started out in a way that made me think I had read this kind of bookRaiding Beetle's bookshelf, I came across this book. I had never seen it. Cute!
It started out in a way that made me think I had read this kind of book a million times before. Fortunately, it wasn't that contrived. The little girl is so overwhelmed with what to purchase with her dollar bill, that she just refuses to spend it. Ah, the best decision. :)
Before she came to that conclusion, the calculated how much of each thing she could purchase for a dollar. Cute....more
This is included in the anthology we use in fourth grade. It is one of my favorites that we read.
The raja, supposedly well-meaning, hoards the rice inThis is included in the anthology we use in fourth grade. It is one of my favorites that we read.
The raja, supposedly well-meaning, hoards the rice in case of famine. Famine arrives and he will not release the rice as he is fearful there will not be enough rice to sustain things. A raja should always have rice.
A young girl schemes a plan. She outwits the raja and ends up with all the rice by asking merely for a single grain of rice when the raja rewards her good deed. Calling for her to increase what she asked for, the girl requests that the amount be doubled daily for a month. Ah, the fun begins as we calculate just how much rice that ends up being on day 30.
There's an old Lucy episode that worked the same premise. Working for the bank, she enacts a campaign to double a penny every day for a month. Hilarious!
I look forward to this wonderful tale yearly. The illustrations are very good.
There is a lot of overlap between these books and the other Winnie the Pooh board books that we have. Again, these are small books perfect for a childThere is a lot of overlap between these books and the other Winnie the Pooh board books that we have. Again, these are small books perfect for a child's hands.
Each book presents a different skill (counting, colors, antonyms, etc.). Each book is five pages in length. These are easy books, but appropriate for children up through age three....more
This is an invaluable resource for me. This book is filled with black line masters of dot and graph paper of every size. No matter what it is I need iThis is an invaluable resource for me. This book is filled with black line masters of dot and graph paper of every size. No matter what it is I need in that area, this book has it. I love it!...more
I received this from Mr. Bernstein at a workshop I attended. He is an excellent mathematics presenter. Highly recommended if you ever get a chance.
HeI received this from Mr. Bernstein at a workshop I attended. He is an excellent mathematics presenter. Highly recommended if you ever get a chance.
He had the right approach knowing teachers are looking for practical things that can be used in the classroom. This volume is full of such things. Lots of timed material, mathematical chains (love these!), and other seatwork-type worksheets that are a little bit different than what teachers normally use.
There are many good worksheets here for students to practice fraction skills. The only drawback is that several of the activities are for reducing fraThere are many good worksheets here for students to practice fraction skills. The only drawback is that several of the activities are for reducing fractions to the lowest common denominator, which is a skill that while presented, is not mastered at the level I teach. In the past, this was something I struggled teaching my students until I realized it was not a secure skill. D'oh!...more
Another workbook for mathematics. Good stuff here, although a couple of the pages I don't use because the language is such that my students struggle uAnother workbook for mathematics. Good stuff here, although a couple of the pages I don't use because the language is such that my students struggle understanding even with instruction....more
This book is full of physical puzzles that students create. I photocopy these onto card stock so the folds hold up.
I use most of the puzzles here. I lThis book is full of physical puzzles that students create. I photocopy these onto card stock so the folds hold up.
I use most of the puzzles here. I love them! Students like to manipulate them. It helps with logical reasoning. It's one of the activities that I enjoy completing each year....more
I used to use this more than I do now. There are some excellent problems in here. The thing is this book is a little advanced for the students I teachI used to use this more than I do now. There are some excellent problems in here. The thing is this book is a little advanced for the students I teach. These days, I need to modify the problems before presenting to the students....more
Another workbook for mathematics. There are some decent problems here, but nothing earth-shattering. I use these for seatwork at various times of theAnother workbook for mathematics. There are some decent problems here, but nothing earth-shattering. I use these for seatwork at various times of the year.
Still need to cross-reference to lesson plan database....more
Somewhere along the line I picked this up. It should fit even more nicely into my program than the other book I use. I don't use this quite as much asSomewhere along the line I picked this up. It should fit even more nicely into my program than the other book I use. I don't use this quite as much as I am not as big of a fan of the format as the other book.
There is nothing wrong with this book, I just don't think it spirals as neatly as the other book I use....more
This is a daily mathematics resource that spirals through the six major mathematical themes. Daily there are multiple problems for a skill. Every fiftThis is a daily mathematics resource that spirals through the six major mathematical themes. Daily there are multiple problems for a skill. Every fifth day, there is a quiz based on the previous four days.
I find this a wonderful resource. There are some mistakes with the text. Some problems are not as intuitive as they could be. Children catch on over time as to how to "read" some of the problems before I can troubleshoot, but a re-design would be helpful. I have also found that the shading used on shapes often does not reproduce well.
Nevertheless, I really like how this spirals throughout the curriculum. It is a clean presentation and fits neatly into the classroom setting....more
One hundred ants are heading to a picnic. They keep changing (dividing) how they are assembled. It takes so long to keep dividing themselves, theyEh.
One hundred ants are heading to a picnic. They keep changing (dividing) how they are assembled. It takes so long to keep dividing themselves, they missed the picnic....more