In some grade levels, the 100th day of school is a big deal and there are projects or activities that go along with it. This book could introduce a 10In some grade levels, the 100th day of school is a big deal and there are projects or activities that go along with it. This book could introduce a 100th day of school activity and help the students visualize the size/amount of 100 objects. Students could count all the items as we read the book and also add the items up as we go. I plan to use this book in the future and while reading, I would frequently ask how far away/how many more items will the character need to collect to get to 100? The character in the book also collects coins. This could be a great opener for counting coins. The book focuses on how many number of coins she has collected, but you could take this a step further and have students add the values of the coins together. ...more

There are many concepts that can be introduced through the reading of this book: sorting, patterns, predictions, time, and friendship. I really likedThere are many concepts that can be introduced through the reading of this book: sorting, patterns, predictions, time, and friendship. I really liked the activities provided that go along with the book. ...more

This book could be used for grades 1-3 and could be used to teach coin recognition and value. I loved the pictures in this book-the coins were reallyThis book could be used for grades 1-3 and could be used to teach coin recognition and value. I loved the pictures in this book-the coins were really big and easy to see if you were to read this aloud and show the the whole class. The book is about coins and counting them, and it rhymes! I never would have thought I would have found a rhyming coin counting book! As I read this, I thought about using this book in my 1st grade placement. Some of the pages could even be photocopied for use as models or worksheets! I could even use this during centers: having students work out a few pages themselves. ...more

This book focuses on doubling numbers/ adding a number to itself in a fun way. There are games available in the back of the book that would give you aThis book focuses on doubling numbers/ adding a number to itself in a fun way. There are games available in the back of the book that would give you an idea of how to play double games. Once the number of ducks are doubled, the boy must double the number of hay and food needed. This story could be a nice introduction to fraction concepts as well. Students could understand that for every 5 ducks, one boy is needed to take care of them. So what if there were 10 ducks/the ducks were doubled? 5 ducks need 4 stacks of hay. How much would 10 ducks need? Students could express this in fraction form....more

The math concept focuses on matching sets and one-to-one correspondence. While reading aloud, I would ask my students: How many things does each frienThe math concept focuses on matching sets and one-to-one correspondence. While reading aloud, I would ask my students: How many things does each friend need? What are the things each friend needs? How many friends come to eat the soup? So, how many sets of things will turtle have to find? At first, I really did not like how the object in each set differed. For example: Turtle could not find a cup for his friend, so he used a seashell instead. I thought that this might be confusing, but then I thought that it might lead to a deeper understanding of one-to-one correspondence. If the student can understand that each object, even though they may differ slightly, still belongs the the set. ...more

This is a really cute book that focuses on subtraction. I never thought of a game of musical chairs to be considered math! I would love to read this bThis is a really cute book that focuses on subtraction. I never thought of a game of musical chairs to be considered math! I would love to read this book aloud, then have the students play a game of musical chairs while counting the number of people and number of chairs each time the music stops. How many people and chairs will be left the next time the music stops? I love books by Murphy because they have so many game ideas in the back. This book features games for adults and kids to do together as well as activities that extend the concept presented in this book....more

Jack builds things by adding blocks. I really enjoyed Jack's imagination! I think this would be a great addition activity starter. Students could builJack builds things by adding blocks. I really enjoyed Jack's imagination! I think this would be a great addition activity starter. Students could build their own things, which would require them to count the blocks and add them as well as using their imagination. It could also be used for a writing prompt as well: students could write what it is they build and tell how many blocks they added to make it....more

This book could lead to so many different discussion topics! Sharing and fairness is very important for young children to understand and practice. I wThis book could lead to so many different discussion topics! Sharing and fairness is very important for young children to understand and practice. I would love to do an activity with this book where students must divide/share cookies with their classmates so that everybody has the same amount. This could be used as an introduction to division using repeated subtraction as each child must divide up his/her cookies so that the amounts given to each are fair. I think this also has the potential to be used as an introduction to fractions if, while teaching a lesson, the amount of cookies available was less than the amount of students who want to share. ...more

Numbers in nature! I love the integration of math and science concepts in the book. Children are so curious about the world and this book introduces nNumbers in nature! I love the integration of math and science concepts in the book. Children are so curious about the world and this book introduces names of flowers and their parts, such as stem and seed. Most of us are familiar with sunflowers, but we never stop to think about how many disk flowers are in the middle. I loved how this book introduced counting petals and counting spirals of things, such as seashells and snail shells. The activities that could correlate with this book are endless! You could take children on a "numbers and nature" walk outside and have them investigate and count things they notice in their own backyard/playground and I would say that this could be done with children in kindergarten through third grade....more

This book is about prime numbers and factoring using numbers up to 100. I really did not enjoy the illustrations in this book because each monster hasThis book is about prime numbers and factoring using numbers up to 100. I really did not enjoy the illustrations in this book because each monster has a defining feature that relates to its number and I found a few monsters whose characteristics were not clear enough to tell the corresponding number. I think it would be a little difficult for young children to keep track of the corners of the monsters while counting. I did like how the author had visuals of factoring, using groups of dots to show multiplication. ...more