In this podcast, Kelsey Rdzanek introduces listeners to the book Counting on Frank, written and illustrated by Rod Clement.
I selected Counting on Frank because it was very creative and included amazing facts that I thought kids would be interested in. For example, how many blue whales would fit into a house and how long a line a pen could draw until it ran out of ink. This book can be used for teaching about measurement and ratios, as well as topics like addition or subtraction.
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Look at this sample performance assessment where students read Counting on Frank and then wrote a letter to the author commenting on at least one example of the mathematical claims made.
Try this NCTM lesson on volume that is based on the book.
Here is a series of lessons on estimation that are based on the book.
Here is a short video introduction to Counting on Frank. It also includes a handout on estimation.
In this podcast, Megan Ney introduces listeners to the book How Big is a Foot?, written and illustrated by Rolf Myller.
How big is a foot? This is a good question, and an important one. When a King wants to have a bed built for his Queen, he proceeds to walk around her and gives the measurements in feet. However, when the apprentice uses foot measurements to build the bed, things don’t turn out as everyone would have hoped. Thrown into jail for making a bed that is too small, the apprentice must solve the puzzling question of why his bed didn’t measure up.
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
Twelve Snails to One Lizard: A Tale of Mischief and Measurement by Susan Hightower
Try this lesson using the book that includes a reader’s theater script.
NCTM also has a measurement lesson based on the book.
Follow this outline for a computer (Excel) graphing lesson based on the book.
Here’s a great chapter of information on nonstandard measurement.
In this podcast, Cory Widdowson introduces listeners to the book Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure, written by Nancy Kelly Allen and illustrated by Adam Doyle.
Follow Farmer Truman Worth, a young boy and their animal friends Lewis and Cluck, and Grover Clevelamb in an exciting story about a tree that actually grows money! Truman and the boy use different organic fertilizers on the tree, each of which cause the tree to grow different kinds of money. If only they could find out which fertilizer grew the most money€¦
The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Try this economics lesson that is based on the book.
The author has some class activities for the book on her web site.
Try a word search puzzle based on the book.
Here is an activity guide for use with The Coin Counting Book.
In this podcast, Kristin Coffee introduces listeners to the book Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday incorporates math facts into a traditional children's book format. Judith Viorst writes in the voice of Alexander, a boy who, after receiving a dollar from his grandparents, tries to save up for a set of walkie talkies but ends up spending his dollar over the course of several days. By the end of the week, Alexander is left with only bus tokens, but readers have been provided with many opportunities to practice their math skills through reading about his adventures.
The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Story of Money, written by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Giulio Maestro
You can visit the official site for the Berenstain Bears.
You can read an interview with the Judith Viorst.
Visit this site for kids about the history of money.
Try this economics lesson that is based on the book.
Try this problem-solving lesson based on the book.
Try this lesson on opportunity cost based on the book.
Young Investor has a web site for kids on saving money.
In this podcast, Jamie Malone introduces listeners to the book A Second is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time, written by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Kady Macdonald Denton.
A Second is a Hiccup explains the differences between units of time, such as a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, and year. By using day to day activities, which are common and easy for students to understand, Hutchins does a wonderful job of introducing and teaching students about different units of time.
It’s About Time! by Stuart Murphy
Just a Minute by Bonny Becker
Experiment with elapsed time at this interactive web site.
Visit this site where kids can practice telling time.
Check out this thematic book list on telling time.
In this podcast, Farah Salman introduces listeners to the book Chimp Math: Learning About Time from a Baby Chimpanzee by Anna Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel.
Chimp Math is full of adorable photos of Jiggs a baby Chimpanzee who grows under human care first in a Kansas Zoo and then in the Denver Zoo, Colorado. The authors give details of the chimp's growth through timelines, daily charts, graphs and calendars. The book can be integrated in Math (Time), Reading and Science lessons for 2nd through 5th grades.
A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins
Learn more about the author.
Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees site has several good educational resources.
The San Diego Zoo has information on chimpanzees.
In this podcast, Laura Bradlee introduces listeners to the book All in a Day by Mitsumasa Anno.
Mitsumasa Anno and eight other amazing artists have created an exceptional picture book all about measuring time and the different time zones in All In A Day. The book is comprised of unique illustrations depicting the activities of children in various parts of the world in one 24-hour day and encourages readers to accept and embrace cultural differences. Most any age audience would enjoy this book; however, if it were being used to help students understand the more complex concepts about measuring time, I would use it in a 3rd to 5th grade classroom. There are many activities that could be done to enhance the educational value of this book. Since the book only gives the time in digital format (standard and military), one way to help students would be to have them use models or diagrams of real clocks to represent the time in each country as the book is being read. Students could also practice elapsed time by giving and/or depicting the time on a clock in one country if it is a certain time in another (use examples other than what the book gives). Students could also come up with other activities that children might be doing in the eight different countries based on whatever time it is when the book is being read. This book is a great way to integrate science into math and teach across the curriculum on a very interesting subject. Subsequently, depending on the depth desired, students could investigate different time zones, how the Earth's orbit plays a factor in night & day and the seasons, and then give oral presentation of their findings to the class.
Additional Books by Mitsumasa Anno
Anno's Counting Book
Anno's Magic Seeds
Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar
Learn more about the author in this interview.
This sample from the The Big Book of Picture-Book Authors & Illustrators features Mitsumasa Anno.
In this podcast, Jamie Malone introduces listeners to the book The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang.
Greg Tang is an extremely creative author of interesting books for young math students. In his New York Times bestselling book, The Grapes of Math, he uses unique riddles and methods for students to solve math problems. He encourages students to approach math problems in different ways, rather than placing an emphasis on simple memorization skills. Tang is a brilliant author, and this book does a wonderful job of helping students to group numbers and solve word problems.
Mathterpieces by Greg Tang
Learn more about the author and see some sample pages from his books.
Try this pattern search lesson plan using examples from the book.
Read this interview with the author.
In this podcast, Laura Bradlee introduces listeners to the book One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi.
The book I chose, One Grain of Rice, is another example of children's literature that exposes students to another culture. This classic mathematical folktale allows children a glimpse into another era of time through incredible illustrations that are full of exquisite detail and beauty that portray life in ancient India. This book would be an excellent way to begin a lesson about the concept of doubling and exploring large numbers. I hope that this book, along with my other book choices, will encourage children to become interested in different countries and cultures, opening their eyes to the great big wondrous world that we live in.
How Much Is A Million? by David Schwartz
If You Made A Million by David Schwartz
Try this activity sheet for use with the book.
Here is an economics lesson on scarcity for use with this book.
Try this lesson on finding patterns using this book.
Cynthia Lanius's Million Dollar Mission lesson plan would directly complement this book in an advanced fourth or fifth grade classroom that has had a lot of experience with manipulating numbers.
In this podcast, Kelsey Rdzanek introduces listeners to the book Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson.
The short book Pizza Counting is a great book for students in grades 1-4. It works well for teaching addition and multiplication, and even introduces fractions near the end of the book.
Subtraction Action by Loreen Leedy
Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour
Make some pizza mats to use while reading the book.
Check out the Reading Rainbow guide for Little Nino’s Pizzeria.
Share these interesting pizza facts with your kids.