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Climb On Board

June 1, 2017

I’m sure you’ve seen the sign, “Baby on Board.” Of course, that means someone is carrying a baby.

There are many ways humans carry babies – in wraps, in slings, in carriers attached to your back or your front, in your arms …

Like humans, animals carry their babies, too. Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young is written by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Cathy Morrison, Dawn Publications.

Animals

This is a perfect show-and-tell book for children who want to learn how a variety of animals carry their young. There are two-page spreads throughout the book, and Marianne Berkes cleverly introduces each animal with two lines of rhyming text followed by a short paragraph of factual information. Cathy Morrison’s illustrations are detailed and done in vibrant colors that invite readers to reach out and touch them. The back matter consists of a match game, read aloud suggestions, and an assortment of resources for parents and teachers to use, including math, science, and engineering activities which make Baby on Board ideal for the STEM curriculum.

If your kids love animals, climb on board for some fun and learning with this book!

Math Curse

February 28, 2013

Gas prices are skyrocketing. Food prices are creeping up. The economic outlook remains questionable. In this time of uncertainty, what should we do?

My advice is simple. Check your receipts. Every penny counts!

Case in point:  My husband and I ventured out to the grocery store after finding our cupboards were bare. We picked up the staples of life – milk, bread, fruit, and vegetables. I thought we did a pretty good job following our grocery list, but when I saw our total bill, I choked. We needed a grocery reality check.

On the way to the car, I went through the grocery receipt line-by-line. And there it was. Right before my eyes was the total for the four avocados we had purchased – $24.50. Math curses! I bought the avocados because they were two for a dollar. Something was amiss. On closer inspection, I discovered we were not charged for four avocados. We were charged for forty-nine avocados! Holy guacamole! That’s enough green stuff to last from now until St. Patrick’s Day! An immediate trip back to the service desk brought our grocery bill down to a more reasonable total.

Word to the wise. Check your math. Check your receipts. Check your bills. Check your checks. Check. Check. Check.

Don’t let math be a curse. Below are some books you and your kids can count on!

Kids + Parents + Math Books = 3x the fun!

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Math Curse written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith

The Grapes of Math written by Gregory Tang and illustrated by Harry Briggs

Math Potatoes written by Gregory Tang and illustrated by Harry Briggs

How Much Is A Million? written by David M. Schwartz and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Michael Slack

Math-terpieces written by Greg Tang and illustrated by Greg Paprocki

Apple Fractions written Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Rob Bolster

Addition in the Forest written by Jennifer Rozines Roy and Gregory Roy

Ten Apples Up On Top! written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss

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Pumpkins, Seeds, Estimation, and a Book

October 21, 2011

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is a perfect book to share with students. It combines science, math, a seasonal activity, and a boost of self-esteem for the smallest boy in the class.

Mr. Tiffin, a very clever teacher, brings three pumpkins to class – small, medium, and large. “How many seeds in a pumpkin?” he asks. It’s a brilliant way to motivate students and introduce estimation. The students take a guess, and then Mr. Tiffin has them cut open the pumpkins to see how many seeds are in each. He uses another math tie-in when he asks how they should count the seeds. Mr. Tiffin elicits answers from the students, who decide to count by twos, fives, and tens. Each group calculates how many seeds are in their pumpkin. The smallest boy in the class finds the smallest pumpkin has the most. This leads into a mini science lesson in which the students compare the three pumpkins. They discover the smallest pumpkin is darker orange and has more lines on the outside than the other two. Mr. Tiffin explains that for each line on the outside of a pumpkin there is a row of seeds on the inside. The longer the pumpkin grows, the darker it gets and the more lines it gets. Proud that his pumpkin has the most seeds, the smallest boy in the class tells Mr. Tiffin that “small things have a lot going on inside them.”

This book fits right into the fall season and lends itself to a variety of ways to engage students in new learning experiences that that are fun and easy to do.

How many seeds does your pumpkin have?


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