I had done this review in late March, but it's worth another mention since I have very little eyes on my blog the first couple of days... One of my favorite math books is...
Illustrated by John Manders
- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 10, 2007)
- Doubling/multiplying by two in a fun way: I enjoyed how the McFay brothers were twice as big as the one before.
- Shows weight: Minnie can barely hold the serving tray once Papa McFay orders.
My review: It was well written and had beautifully clever illustrations. I enjoyed how the story flowed and the illustrator did a great job of portraying size and proportion.
Math related activities to do with this book...
- Look at the pictures and ask questions: How many of the pies are the same on each tray? How big would papa be if he was twice the size of his oldest son?--Would he be able to fit through the door?
- Talk about doubling and possibly exponents and binary numbers: What would happen if we doubled this a few more times?--Would those orders even fit in the restaurant? Show how they doubled in this book 1x2=2, 2x2=4, 4x2=8...
- Make some food and weight it: When making dinner salads or pies, take time to weigh them and calculate how heavy 4 salads or 8 pies actually is!
Have you enjoyed this book? How have you taught math with it?
Can you think of some activities to do with it?