Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Linky party with Collaboration Cuties--Math book review.

I found this cool linky party, and since I am reviewing math books once a month I think it will be a great place to link that up.

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

Book info:  
  • 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?

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