Archives for category: Math

The Penny Pot

Title: The Penny Pot

Author: Stuart J. Murphy

Publisher: HarperCollins

SOL: 2.10 The student will
a) count and compare a collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters whose total value is $2.00 or less

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.6

Description: The Penny Pot is set at a school fair. The art teacher, Fran, is charging 50₵ per face painting. Jessie wants her face painted very badly, but is 11₵ short. Fran uses a penny pot for other students who have extra change to donate. Eventually Jessie gets enough money for her face paint and makes a decision about what she’ll have painted on her face.

Why I Chose It: This money is a great start to learning how to count coins. I would encourage my students to follow along and create coin combinations that match amounts written in the book. I think it would also be fun to have a penny pot in the classroom too, and maybe use it as a Relay for Life fundraiser or something.

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Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry

Title: Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry

Author: Cindy Neuschwander

Publisher: Scholastic

SOL: 3.14 The student will identify, describe, compare, and contrast characteristics of plane and solid geometric figures (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, cube, rectangular prism, square pyramid, sphere, cone, and cylinder) by identifying relevant characteristics, including the number of angles, vertices, and edges, and the number and shape of faces, using concrete models.

Grade Interest Level: 2-5- Amazon

Description: Matt and Bibi are on a trip with their family in Egypt, and end up getting trapped in a pharoah’s pyramid. They use their knowledge of three-dimensional geometric shapes to help them locate the burial chamber and find a way out.

Why I Chose It: I like how this plot links geometry with Egypt, so it crosses subjects. It also goes into more detail about the faces that make up each geometric shapes. I like that it uses the proper names for each shape, like tetrahedron, because it gets the reader more familiar with the terms.

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The Best of Times

Title: The Best of Times: Math Strategies that Multiply
Author: Greg Tang
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Reading Level: 2nd-5th Grade

SOL: Computation and Estimation
3.5 The student will recall multiplication facts through the twelves table, and the corresponding
division facts.
4.4 The student will
a) estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients of whole numbers;
b) add, subtract, and multiply whole numbers;
c) divide whole numbers, finding quotients with and without remainders; and
d) solve single-step and multistep addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems with
whole numbers.
5.4 The student will create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with and without remainders of whole numbers.

Summary: Using simple rhymes, this book explains the fundamentals of how each number from one to ten works. It tells how these numbers are multiplied together to get different products and offers clever techniques for readers to remember the math facts. Each multiplication problem has a rhyme and a visual for children to learn from and the end of each page includes challenge questions for them to try out as well. There are also practice tables in the back of the book for further instruction.

Explanation of Choice: This book presents the confusing concepts of multiplication in a fun and easy way so that children can really comprehend it all. It uses poems and a variety of different math problems in order to help children go beyond knowing the basic times tables to really understanding the concepts of multiplication. The clever rhymes are complimented by the animated illustrations. This book is very interactive as it provides different practice problems and activities for students and is a great learning tool to have in the classroom.

The Great Graph Contest

Title: The Great Graph Contest
Author: Loreen Leedy
Publisher: Holiday House
Reading Level: Kindergarten-3rd Grade

SOL: Probability and Statistics
K.14 The student will display gathered data in object graphs, picture graphs, and tables, and will
answer questions related to the data.
1.14 The student will investigate, identify, and describe various forms of data collection (e.g.,
recording daily temperature, lunch count, attendance, favorite ice cream), using tables, picture
graphs, and object graphs.
2.17 The student will use data from experiments to construct picture graphs, pictographs, and bar
3.17 The student will
a) collect and organize data, using observations, measurements, surveys, or experiments;
b) construct a line plot, a picture graph, or a bar graph to represent the data; and
c) read and interpret the data represented in line plots, bar graphs, and picture graphs and
write a sentence analyzing the data.

Summary: Gonk the toad and Beezy the Lizard are having a competition to see who can make the best graphs. Their friend Chester the snail will be the judge and they try to impress him by making bar graphs, pie charts, Venn diagrams, quantity graphs, and more. The two friends work out simple equations in order to create their various graphs, allowing readers to learn about how each one is made.

Explanation of Choice: This book does a great job of explaining the different types of graphs to children. The cartoon illustrations and large text make this an entertaining and easy to follow format for kids. They are introduced to the important math concepts of data collection, data management, and the use of graphic organizers. Children learn the different types of graphs and how to properly use them. The book includes even more details about how each graph was made at the end and even provides instructions for students to make their own.

Hickory Dickory Dock

By Keith Baker

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Reading level: Kindergarten- 3rd grade

Focus: Instruments and Attributes

K.9 The student will tell time to the hour, using analog and digital clocks.

A mouse lives inside a big grandfather clock. Every hour a different animal runs by the clock and has funny interactions with the mouse.

I chose this book because of the intriguing graphics and warm-hearted story. I think children will really enjoy this book while learning how to tell time to the hour. It is a story I can see kids wanting their parents and teachers to read to them over and over again.


Name: Bear in a Square

Author: Stella Blackstone

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Grade Level: 1.3

SOL: 1.13 The student will construct, model, and describe objects in the environment as geometric shapes (triangle, rectangle, square, and circle) and explain the reasonableness of each choice

K.11 The student will a) identify, describe, and trace plane geometric figures (circle, triangle, square, and rectangle)

Summary: Bear takes a trip around familiar environments. As he walks around, he experiences many shapes in his surroundings such as at the school and at a circus. Multiple shapes hidden in every scene.

Why I chose it: It is an easy, eye-catching read that has a good variety of shapes and not just standard circles and squares.


Name: Perimeter, Area, and Volume: A Monster Book of Dimensions

Author: David A. Adler

Publisher: Holiday House

Grade Level: 3.5

SOL: 5.8 The student will a) find perimeter, area, and volume in standard units of measure; b) differentiate among perimeter, area, and volume and identify whether the application of the concept of perimeter, area, or volume is appropriate for a given situation

Summary: Monsters are going to the movies! As different monsters run through the motions of getting popcorn, tickets, and reading movie posters, they go over what it means for something to have perimeter, area, and volume and look at different examples.

Why I chose it: It gives a fun twist to something that’s generally very cut-and-dry, such as perimeter area and volume. There is a good story and cute visuals, but the book does not skimp out on providing real information on the subjects.