“Number Counting in the City”
City by Numbers
Author Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover numbers 1 through 21 in New York City. Within Johnson’s cityscape paintings, the curves and lines of numbers are hidden. This wordless picture book promotes imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.
Can you find numbers 8 and 9?
TITLE: City by Numbers
AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson
ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson
PUBLISHER: Viking, 1998
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder
1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood. Search for numbers. Sketch one of the numbers you discovered. Did others find numbers in different places than you? Using the students’ sketches, make a class book.
2) Pick a number. Camouflage your number inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your number.
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