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Mathematickles!

Mathematickles”

Mathematickles! offers a playful introduction to math concepts through a creative lens. Follow a girl and her cat through the seasons using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, graphs and tables.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, original, and perspective. FYI: This is not a how to book.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: First, I like this book because of the unusual title. It piqued my curiosity about what I would discover between the pages of this book. Also, inventing new words is a favorite pastime of mine. Second, the fun interplay between the concrete nouns, which describe each season and the introduction of basic math concepts allows young readers to think creatively.

TITLE: Mathematickles

POEMS by: Betsy Franco

ILLUSTRATOR: Steven Salerno

PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): basic math concepts, seasons, creative thinking

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, original, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a holiday that you like to celebrate. Use three of the math concepts from the book to describe your holiday. Have someone guess your holiday. For example, pumpkin – seeds + sugar = pumpkin pie; dishes of food x laughter = family gathering; Thanksgiving

2) Create sensory chart for each season. For each season, list as many as you can think up for each sense. Choose items from the list to use with basic math concepts.

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Tastes
Sounds
Sights
Touches
Smells

 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about poet Betsy Franco, visit:

http://www.betsyfranco.com/index.htm

To learn more about illustrator Steven Salerno, visit:

https://www.stevensalerno.com/bio/

Drawn from Nature

Drawn from Nature”

Drawn from Nature, a beautifully crafted nonfiction picture book, combines illustrative text and artwork. Travel through a year of changing seasons with Helen Ahpornsiri’s art of transformed leaves, petals, and seeds into newly hatched ducklings, nut stashing squirrels, and bud-studded trees.

 

This story promotes creative components of nature, imagination, unique, parts to whole, and combination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  As a fan of arranging items in an unexpected way, I appreciate Helen Ahpornsiri’s ability to envision the placement of pressed flowers and leaves to masterfully create animals. Her intricate artwork combined with interesting, in-depth explanations of nature, animals, and the seasons makes for a beautifully informative children’s book.

TITLE: Drawn From Nature

ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Ahpornsiri

PUBLISHER: Big Picture Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 6-9

THEME(S)/TOPICS: nature, seasons, shapes

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, imagination, combination, unique, parts to whole

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What is your favorite season? List 10 reasons why it’s your favorite season. Use these reasons to create a song or poem that describes your season. In your song or poem, do not use the word of your chosen season. Instead, see if someone can guess what season you are writing about.

2) 

Illustrator Artist Helen Ahpornsiri uses white space to evoke wonder within her collages. What do you imagine when you see this owl?

3) Illustrator Artist Helen Ahpornsiri uses real flowers and foliage, which are foraged or grown, then preserved with traditional flower-pressing methods to create her art. To create a collage, pick an animal that lives in or near your town. Next, choose an unusual medium such as pasta noodles, beans, or pebbles. Sort out the different shapes and colors of your medium. Sketch out your animal design. Using your medium, arrange and rearrange pieces to create your animal collage.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri, visit:

http://helenahpornsiri.com

To learn more about Helen Ahpornsiri’s art process, visit:

https://helenahpornsiri.com/about/

A Stone for Sascha

A Stone for Sascha”

A summer vacation is different for a young girl and her family without their beloved dog.

As the girl throws rocks into the ocean, she wonders and discovers a truth across the ages. A meteorite strikes Earth. This rock changes hands through many eras, becoming an important part of different civilizations.

Finally it lands at the bottom of the ocean and washes ashore to become something again.

A beautiful wordless story that deals with grief and how things never truly disappear.

This book promotes imagination, originality, and courage.

TITLE: A Stone for Sascha

AUTHOR: Aaron Becker

ILLUSTRATOR: Aaron Becker

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality, courage

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Name one thing that goes on forever. How is the thing able to keep going on? What happens to this thing as time goes on? Does it change as it goes?

2) What else can a stone do? Brainstorm a list of ideas. Pick one of your ideas and change it into a story that can help someone.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Aaron Becker, visit:

http://www.storybreathing.com/about-aaron/

Watch the trailer and the story behind the making this book:

http://www.storybreathing.com/a-stone-for-sascha/