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.
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
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.
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