Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Two Books For Math Class

Tyrannosaurus Math
by Michelle Markel
illustrated by Doug Cushman
Tricycle Press, 2009
review copy provided by the publisher

Tyrannosaurus Math is a number-crunching dinosaur who starts doing math the minute he hatches from his egg, counting his fingers and toes together to make a number sentence.

As he grows, his math becomes more advanced. Soon he's skip counting, subtracting and checking his work, and drawing a picture in the sand to solve a problem. He makes a pictograph and an array, and finally saves the day with an excellent use of estimation.

This would be a fun book to share with math learners of all ages AND their math teachers!

Also reviewed by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
Michelle Markel's blog, The Cat and the Fiddle

Zero is the Leaves on the Tree
by Betsy Franco
illustrated by Shino Arihara
Tricycle Press, 2009
review copy provided by the publisher

In this beautiful little book, the concept of zero is explored throughout a child's school year. First, zero is the number of "balls in the bin at recess time," then the number of leaves on the oak. In winter, zero is "the sound of snowflakes landing on your mitten." In spring, zero is "the bikes in the bike rack on the last day of school."

This book just begs for students to create their own illustrations of zero...and maybe of the other numbers as well!

1 comment:

  1. And both of these are Cybil contenders -- would you mind if I borrowed them for the next month?
    Thanks, and see you Saturday. Hope everything on your "to do" list is getting checked off.


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