A Remainder of One

by Elinor Pinczes
illustrated by Bonnie Mackain

In A Remainder of One, the ants are back with more problems dividing their troops, this time for an upcoming parade. No matter how they divide their 25 member army, poor Joe Bug is always left alone. They try 2 lines of 12, 4 lines of 6, and 3 lines of 8. How can they divide up without a remainder of one? 

We really like this book. The illustrations are fun and the text is bouncy and rhythmic. Your kids will stay with you to the end, eager to see what happens to little Joe Bug.   And, on top of the division lesson, kids "will identify with Joe being left out...and will certainly have a clearer understanding of remainders." (SLJ)  If you like this book, be sure to check out this duo's other math book with the same cute little ant characters: One Hundred Hungry Ants.

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Grade 1-3            DRA Level: *     
Grade Equivalent:  2.5                 Lexile Measure:  570L  

See Inside
Below are sample illustrations from inside A Remainder of One. These pages should give you an idea of Bonnie Mackain's adorable illustration style plus the amount of text per spread (in general). The page on the left depicts Joe Bug, the sad little 'remaining' ant that is left out when the ant army divides. As you can read on this sample page, the text is fun and lyrical--a joy to read.  The next spread in the book is also shown below. It
reads: "Down by an orchard of young apple trees, the sunshine felt hot about 90 degrees. So insects all scurried for any cool shade, from mushrooms or leaf, they watched a parade."

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Lesson Ideas
Continue the fun by having your students create more marching army parades.
There are three handouts that accompany this activity:

Worksheet page 1
Worksheet page 2
Small ants for parades

Cut the items out and put them in baggies. Have students work in twos or threes. Each group gets both pages of the worksheet and a baggie with cut out ants. Once you view the worksheet, the activity procedure will be clear.

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You may also want to check out other books by Elinor Pinczes. To learn more, click on the images below or here.  :)