Animals on Board

MathStart series, Level 2
written by Stuart Murphy
illustrated by R.W.Alley

This cute book tells the story of a truck driver named Jill who keeps seeing vehicles drive past with all sorts of animals on board. As they pass, Jill adds up the animals that she sees on each truck. 

At the end, the mystery destination is finally revealed... they're part of a carousel under construction. "All of the characters end up at a carousel (made from the drivers' freight) and the final illustrations capture their joy and excitement." (School Library Journal)

The story incorporates five single digit math problems, (3+2, 6+1, 9+0...), presented simply and clearly enough for early first grade addition lessons. This book could easily be extended to a follow-up hands-on activity, and teachers will appreciate the related activities at the end. 

In their review of this book, School Library Journal said "this picture book tells a story and reinforces the concept of addition. The lively watercolor illustrations serve both missions well."

This book is part of the fabulous  MathStart series. We love their books!

Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Pres-Gr.2
Grade Equivalent:  2.6

DRA Level:  14 
Guided Reading:  H

Lexile Measure:  270L


See Inside

Below are two sample spreads from inside this book. As you can see the illustrations are super cute, and the math lesson is quite clear. As teachers of the early grades, we think this book is a powerful learning tool. To see larger versions of these images (and better read the text), simply click on the images. We think this book is adorable...so check them out! :)


Lesson Ideas for Animals on Board

When we read it to the class, we put post it notes over the equations and have the kids try to formulate it on their own (using whiteboards at the rug), then remove the post its to reveal the answer. That gives all the kids a chance to think about the addition story problem being presented, and do the math themselves.

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This cute book is part of the Math Start series of kids math picture books. We LOVE the MathStart series. The stories are funny and cute...and SO effective for teaching the specific math concept being targeted. You can learn more about this great series of books by clicking on the book covers below or the link above.