Counting on Frank
by Rod Clement




Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

Counting on Frank tells the story of a curious little boy named Frank, who likes to ask questions and ponder 'what if' scenarios, then investigate the answers with math.

He measures how long his pen writes before it runs out of ink. He estimates how many dogs would fit in his bath and how many whales would fit in his house. He calculates how tall he he'd be if he grew as fast as a tree... Frank is a font of curiosity and his enthusiasm is contagious!

This book captures the endless curiosity of children, adding a distinct math flair. Each of Frank's scenarios could easily be turned into a classroom activity, plus there's a section at the end is full of additional questions like those posed by Frank.

We don't love the illustrations. Frank's a bit odd looking-- sort of like a little man child. However, the illustrations are comical and keep the overall tone light.

Overall...we really like Counting on Frank. Kids can't help but catch a little of Frank's curiosity and problem solving leanings. And that's priceless in our book!

Interest Level:   Kindergarten - 3rd grade
 

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On this first sample spread, the text reads "At breakfast, I have a glass of orange juice and two pieces toast. Our old toaster shoots the toast about three feet into the air. It makes you think -- if our toaster were as big as the house, it could endanger low flying aircraft." The book is full of similar fun comparisons, mathematical wonderings, etc. And Frank's curiosity is contagious!

Counting on Frank by Rod Clement


The next sample spread shows how tall Frank would grow if he grew as quickly as a tree in his yard. The book is full of intriguing ratio and measurement activities like these---excellent fodder for classroom and homework activities.

Counting on Frank by Rod Clement


Lastly, this spread shows Frank pondering how long it would take to fill up the entire bathroom rather than just the tub.  This will be harder to turn into a direct math problem :) but does show how mathematical curiosity can be a lot of fun!

Counting on Frank by Rod Clement


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Activities to go with Counting on Frank

The back of this book includes some questions and suggested activities that can be used to extend the math learning.

At right is a sneak peek at one of these extension ideas pages from the back of this book. So helpful! To learn more about this book, click the link below.  Please note that if you purchase an item from Amazon, they give us a small referral fee. (This helps pay for site hosting costs, thus allowing us to keep everything free for site visitors!)

Counting on Frank lesson activity ideas


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