# Double the Ducks(MathStart)

Double the Ducks (MathStart series)
by Stuart Murphy; illustrated by Valeria Patrone

A young boy has his hands full caring for five little ducks, so when each duck brings a friend home, chaos ensues. Now it's "double the ducks" and double the work. Luckily, a friend of the little boy arrives and offers to lend a helping hand. Numbers are shown on each page, making this a great resource for teaching doubling.

In their review, Booklist commended Stuart Murphy and the MathStart series for "once again...explain[ing] a math concept in a simple, exuberant story with vibrant, clear pictures."

Interest Level:   Preschool - 1st Grade

Here's a peak inside this picture book to show the amount of text and adorable illustrations:

### Related Activities

Stuart Murphy provides this direction for teachers while reading this book in the classroom:

• After you've read the story together once, reread the story, using small objects such as buttons, marbles, or blocks. Ask the child or students to "double the number" of objects to match the storyline.
• Tell the child or students that you have thought of a number and then doubled it. Then say what the doubled number is and ask if they can figure out what the original number was. For example, if the doubled number is 10, the correct answer is 5. If the child has difficulty, use a group of small objects--buttons, paper clips, or pennies--that total your doubled number. Then have the child separate them into two groups.

Stuart Murphy suggests the following activities (from the Math Start website here):