Fun with Roman Numerals
by David Adler; illustrated by Edward Miller
lesson plan ideas, a peek inside the book, and more

Fun with Roman Numerals uses bold cartoons set in ancient Rome to create a fun introduction to Roman numerals. Adler covers how Roman numerals are used in modern society (watch faces, sporting events, book chapters...) and clear explanations on how they are written and counted (incl hands on activities.)  In their review, Kirkus said "This team once again hits a home run."

Fun with Roman Numerals

However, this is probably not a book that you should sit down and read straight through to your students. Roman numerals can get quite complex and if taken in one sitting, this book would probably be information overload. We recommend you break it up into several lessons and pair it with short, hands-on exercises. The author provides a very effective activity using different coins. Plus many other spreads in the book would be good lead-ins to related hands-on activities and exercises.  

One confusing point for Amazon users: The "Look Inside" feature on Amazon shows the 2008 cover but the interior images are from a 1977 version. To see the difference look at the small orange pictures above (from the 1977 version) and the large blue picture below (from the 2008 version). Be sure to order the newer version. The illustrations are better and the text is not as long. The old one was cute, but the new version is more fun and glossy and clear and....just better. :)

To help you best use this book in the classroom, the publisher has created a teacher's guide. For more on this guide, please click:  Fun with Roman Numerals lesson ideas, etc

Fun with Roman Numerals

Reading Stats
Interest Level: Gr. 2-5          DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level: age 9-12      Lexile Measure: n/a

Topics Covered    

Roman Numerals (Math)

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:5 stars (3 reviews)

Fun with Roman Numerals
Peek Inside
Below are two spreads from inside of this book -- to give you an idea of the delightful Roman-style illustrations and the text about Roman Numerals. Additionally, many spreads are interactive like this first one, which invites the reader to write their age, then talks about Arabic verses Roman numerals.

Fun With Roman Numerals

Fun With Roman Numerals

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