Lemonade for Sale

by Stuart Murphy
illustrated by Tricia Tusa

In this MathStart series book, four friends start a lemonade business and use graphs to chart their growing sales. Sales are improving until a boy down the street starts a juggling act for money. How will that impact their sales? The friends use a variety of graphs to answer that question. 

Children enjoy making graphs but some have a hard time grasping the WHY of the activity. They focus on the 'picture' itself and miss how the picture is a tool to help people understand data better. This book tackles that problem-- clearly showing how the kids in the story used graphs to help them understand how their stand was performing over time. Kirkus called it "a winning way to make some basic concepts and techniques less intimidating." We totally agree!

Reading Levels
Interest Level: Gr. 1-3            DRA Level: 28                    
Lexile Level: 380L               Grade Level Equiv: 2.5         Guided Reading: L

See Inside

Below are two spreads from inside this cute graphing book. To see larger versions, just click on the pictures.  You can see that graphing is integrated into the storyline right from the start.  That's the second spread with the graph in it.

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This book is one of the MathStart series 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.