In Tally O'Malley, the
O'Malley family is
on their way to the beach. The drive is
long and boring so they decide to pass the time with short tallying
with cars, then t-shirts, and finally train cars. Readers get a clear idea
of what tallying is. The concept is
clearly presented and the storyline is certainly one that kids can
relate to (bored on a road trip!)
This cute Math Start book is perfect for teaching tallying! And...Jabar's illustrations are adorable! As with all MathStart books, pages at the end include ideas for extension activities --helping you turn a read aloud of this book into a whole graphing lesson. Your students will likely want to try their hand at tallying after a read aloud of this book.
Interest Level Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Below are sample spreads from inside this book--showing the very cute illustration style, the general amount of text per page, and the beginning of the graphing focus in the book. You can click on the pictures to see larger versions.
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Stuart Murphy's suggestions
On his website, Stuart Murphy provides the following suggested activities to do with their students/child in conjunction with reading this book:
Along with the O'Malleys
Pass out our worksheet for this book to each students and have them color in the pictures the appropriate color (listed below the picture).
Then read this book to your student and have them tally along as you read. At the end of each tallying game, stop and have your students check to see if their tally marks match the tally marks in the book.
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.
Or check out our list of the best children's books for teaching graphing: