The Doorbell Rang tells the simple story of Sam and Victoria, who were just about to sit down and enjoy fresh cookies when two friends arrive and the four children divide up the cookies four ways.
the doorbell rings again, and then again, and each time the number of
cookies per person dwindles.
The illustrations in this book are admittedly super dated looking! However, we've finally come to acknowledge that it's not the kids who are turned off by dated illustrations. It's us -- the grown-ups! It's the grown-ups who deem a book 'too dated' simply because we were around back then, so we can recognize the illustrations of our youth. But kids don't. :) So...we are trying to be more 'forgiving' of older books, and consider the storyline a little more strongly. And this is a book that stands the test of time.
The division lesson in this book is SOLID. Kids will get the simple dilemma presented (dividing the cookies among friends) and thus more clearly understand what happens when you divide.
This book is best suited for early lessons on division. We recommend that you do the problems as you come
across them, as some kids might focus on the story and
entirely miss the division lessons! (see suggestions below)
Level: K-Gr. 3 DRA Level:
Grade Equivalent: 2.1 Guided Reading: J
Below are sample pages from inside this book. We don't love the illustrations -- they look dated and are overly cute for our taste. However,
we can't deny that this book is great for teaching early lessons on
division! And, the storyline is such a natural lead-in for
countless hands-on division activities.
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MANY teachers use this book to teach early division lessons! We recommend you slow it down a bit so that the students really understand the math being presented. It can be as simple as the following:
Physically dividing the cookies
makes a big difference. The book grabs the kids interest and provides
the story structure, but kids in early division lessons need to see the
division in action! I don't mean to be explaining this in too much
detail, but it really does make a difference in their understanding.
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