Teaching Estimation
with great children's books

Teaching estimation can be tricky for some children, especially grasping and accepting the uncertainty inherent in estimating. These books can help! After years of learning that math is black and white-- "correct or incorrect" --estimation requires a mind-shift that some kids have a hard time making. Some kids don't understand why they can't just count the items (since that's their comfort zone).

Then, there's the other side of the spectrum -- kids who are a little too free with throwing out any old random number when estimating. :)  But...both types of kids need to overcome these tendencies because the ability to estimate is an essential building block for so much of math in the upper grades.

The following children's books can go a long way in helping children grasp this concept and develop this very important skill.

books for teaching estimation

Great Estimations
by Bruce Goldstone
2nd grade - 5th grade

Greater Estimations
by Bruce Goldstone
2nd grade - 5th grade

A MathStart series book
by Stuart Murphy 
2nd grade - 4th grade

Counting On Frank
by Rod Clement
1st grade - 4th grade math

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
by Margaret McNamara 
Kindergarten - 1st grade math

Do you any other books for teaching estimation?
Obviously, we haven't found very many children's books for teaching estimation, which is a shame because this is definitely a topic that needs lots of examples before it really sinks in with kids. We really need more good books in this category but we search as we may, we just can't find others. Do you know of a good children's book for teaching this topic?  If so, please spread the word so we can review it!  You can lets is know by clicking here.