(2nd grade - 6th grade) The Grapes of Math is another fantastic Tang and Briggs production! This book features 16 spreads that each pose math problems specifically aimed at challenging readers to think creatively and conceptually when solving the problem, rather than simply trying to count the items.
The aim of the book is (1) to
help kids think more creatively when solving problems, and (2) help kids
make the transition from relying on addition to learning multiplication. We think it does both
Below is a sample spread from
inside the book (and it's pretty representative of the general format
and text/problem posing of all the book's spreads):
In case you can't read the words on our small sample spread, the text above reads: "Of all the
creatures in the sea,/ A fish is smart as smart can be. / While others
swim and play it cool,/ A fish is happy in a school!/ How many fish are
in this class?/ Answer quick and you will pass./
Here's a hint, a little clue,/ When counting fish, just look askew!"
Then... at the end of the book, the author has
provided the answer to each spread, including a verbal explanation and a small
picture showing a strategy for coming up with the solution! Very nice little addition that also makes this book great for kids to 'study' on their own. :)
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