In Bean Thirteen, two
buddies have collected 13
beans for dinner and would like to divide their loot evenly but it
never works out. No matter what they do, they always have 'bean 13'
friend over, thinking dividing the beans by three will solve the
problem. When it doesn't, they invite more friends over, but
seem to escape that left over bean.
This is an ADORABLE, kid-friendly story for teaching division. The brightly colored cartoon illustrations appeal to kids and the whole party food predicament comes across as quite a serious dilemma for kids!
use of lima beans! What a natural lead in for hands-on
classroom learning. Indeed, School Library Journal ended their review by saying "Youngsters will undoubtedly enjoy this funny tale; teachers will truly
appreciate the connections it makes to their curriculum and the use of
manipulatives in math."
Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1
DRA Level: 16
Guided Reading Level: J
Lexile Measure: 320L
Read-Aloud vs. Individual Reading:
For kids in Kindergarten to first grade, this book will need to be a read-aloud rather than for individual reading, as the reading level will be too high for the majority of them. Most second graders may be able to read this book on their own (since the reading level is at where kids generally end their first grade year.)
Below are sample spreads from inside this book. We
love the illustrations... and kids will definitely "get" the division
problem and be interested in how these cute little guys will be able to
Author Matthew McElligott has created some lesson / activity ideas to go with this book, and has them on his website. They include:
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