Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott

In Bean Thirteen, two insect 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' left over. They invite a friend over, thinking dividing the beans by three will solve the problem. When it doesn't, they invite more friends over, but they can't 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 really quite a serious dilemma for kids!

And...the use of lima beans! What a natural  lead in for hands-on classroom learning. Read the book, then pass out 13 lima beans to pairs and have them divide up the beans as you read the book again.

Reading Levels:  Interest Level:  K-Gr. 3 /   Grade Level Equivalent:  2.1   /   DRA Level:  16   /   Guided Reading:  J   /   Lexile Measure:  320L

Sample Pages:  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 solve it.

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We really like Matthew McElligott's books. His illustrations are so brightly colored and cute. If you find you like this book, you may want to check out other books by him. To learn more, click on the images below or the link above.  :) 

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