Cheetah Math: Learning About Division from Baby Cheetahs
by Ann Whitehead Nagda
Cheetah Math tells the story of two cheetah cubs named Majani and Kubali who have just arrived at the zoo and need lots of care and attention from the staff, who use division to make decisions about their care.
Soon, the two cheetah cubs are thriving and act as 'animal ambassadors', helping teach zoo visitors about the plight of cheetahs around the world. Great for teaching division and cheetah development.
This is one of our favorite middle-grades books for teaching division, as it provides an engaging, real world application (plus the cheetahs are adorable!) The text and division are a bit complex (and the text can get lengthy), so this is definitely a book to use once your kids have a general understanding of division.
Interest Level: Grade 2-5 Lexile Measure: 990L
Here are pages inside this book. Like
all the book in this series, there's quite a lot of text on each page,
but there's really good, compelling math here! You may want to consider
breaking the book up over a number of days so you can work through the math problems one at a time as a class and
have the kids do related division activities for each section. This
will deepen the experience, plus your kids will become more 'invested'
in what happens to the cheetahs as the days go on (and as they become
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