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Double the Ducks (MathStart)
by Stuart Murphy
illustrated by Valeria Patrone

A young boy has his hands full caring for five little ducks, so when each duck brings a friend home, chaos ensues. Now it's "double the ducks" and double the work. Luckily, a friend of the little boy arrives and offers to lend a helping hand. Numbers are shown on each page, making this a great resource for teaching doubling.

This book is part of the fabulous Math Start series of books that are such fun for teaching a wide range of elementary math topics.

In their review, Booklist commended Stuart Murphy and the MathStart series for "once again...explain[ing] a math concept in a simple, exuberant story with vibrant, clear pictures."

Interest Level:   Preschool - 1st Grade

Here's a peak inside this picture book to show the amount of text and adorable illustrations:

Related Activities

Stuart Murphy provides this direction for teachers while reading this book in the classroom:

  • After you've read the story together once, reread the story, using small objects such as buttons, marbles, or blocks. Ask the child or students to "double the number" of objects to match the storyline.
  • Tell the child or students that you have thought of a number and then doubled it. Then say what the doubled number is and ask if they can figure out what the original number was. For example, if the doubled number is 10, the correct answer is 5. If the child has difficulty, use a group of small objects--buttons, paper clips, or pennies--that total your doubled number. Then have the child separate them into two groups.

Stuart Murphy suggests the following activities (from the Math Start website here):

  • Make a simple treat, like instant pudding, help your child or students double the recipe.
  • Have the children make "Doubles Books." To prepare, take sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, turn it so it's horizontal (wide) and draw a line down the middle. On the left- hand side of each page, draw an object (for example, 1 person, 2 ducks, 3 balloons, 4 trees, and 5 flowers). Make enough photocopies so that each child gets a set of pages. Ask the children to draw double the number objects on the right-hand side of each page (for example, 2 people, 4 ducks, 6 balloons, 8 trees, and 10 flowers). Using a new sheet of paper, have the children draw a cover for their Doubles Books. Staple each book on the upper left hand corner. Your math whizzes are now authors!

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