Double the Ducks
the Ducks (MathStart series)
Stuart Murphy; illustrated by Valeria Patrone
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.
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."
Level: Preschool - 1st Grade
a peak inside this picture book to show the amount of text and adorable
Stuart Murphy provides
this direction for teachers while reading this book in the
- 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.
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.
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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