Earth Day Hooray! (MathStart)
by Stuart Murphy; illustrated by Renee Andriani
This latest MathStart title, this one aimed at teaching place
value and recycling. In the story, an elementary school's
'Save the Planet
Club' wants to earn money to buy flowers for the local park, so
students decide to gather aluminum
cans that they can turn in for coins.
If they gather 5,000 cans, they will have enough to money to buy the flowers, but keeping track of the daily totals proves very difficult. Finally, when start sorting the cans in bags of 10, 100, and so on, the task becomes much easier.
This is a good book for teaching place value (math), recycling and the environment, and of course Earth Day! Renee Andriani's illustrations are both adorable and informative, adding clarity to the text and the math concepts covered. In their review, Booklist suggests this title for "jazzing up a routine math lesson or...Earth Day activities." We agree!
Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 4
Below are interior pages from inside this book. The first page is included to show how this book uses an aluminum can drive to teach place value and the second spread is included here to give you an idea of the illustration style and amount of text on the pages.
Remember, this book isn't only about math; it's also about recycling and caring for the environment. The children in this book provide great examples for childre, demonstrating how a small group of people--even kids--can make a difference for the planet and in their local neighborhood.
Stuart Murphy provides the following direction for teachers reading this book in the classroom:
Also, if you are reading this
book when celebrating Earth Day, check out these accompanying Earth Day
activities to go with it: Education World activities
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