Earth Day--Hooray! is a MathStart book 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 the 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
are the first three spreads from inside this book. 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 children, demonstrating how a small group of people--even kids--can
make a difference for the planet and in their local neighborhood.
Stuart Murphy, the creator of this powerful math picture book series, is great about providing a little extra to go with his book -- something to help teachers integrate the book into their classroom lessons. For this book, Stuart Murphy has provided the following direction:
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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