A Number Mystery
by Loreen Leedy
What would life be like without numbers? That's the premise of this cute book that has two frantic animals running around trying to replace numerals that have been mysteriously stolen.
If you are
teaching numbers, add this book to the mix to help show how
vital numbers really are in our everyday lives.
We like the kid-friendly examples
that Leedy selected, like: money having
no value, games
winners, and no one knowing their age (which kids find especially
horrifying!) A great discussion starter for all the
we use numbers in the world.
Level: Kindergarten - 1st grade
* Chicago Library Best of the Best Book
* Florida Book Awards Bronze Medal Winner
Below are sample pages from inside Missing Math. As you can see, these pages do a good job of showing all the different ways we use numbers in our everyday lives, which is something that kids often don't even realize! Some of Leedy's books are a bit too crowded for anything but individual browsing, but this title is different. It would work great for a read aloud as well.
Read the book aloud, then have kids write down each time they come across numbers in their homes and community after school.
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You may also want to check out other cute and educational books by Loreen Leedy. She's quite prolific! To learn more, click on the images below or here. :)