written by Stuart Murphy
illustrated by Marsha Winborn
In Probably Pistachio, Jack's not having a good day! He can't find his shoes, he spills milk on his homework, and worst of all, he has tuna fish for lunch. Will things ever get better? As Jack ponders the probability of a number of things in his 'bad day', readers what probability is and how it's determined.
Full of probability terms like probably, usually, sometimes, and nearly always!!!
Part of the Math Start
series, this book can be a fun supplement to early probability lesson plans. Murphy's
writing is clear and kid-friendly and the use of school day
activities (homework, bag lunches...) will help kids see that
probability is present in every- day situations. Fun
illustrations add to the learning but keep the tone light. And, like
all Math Start books, extensions activities are included at the end.
Interest Level: Gr. 1-2 DRA Level: 24 Lexile Measure: 280L
Grade Level Equiv: 2.1 Guided Reading: M
Below are sample spreads from inside the book:
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Stuart Murphy recommends extension activities directly related to this book (from his website), as well as other probability activities:
Practice with Probability
Utah Education Network's website is a great resource for lesson ideas! Check out their Lesson Plan section under the K-12 category. Their website has a lesson idea to go with this book: http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview?LPid=11089
Smartbooks lesson plan
A Kansas 1st grade teacher has created a Smartbooks lesson plan that uses this Probably Pistachio to help students practice making logical predictions from information they are given. http://www.k-state.edu/smartbooks/Lesson068.html
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This book is one of the MathStart series books. We LOVE the MathStart series. The stories are funny and cute...and SO effective for teaching the specific math concept being targeted. You can learn more about this great series of books by clicking on the book covers below or the link above.