Spaghetti and Meatballs for All
by Marilyn Burns
illustrated by Debbie Tilley
Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are holding a family reunion and have planned every detail-- from the delicious spaghetti dinner to the perfect seating arrangements with enough tables and chairs for all.
But when their relatives arrive, they move everything around, assuring a frantic Mrs. Comfort that there will be plenty of room. Mrs. Comfort knows understands area and perimeter, so she knows better. Will they have enough seats?
This is a great
teaching geometry lessons on area and perimeter. Although
it's fictional, the story does show how knowledge of geometry can be
useful in practical problem solving. One note: we recommend
you stop and and emphasize the geometry concepts as you come
across them, as there's a lot going on and some kids may miss the math
lesson entirely is you do not.
Interest Level: Gr. 2-4 DRA Level: 34 Lexile Measure: 420L
Grade Equivalent: 3.5 Guided Rdg Level: O
Below are sample pages from inside the book, showing how very busy the pages area and how much text there is. In these pages, a frustrated Mrs. Comfort again watches as chaos ensues. Her table layout has been destroyed and the guests are running amok.
Plus the back of the book includes suggested activities and discussion points:
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