The Doorbell Rang tells the simple story of Sam and Victoria, who were just
about to sit down and enjoy fresh cookies when two friends arrive and the
four children divide up the cookies four ways. Soon,
the doorbell rings again, and then again, and each time the number of
cookies per person dwindles.
The illustrations in this
book are admittedly super dated looking! However, we've finally come to
acknowledge that it's not the kids who are turned off by dated
illustrations. It's us -- the grown-ups! It's the grown-ups who deem a
book 'too dated' simply because we were around back then, so we can
recognize the illustrations of our youth. But kids don't. :) So...we are
trying to be more 'forgiving' of older books, and consider the
storyline a little more strongly. And this is a book that stands the test of time.
division lesson in this book is SOLID. Kids will get the simple
dilemma presented (dividing the cookies among friends) and thus more
clearly understand what happens when you divide. This book is best suited for early lessons on division. We recommend that you do the problems as you come
across them, as some kids might focus on the story and
entirely miss the division lessons! (see suggestions below)
Reading Levels: Interest Level: K-Gr. 3 / Grade Level Equivalent: 2.1 / DRA Level: 16 / Guided Reading: J / Lexile Measure: 340L
Sample Pages: Below are sample spreads from inside The Doorbell Rang. We don't love the illustrations -- they look dated and are overly cute for our taste. However,
we can't deny that this book is great for teaching early lessons on
division! And, the storyline is such a natural lead-in for
countless hands-on division activities.
MANY teachers use this book to teach early division lessons! We recommend you slow it down a bit so that the students really understand the math being presented. It can be as simple as the following:
Physically dividing the cookies makes a big difference. The book grabs the kids interest and provides the story structure, but kids in early division lessons need to see the division in action! I don't mean to be explaining this in too much detail, but it really does make a difference in their understanding.
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