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Actual Size and 3 More Math and Science Picture Books

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Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving by Greg Tang

Minnie's Diner: A Multiplying Menu by Dayle Ann Dodds
Teeth, Tails & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book by Christopher Wormell  (Although this is basically an animal counting book with minimal text, the literature guide motivates kids to draw and follow directions.)

These four award-winning picture books will connect math, science, and animals in your K-3 classroom to provide application of skills that cross the curriculum with art, math, science, reading, writing, and problem solving.  For younger kids, adult or older students can scaffold the learning while leading and doing the activities together.  Older kids will be challenged by the research,  interesting twists in the activities, and will be motivated to create their own activities.  All will enjoy the beautiful picture books and creative Kids Wings activities.

Activities in Actual Size include:

  • A Readers Theater Play for 4 Voices
  • Giants- Multiple Choice and Word Web
  • Part 1: Taking Notes on a Chart, Arrange by Size
  • Part 2: Taking Notes on a chart, Arrange by Size (more animals)
  • classify the Animals (from your notes in Part 1 and Part 2),
  • Then cut and paste into a word web.
  • A Trip to the Zoo, Prewriting, Good and Bad Things
  • A Trip to the Zoo:  Plan and write a Story with 4 paragraphs
  • Answer Keys

Activities for Math-terpieces include:

  • Readers Theater Introduction for 4 Voices
  • Study Each Picture, Create Number Sentences, 2 pages
  • Getting the Idea:  Multiple Choice and Word Web for Number Sentence
  • Vocabulary Masterpieces--choosing best meaning in context
  • Vocabulary Masterpieces--15 new words from the story
  • Art Critic:  Choose and identify your favorite art masterpiece
  • Draw and Color your favorite art masterpiece
  • Write what you like about your favorite masterpiece

Activities for Minnie's Diner: A Multiplying Menu include:

  • Readers Theater Play for 4 Voices, An Introducation
  • Getting the Idea: Multiple Choice
  • Minnie's Menu
  • How Much Did They Pay? (using the menu) 2 pages
  • Sing The Twos to the tune of "Oh, Suzanna!"
  • Double Up
  • Minnie's Words in a Crossword Puzzle
  • Answer Key

Activities for Teeth, Tails & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book include:

  • Natural Numbers--Draw animal-parts combinations for 1-30 chart
  • Compare and Contrast two books on a Venn Diagram
  • Fill in a chart of parts for different animals
  • Teacher Directions for Classifying Tails, Alphabetizing, Use of Tails
  • Draw the Tails on the Animals, 2 Pages



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