Subject Area: Math
Simple addition concepts are introduced through rhyming text and colorful illustrations depicting different animals on their way to a surprise destination.
Children will develop math literacy skills using counting materials to solve the simple addition problems presented in the book and they will create their own addition sentences.
Invite the children to form a circle on the floor. Place four blocks on the floor. Count the blocks with the children. Next, place another four blocks on the floor. Ask the children to count the total number of blocks. Can they explain why you now have eight blocks? What do you need to do to have ten blocks? Describe the word addition to the class. Show the group the book Animals on Board. Tell them it is a story that involves addition. Ask them to predict what will happen in the story.
Come Aboard and Play Along
- Counters (discs, beans, cubes, etc.)
- Read the book Animals on Board with small groups during math time. Give each student ten counters. Tell them that they will use the counters to create the same number groupings and addition sentences depicted on each page.
- Also invite the children to play along by making the suggested sounds and creating hand motions to act the different movements in the story after they have counted out the numbers.
- After reading page 29, and before turning the page, ask the group to predict what type of fun will occur. Now turn the page. What do they see? Read the text and ask them to count the different animals.
- Ask the children to use the counters to create another addition sentence. Now ask them to make an addition problem for a friend to solve. How many different types of addition sentences can they create using ten counters?
- Now use the book to answer these math questions:
- How many different types of trucks were depicted in the book?
- How many trucks were green?
- How many trucks were red and white?
- Which truck was the longest?
- Which truck was the shortest?
- Which truck carried the most animals?
- Which truck carried the fewest animals?
- How many trucks had yellow flags?
- How many trucks had red flags?
- Can you make up an addition sentence about the trucks?
Adults are provided with ideas and specific activities to reinforce the addition concepts presented in the book.
Other Math Concept Books
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What Time Is It? A Book of Math Riddles
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Other MathStart Books by Stuart J. Murphy
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Teaching plan written by Risa Young