This story is about Mr. and Mrs. Comfort's family reunion. It is a great way for kids to explore area and perimeter while seeing how different table arrangements (constant area) result in a different number of seats available for family members (changing perimeter). The story is fun and lighthearted and easy for students to connect with. It is also a great story for kids to "act out" using tiles to model the tables. I have used this book in grades 2-5 to help kids work on area and perimeter and it is especially good at getting kids to understand that rectangles can have equivalent areas but very different perimeters.
I bought this book in the library/school binding edition. It is a little more up-front costs but after 5 years of use it still looks new!
What is your favorite Marilyn Burns book?
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