Mrs. Pig is not feeling well so Mr. Pig and the kids decide to make her some chili. The problem is that Mr. Pig does not really know anything about cooking or measuring. He looks at a recipe but it turns out to be a recipe for disaster as he uses to much of many ingredients. He also doesn't seem to know the difference between a teaspoon and a cup and ends up adding two-thirds of a cup of salt. The students love this book for its silliness and the idea of this disgusting pot of chili seems to get them quite excited. The pigs also make quite a mess out of the kitchen which my students really thought was great. I love how engaged this book gets students. There are also many math topics around measurement and fractions that come out as you read the story and discuss it afterwards. I have used this book for various purposes in grades 1-3.
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