Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Math Literature Volume 5

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My favorite book for helping kids bridge from counting to addition and even multiplication is


        This book is written riddle style by Greg Tang who has written quite the collection of riddle based math books.  The pictures are colorful and kid friendly and the riddles help kids move from counting one by one to more efficient methods such as repeated addition or even multiplication.  This is one of the books that kids will get really engaged in and after a whole group lesson using one or two of the riddles, students often pick up the book during choice or free times and work on some of the other riddles.  When I have a student struggling to move to more efficient methods of counting, this is a book that goes a long way towards helping out.

The best part is that the Greg Tang math website has been completely revamped over the past year and all of his books are now offered electronically and interactive.  There are also some GREAT games on this site that really help with number sense. 

His books are appropriate from kids ranging from pre-K up through fifth grade so there really is something for everyone!

Which Greg Tang book is your favorite?

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  1. So this is a good first grade book?
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I think it's a great book for first grade. It really gets kids to start looking for more efficient ways to count and focus on making groups. The website is also excellent for getting kids to practice composing and decomposing numbers using all four operations. I usually introduce a game like break apart on the smartboard with a number talk. This sets the expectation that when playing the game they should also be looking for patterns and number relationships.

  3. This book has a wide grade range depending on how you use it. If you check out the website, you will have a much better idea of which of his books will work in your classroom.