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Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Math Literature Volume 29

Last week, I showed you some of my favorite Pigs will be Pigs books.  This week I am going to show you a few more!

Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking

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.

Pigs on the Ball : Fun With Math and Sports

This is my favorite Pigs will be Pigs book to use in primary classrooms (K-2).  It is Mr. Pig's birthday and the entire family goes to a miniature golf course to celebrate.  Mr. Pig has a hard time keeping up with his family and his new lucky shirt doesn't seem to be helping.  Each hole on the course is a different shape and the pig family keeps track of their score as they move along.  This is a great story to use for basic geometric shapes.  It also is fun to have students tally the scores as you read the book or keep a score card and add up the scores for each pig as they finish.  This book also makes a great follow up to The Greedy Triangle.

Are you using math literature books in your classroom?

Head over to volume 30 to see a book that makes math fun for everyone!


  1. I keep meaning to get these pig books. Thanks for the reminder!
    Barbara @
    Grade ONEderful
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  2. These pig books are new to me. Thank you for more great resource ideas.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. You are welcome. I just inherited a huge stack of math literature from a retired teacher so I have lots of new ones to talk about!