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Let’s Estimate: A Book About Estimating and Rounding Numbers By David Adler

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Back of Book: How much pizza do you need for a dinosaur party? If you don’t know exactly, you have to estimate! This lively introduction to the mathematical concept of estimation is straightforward and fun. David A. Adler explains what an estimate is and the difference between estimating and rounding. Edward Miller’s colorful and energetic artwork offers the perfect accompaniment to a concise, engaging text. Filled with simple examples and explanations, Let’s Estimate will have kids estimating like pros!

My Review
Teaching math can sometimes be difficult. Students don’t always understand the concepts. When I heard about Let’s Estimate I got very excited. Anytime children get to talk about dinosaurs, and pizza they get excited! David Adler is a very talented author who I able to write in a very clear and engaging way. The book gives the definition of estimation, and then goes on to explain how to do it. Each page teaches readers about a new step. Such as what rounding is and how to accomplish it. It breaks down how to round to 100s, 10s and ones. This is not just a book about math. It is a true teaching tool.  The illustrations are full of bright colors and draw readers into the story as they follow the dinosaurs through the math problems.   I wish that this book was around when I was in school. As a teacher, I am thrilled to see something as neat as this book available to readers.
Ages 8 and up
32 Pages

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Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code By Laurie Wallmark

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Back of Book:

An ace inventor, groundbreaker, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English.” Throughout her life, Hopper succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations

 

My Review:

I am so excited to be reviewing this truly unique, and one of a kind picture book. I had never heard of Grace Hopper before and was amazed by her work. Grace was a young woman who was not afraid to try new ideas. She loved to learn, and she loved math. It led her to becoming a programmer for the Navy and working on some of the very first computers. As a teacher, I think is a must for every school library. With an increase in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) learning in classrooms, the importance of learning about great female scientists has increased.  I found this story to be a missing part of children’s literature. The illustrations are engaging, and draw readers in.  I love how Laurie spent the time to discusses each aspect of Graces productive life. I think this story is definitely a must read.

48 Pages

Ages 6 and up

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos By Deborah Heiligman

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Back of Book:

Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made “Uncle Paul” a great man.

My Review:

In honor of Pi Day I wanted to read a story that was about math. This was easier said than done. Then I found The Boy Who Loved Math. This is a well written story about one brilliant man’s love of all things mathematical.  The story follows the Paul Erodos from the ag of 4 to his death. It discusses his love of numbers and creating equations. It also discusses the issues that he faced with completing simple tasks like buttering his bread. My students enjoyed learning about a man who loved numbers so much.

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages

 

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See Inside Math by Alex Frith

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Back of Book: Lift the flaps in this amazing book to discover just how fascinating math can be

My Review: If you have never heard of the Usborne Book Co then please google it and fall in love with these amazing teaching resources. The See Inside Math book has 86 flaps for students to look through and each one asks a different mathematical question.  It has a Table of Contents in the front that explains what is inside the book. This book has an explanation of math and the different symbols that math uses.  This is a fun and colorful book that I believe children will not only learn from but also enjoy.

Ages 8 and up

16 Pages.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs for All By Marilyn Burns

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Back of Book: Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food is ready, and here come the guests–with their own seating plans

My Review: I am a huge fan of the Scholastic Book Co. I think they do an excellent job of publishing stories that are fun but also teach children something important. Math can be a tricky subject and reading children a fiction story can help them learn different mathematical skills. This story does a good job of explaining area in a way that students can enjoy and relate to. The tables that the guests sit at are rearranged so that all the people have a place to sit. In the end there is plenty of room for every person to sit and enjoy the spaghetti and meatball dinner.

6 years and up

40 Pages