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Count on Me
Count on Me

Reading and STEM are having a crossover this week at BOOK IT! These three books and activities will get your students excited about math, covering grades PreK through Sixth! We have three book recommendations with vocab, comprehension questions and activities. You and your students will be having fun in 1, 2, 3!

Count on Me

Vocab

passion - a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
geometric - an area of math that includes points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids
concentric circles - circles with a shared center
infinite - having no limits
fractals - a never-ending pattern
trajectory - a curved path on which an object moves 


After you are done reading Count on Me, ask your students these questions:

What are some of the ways people see beauty in the world?
What are some different ways things can be sorted?
What makes items a set?
How are things grouped?
What can items have in common?
How can you play with shapes?

Activity

Watch author Miguel Tanco read his book.

Then, take math outside by having students collect items such as leaves, acorns and sticks. When everyone brings their items inside, have students group the items. Here are a few ways to group and organize their discoveries:
•    Group items that are similar materials, colors or shapes.
•    Group items that are different materials, colors or shapes.
•    Group items by weight.
•    Using a ruler, organize items by length, height or thickness.
•    Group items that have the most of a certain color and the least of that color.
•    Organize leaves from largest to smallest.


Sorting (Math Counts)
Sorting (Math Counts)

Sorting (Math Counts)

Vocab

alike - similar in appearance, nature, or form
common - belonging to a shared group
different - not the same kind: partly or totally unlike
sorted - a group of people or things that have some shared quality
sets - group of things that have at least one thing in common. Sets can be added and divided into smaller sets called subsets.
group - a number of people or things that are together or in the same place
grouped - to put (people or things) in a group


 

After you are done reading Sorting (Math Counts), ask your students these questions:

What are some ways things can be sorted?
What makes items a set?
How are things grouped?
What are some things items can have in common?
What would you call four identical tires that go on a car?
What kind of things would you find are grouped in a grocery store?

Activity

Have every student select one random item or bring an item from home and put all those items together on a table. Ask students to find all the different ways they can sort and group or make sets of items. Watch this video to get your students thinking about ways to sort their items.


 

Solving for M
Solving for M

Solving for M

Vocab

estimation - a guess about the size, amount, cost, etc., of something
mandatory - required by a law or rule
elaborate - to give more details about something; to discuss something more fully
lymphatic system - a network of vessels through which lymph drains from tissues into blood.
dissect - to study or examine something closely and carefully
enumerate - to name things one after another in a list


After you are done reading Solving for M, ask your students these questions:

What is the motto for Highbridge Middle School?
How does Dee Dee find out Mika’s mom has cancer?
What does Grand Beau bring with her when she comes to visit and help Mika and her mother?
Who does Mr. Vann remind Mika of?
Who is Mika’s favorite artist?
Mr. Vann says that math may not be exact, but life is what?
What are the three things that are always on Mika’s to-do list?
What is Mika’s mom’s pet name for Mika?

Activity

Watch this Math Magic video and have your mind blown as mathemagician Arthur Benjamin amazes viewers with his skills.

 

 

 

 

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