Tag: counting



Ideas at Work: A colorful book to brighten the dog-gone day


(Vol. 3, Issue 4, June 2012) Daniela Giralt at Gunsaulus Elementary, a 2010-11 Early Math Project participant, used the book Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd to help her preschoolers explore the Big Ideas of counting. This could be a great way to make those “Math to World” connections with the younger primary grades.

Book Ideas: Counting on Caps for Sale


(Vol. 3, Issue 4, June 2012) The award winning classic children’s story Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina is not an especially mathematical story. However, it is one that preschoolers love to act out. Before beginning the dramatization, use discussion to make some “Math to Self” connections.

Book Idea: The math in dots


(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) Melinda Chum is one of many teachers who have found great ways to do math with Donald Crews’ wonderful picture book 10 Black Dots. Children love going through the pages, exploring how 2 black dots form the eyes on a fox or 4 black dots can be seen as the tires on a vehicle.

Book Ideas: What kind of counting book is it?


(Vol. 2, Issue 3, December 2010) There’s nothing like a stack of attractive counting books to help young children explore number. However, it’s worth taking the time to analyze exactly how the numbers in the book are put to work, so as the children’s number sense grows, they can play with more complex understandings.

Ideas at Work: Numbers and fun with Anno’s Counting Book


(Vol. 2, Issue 3, December 2010) Teachers who go home from our Learning Lab with Anno’s Counting Book immediately put it to use to get their students exploring “how many?” After reading Anno’s, Nancy Beza at Waters encouraged her preschoolers to make a list of objects that could be found in a winter scene—snowflakes, trees, etc.

Ideas at Work: The First Day of Winter


Seminar teachers Rosa Urrutia and Katie Schneider created a fantastic poster about a math activity featuring the book The First Day of Winter.

Book Ideas: The First Day of Winter


This charming tale by Denise Fleming (Henry Holt and Company, 2005) is the perfect book for any wintry day—and a fun way to introduce a lot of important mathematical ideas.