The Lion’s Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It, Too by Matthew McElligott

Recommended Grades: 4-6

When the ant is invited to dinner with the King of the Jungle, she is mortified when the other party goers gobble up dessert (halving each piece for each party goer) leaving nothing but a crumb for the ant to share with the lion.  As a result, she offers to bake him a special dessert for the next night.  A lesson in manners and math, this book makes a great read aloud.    

Note: This month, I will share several Black Eyed Susan nominees. The Lion’s Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It, Too is a 2011-2012 nominee.

Lesson Idea:


Math Connection: Read aloud The Lion’s Share: A Tale of Halving Cake and Eating It, Too at the beginning of a math unit on multiplication and division.  Provide students with manipulatives and have them re-create the scenario when the animals halve the cake and then again when the animals double the cake.

©2011 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel

Theme: Nonfiction Read Alouds

Strategy: Nonfiction Text Features

Recommended Grades: 3-5th grade

Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee is the story of a chimpanzee (Jiggs) born in a zoo and abandoned by his mother.  Raised by humans, his young life is portrayed within the details of this book. The book is set up so that one can read the text on the right-hand pages and simply learn the story. The left-hand pages offer explanations of the time lines, charts, clocks, and calendars that were used to measure and record the chimp’s growth and development.

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book or parts of this book.  Discuss with students how the text features enhances the text and also provides further understanding of Jigg’s story.  Download the Nonfiction Text Features Checklist.  Model for students how to locate various text features throughout the text. Model how to complete the checklist.  When students have had plenty of practice locating text features with you or a partner, have them use the checklist to locate features on their own.

Content Connections: Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee is a great content connector when you are teaching time.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions by David LaRochelle

September Theme: Building a Room full of Readers

Recommended Grades: 1st -3rd grade

This month, I will focus on books that will help you build a room full of readers.  This first review is of a new book that will be out this month.  I love connecting picture books to anything and everything and one way to build readers is to connect books to other subject areas.  This is an example of making a connection between literacy and math.

1+1=5: and Other Unlikely Additions requires children to think outside the box.  A fantastic change to the daily grind of test prep, this book provides children the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills related to addition.  Out this month, the cover catches your eye with the large 1+1=5.  My son, a second grader, was immediately intrigued when he saw the cover and wanted to know how 1+1 could equal 5.

The author, David LaRochelle, is a former elementary teacher, himself.  Using animals, insects, athletes and other items, he devised a unique and engaging approach to addition that requires children to think about addition in a different way.

Lesson Idea: Read aloud this book.  Discuss all the ways the author used objects to create 1+1 addition problems.  Create a class list of the different ways.  Provide various objects and pictures for students and ask them to use the objects and pictures to create their own “outside the box” addition problems – in the same manner LaRochelle does in the book.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

The Hershey’s Kisses Subtraction Book by Jerry Pallotta

December Theme:  Nonfiction

A math book to teach children the basics of subtraction.

While some may look at this book, and its predecessor, The Hershey’s Kisses Addition Book, as a way to market candy to children, I look at it as a fun way to teach children concrete concepts of subtraction.  Using Hershey kisses and clowns, Pallotta expertly weaves subtraction and fun together.  I would use this book as a supplement to my own concept lessons in subtraction.  Or use it as a supplement for children who have difficulty understanding the concepts.   

Lesson Idea: Organization

Provide students with Hershey kisses and allow them to solve the problems in the book through the physical use of the candy.  As additional practice, provide students with several subtraction problems that they can solve on their own, with a partner, or with you.  Provide Hershey kisses then as well.  Finally, have students write their own subtraction (or other math concept) book using The Hershey’s Kisses Subtraction Book as a model.

©2009 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Rights Reserved. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.