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.

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