In Ladybug's garden, everything is relative.Who's big? Bigger? Biggest? Long, longer, longest? Short, shorter, shortest? Line up! It's time for the best bug parade of all. Comparing sizes is a simple form of classification and is necessary for the development of measurement skills. Illustrated by Holly Keller
DC Standard 4.3, Measurement: Children use a variety of nonstandard and standard tools to measure and use appropriate language terms to describe size, length, weight and volume.
Read the story with your child or students and describe what is going on in each picture. Ask questions throughout the story, such as "Do the bugs look the same or different?" and "How do they look different?"
Together with your child or students, draw and color some of your own imaginary bugs. Then cut them out and help the child to arrange them in order of size. Line them up for your own best bug parade!
Look at things in the real world, for example, family members, pets, furniture, plates, flowers. Discuss their size relationships. "Who is bigger?" "Which is smallest?" Extend the concept by asking such questions as "Who is older?" "Who is youngest?" "Which is darker?" "Which is lightest?"
Nature Walk: Go for a walk together in a nearby park and bring along a tape measure or ruler. Measure and compare plants. “Which is taller?” “Which has wider leaves?” “Which as the smallest flower?”
A polka-dotted bug compares itself to other insects with positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives. The rhyming text teaches how to compare and order differently sized items and concludes with two resource pages, including discussion questions and follow-up activities. Lighthearted, colorful drawings of the not-at-all creepy-crawlers are rendered in pen and ink, watercolors, and pastel.Reprinted with permission from The Horn Book, Inc., Boston, MA.
A parade of bugs introduces size relationships in this playful approach to beginning math concepts. Comparisons of big (bigger, biggest), small (smaller, smallest), and long and short are presented by an assortment of cheery insects marching through a colorful environment of flowers and grass. Some of the insects, such as a ladybug, are easily identifiable, while others are more fanciful. A spacious format with large print and brief text gives Keller's expressive creatures lots of space to enliven the concepts. A double-page section of suggested activities for adults to share with children is included. Early childhood teachers and parents will all find this a useful book, and youngsters will be attracted to the lively illustrations. A good choice to pair with Bruce McMillan's Super, Super, Superwords (Lothrop, 1989)
Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ. Used with permission from School Library Journal. Copyright Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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