The puppy is worried. Will his Little Girl be ready to go to school on time? First there's a five-minute snuggle with Teddy. Then another three minutes spent washing up, and eight minutes for breakfast. And there's still so much more to do! Pup creates a colorful timeline to help keep track. Constructing and interpreting timelines helps children determine elapsed time using such skills as adding on to find sums. Illustrated by Diane Greenseid.
Encourage your child or students to tell the story using math vocabulary: "time," "minutes," "plus," and "equals." Talk about which activities take more time and which take less time. How can you tell which take more time by looking at timelines?
Have your child or students draw and color pictures of their own morning routines. Time the minutes needed for each activity and use strips of paper, string, or yarn to create personal timelines. Tape the pictures to the appropriate segments.
Plan a party that will take place from 2:00 to 4:00. What has to be done beforehand? What activities will take place during the party? What has to be done after the party is over? Make a timeline of these activities.
Part of a new, multi-level math series, Math Start, this story teaches time management and simple addition. The morning rush hour for families with young children happens before parents get to the car. Lagging leads to nagging and five more minutes can mean everybody is late. This story tackles that problem by showing how those wasted minutes can add up each morning. Electrified art, simple rhyme and a color-coded timeline become effective tools for explaining time management.
óDeborah Zink Roffino
Used with permission from Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, www.childrenslit.com
The story presented in this book is about a little girl getting ready to go to school with the help of her dog. There are several stops and delays along the way: snuggling with her teddy, washing her face, eating her breakfast, giving a snack to her dog, brushing her teeth, playing a game, finding her school things, and hugging her dog. The illustrations are very good and quite appropriate. The story should be appealing even without placing any emphasis on the mathematics. Three ideas are woven into the story line: time, counting, and addition, shown by the use of the number line and adjoining line segments. The story provides an opportunity for repetition of all the addition steps with a summary at the end. At the end are suggestions for enhancing mathematical learning that include various activities and experiences. From the MathStart series. Highly recommended.
óDr. Donald E. Myers
Used with permission from SB&F, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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