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Mouse and her friends want to play tug-of-war, but they’ll need to use some everyday math to figure out how to make teams that are equal. As Mouse looks at various solutions she is not sure what it means to be equal. Nothing works until Mouse starts to think about it mathematically and divides the teams based on weight. Wonderful illustrations capture Mouse and her animal friends from whiskers to tails as they work to measure and equalize their teams based on size, weight, and effort. A perfect addition to any STEM/STEAM collection that shows readers how math can be used in everyday problem solving. Having nothing to bring to the game of Addemup, Zero cannot play with the rest of the players in Digitaria and so must come up with a clever plan that will let him play despite his numeric shortcomings. Simultaneous.

Ms Rebecca Sutton; Ms Syreeta Clifford (19 April 2013). "Numeracy - Extending the More Able in Maths" (PDF). Newsletter. Dulwich College Seoul: 5, 6 . Retrieved 31 August 2015. There’s a pretty far-fetched reason (related to global warming) a the end for why the family had ended up with 365 penguins over the course of the year. The book knows its far-fetched, but it was still my least favorite part of the book. The ecological message is weak at best and probably undermined by the rest of the book (the penguins being in an unideal environment, etc.). But for me, the mathiness makes up for that. This playful counting book for the very young is a celebration of nature and imagination. Specially adapted by Graeme Base, the gorgeous illustrations guide children as they learn their numbers, discovering a whole menagerie of surprising and delightful creatures along the way. In the beginning, Bartholomew Cubbins didn't have five hundred hats. He had only one hat. It was an old one that had belonged to his father and his father's father before him. It was probably the oldest and the plainest hat in the whole Kingdom of Didd, where Bartholomew Cubbins lived. But Bartholomew liked it - especially because of the feather that always pointed straight up in the air.Gilbert the penguin has always wanted to fly. But with only small, fluffy wings as his aid, learning to fly is a bigger challenge than he ever thought it would be. The other penguins tell Gilbert there’s no use, and that he’ll never be able to fly, but Gilbert is determined and won’t let any obstacle stand in his way. How much does an elephant weigh? How do you know? How would you know if you didn t have a modern scale? Six-year-old Cao Chong, the most famous child prodigy in Chinese history, faced just this problem! Chong watches as the prime minister s most trusted and learned advisors debate different methods. The principle of buoyancy and a little bit of creative thinking help this boy come up with a solution. When a new baby is born it's difficult to tell if it will grow up to be big or small or brave or scared of the dark and spiders. So sometimes babies get the wrong name. It's the same with dogs. So when the Claybourne-Willments, who should have been called the Smiths, got Fearless as a little puppy, it seemed a good name for him. Except Fearless wasn't. How does Fearless finally live up to his name? By accident, of course!

Polly Shulman (12 November 2006). "The Numbers Game (Sunday Book Review)". New York Times . Retrieved 31 August 2015.

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As you read the story this time stop at various points to record how many days have passed (and therefore how many penguins are in the house) by having a student circle or cross out the days on the calendar in vivid. Discuss and record the interesting fractions as you go. For example ask: The kids seemed to enjoy 365 Penguins. They laughed at the funny parts, especially at the ending, and enjoyed watching the family try to solve their penguin dilemma. In addition to being a cute story with a sense of humor, it's also a math story full of equations employed in the family's attempt to organize their growing pengin collection. When will they receive half the penguins? What day is halfway through the year? (being an odd number, students will have to decide that is half way through the 182nd day.) Every time Mr Archimedes has a bath with his friends, the water overflows. Somebody must be putting extra water in the bath. Is it Kangaroo? Or is it Goat or Wombat? Whoever it is, Mr Archimedes is going to find out.

It’s important near the end that 365 is odd. There are 182 pairs of penguins plus one penguin, Chilly, who has blue feet instead of orange ones.

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Investigate more calendar fractions by dividing the year into terms, seasons, number of lunar cycles etc. Talk about places in the world where the year is divided into halves: wet and dry seasons.

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