I Spy Numbers

Books to Share

  • 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam.
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins.
  • Math Curse by John Scieszka.
  • Missing Mittens by Stuart Murphy.
  • Mission Addition by Loreen Leedy.

Books to Show and Booktalk

  • Grapes of Math by Greg Tang.
  • How Much is a Million? by David Schwartz.
  • If You Made a Million by David Schwartz.
  • Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang.

Bulletin Board

Mathematical Mysteries

Place book jackets of books about math and numbers on the bulletin board. Surround them with numbers and simple mathematical equations in various colors and sizes.

Decorations

Hang large numbers from the ceiling.

Nametags

As children enter storytime area, give them nametags shaped like various numbers from 1 to 5.

Fingerplay

"Enumeration" from Ring A Ring O'Roses by Flint Public Library.

Poems

  • "Arithmetic" by Carl Sandburg in The New Oxford Treasury of Children's Poems by Michael Harrison.
  • "One To Ten" by Janet S. Wong in Marvelous Math by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Song

"Three Blind Mice"

Math Story

The Doorbell Rang

Read The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. Place 12 large felt chocolate chip cookies on a flannelboard. As friends arrive and cookies are shared, do the math with the children and divide cookies appropriately on the flannelboard. For example, there are 4 children and 12 cookies, 12 divided by 4 = 3, each child


has 3 cookies. When Grandma arrives, add a gray felt square with 2 dozen smaller cookies on it.

Flannel Board Stories

  • "Five Little Chickens" in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra.
  • "Bridge of Crocodiles" in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra.

Craft

Sticker Numbers

Materials

  • Small stickers
  • Glue stick (optional)
  • Construction paper (optional)

Directions

Precut the numbers one through five from construction paper. Give each child three to five different numbers and an assortment of stickers. The children affix one sticker to the number one; two stickers to the number two and so on. Optional: Children glue the numbers with the sticker on them to a large piece of paper.

Activities

I Spy Numbers

Hide large number shapes around storytime area and let the children hunt for them.

Number Flash Cards

Print Jan Brett's Numbers at www.janbrett.com/numbers/numbers_flash_cards_main.htm. Show the children the cards one by one and ask them to read the numbers with you.

Videos

  • How Much Is A Million? (12 minutes)
  • If You Made A Million. (12 minutes)

Web Sites

Scholastic Kids Fun Online Games and Contests


www.scholastic.com/kids/games.htm

Jan Brett's Numbers


www.janbrett.com/numbers/numbers_flash_cards_main.htm

Professional Resources

  • The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra.
  • Marvelous Math by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
  • The New Oxford Treasury of Children's Poems by Michael Harrison.
  • Ring A Ring O'Roses by Flint Public Library.

 



Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011