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Shaping Up Summer

Flatt, Lizann (Author)
Barron, Ashley (Illustrator)
Owlkids 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
Series: Math in Nature
ISBN: 9781926973876 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 516
Book type: Non-Fiction

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Math concepts combine with poetic prose to teach readers about geometry, symmetry and spatial sense. The story begins by asking the reader whether math matters to animals and plants. What if nature knew its numbers the way people do? “Should skunks sketch warning shapes onto the ground/before turning their black-and-white backsides around?” “Would narwhals sort the ice?/Choose the chunks they think are nice?”

Each spread includes nature-themed text as well as a math concept question, such as “Can you see a sphere, a cube, a rectangular prism, a pyramid, and a cylinder?” Lyrical text and interactive questions create an engaging approach to the subject.

Vibrant cut-paper collage evokes the natural wonders of summer, from scavenging skunks to ghost crabs digging in the ocean sand, and encourages readers to recognize the math embedded in their natural surroundings.

Nature notes at the end provide additional information on moles, spiders, puffins and a host of other creatures that make an appearance in the book’s pages. One of the Math in Nature series.

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    Share your prior knowledge about shapes. Start a class anchor chart of geometry vocabulary. Add to it as you read.

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    Go back through the book and answer the math questions in the rectangles.

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    Create a cut-paper collage picture. Add a question. Post it in the hall for others to answer.

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    Go on a picture walk. Describe the animals and the environment. Add new vocabulary to class anchor charts or to your personal picture dictionary.

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    Go back through the book and answer the math questions in the rectangles.

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    Create a cut-paper collage picture. Add a question. Post it in the hall for others to answer.

  • To solve problems
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Mathematics