Loading... ## Math Potatoes: Mind-stretching Brain Food (edition 2005)## by Greg Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator)Greg Tang has mixed poetry and math in a fun yet challenging way. Kids will love the illustrations as much as the poems. The math puzzles that the pages contain include concepts such as symmetry, multiplication, addition, estimation, subtraction, quadratic equations. ( ) The same as Grapes of Math (see that review), but I think this one is a bit more complicated and works best after Grapes of Math (but I may be wrong). This book has mini stories on every page relating to math. It starts off describing cards playing Texas hold 'em. It continues on to a sock hop, where socks are either in pairs or dancing as singles. It uses penguins, pearls, and potatoes to introduce math concepts and counting throughout the rhyming stories. This is informational fiction. This is appropriate for younger grades due to the math content. Excellent book on different math functions!! A little complex though for young students… I would save this book for fourth or fifth grade students. Genre: Informational Not just any regular math children's book, but one that combines rhyming poetry, patterned illustrations, and challenges! This is a great book to introduce with a math concept. It combines poetry, and fun patterns in order to create organizational counting methods. This is a flexible book as well, because you can create some of the materials in a real life situation for class, and turn it into a fun activity that way. Also, the poems can be turned into song as well. The patterned illustrations help the young readers to count in a formulated manner, rather than getting overwhelmed and lost while attempting to count a high number of objects. Greg Tang has mixed poetry and math in a fun yet challenging way. Kids will love the illustrations as much as the poems. The math puzzles that the pages contain include concepts such as symmetry, multiplication, addition, estimation, subtraction, quadratic equations. Summary: Each page of the book presents a new math problem for the reader to do, in a fun and creative way. Some pages include topics like nuts, seashells, roses and other fun things. The author uses the objects to create riddles that the reader would enjoy doing because the words and illustrations are so colorful and creative. In the back of the book the author lists the answers to all of the problems. Critique: Genre: This is a good example of an informational book as well as fantasy book. The author focuses on math throughout the entire story, but includes tiny pieces of fantasy by bringing to life things such as animals. The author also gives some of the objects feelings and emotions. Plot: The plot of this book restarts on each page. Each page has it's own little rhyming story from beginning to end. This is an essential aspect of the book because any page could be taken and used by itself, which would be extremely helpful for math lessons. There is not an overall plot, just a lot of miniature ones. Media: Created on the computer. Content Summary: math, riddles, numbers, problems Website: http://www.gregtang.com/ This is Greg Tang's personal website that talks about his personal life and his work. Another great addition to any classroom. This author is amazing! Love his use of rhyme and math! I absolutely loved this book! I thought it was a great way to help the kids like Math. This is a Math book that I decided to read aloud to my 5th grade class, and they loved it. This has lots of fun riddles and thoughts for the kids to hear. www.gregtang.com This is an example of poetry because the author uses it to make us laugh and to give us a message about solving math problems and easier ways to do that. This is a great book of poetry because it's fun and has a simple rhyming scheme that makes it easy to read and listen to. Each poem is a math problem and each poem has a picture to accompany it. They deal with addition, subtraction, grouping, estimating, and multiplication. Media: computer Tang uses rhyming couplets to help students learn problem solving strategies for making math easier, such as looking for patterns and symmetry and groups of equal size. My students always had aha moments as I read this aloud and explained how to use the strategies suggested by Tang. See his other books: The Grapes of Math, Math Appeal, Math For All Seasons and The Best of Times. Colorful illustrations and fun clues through poetry assist children to solve the problems. Clever! This book is a creative way to teach patterns, problem-solving, grouping and other math concepts to children of an appropriate age level. |
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