I am excited to link up with Amanda and Stacia from Collaboration Cuties for their weekly mentor text linky! Today, we are talking math mentor texts which I must say is one of my favorite weeks in their weekly linky!
This year when sorting through my books I saw this gem mixed in “Each Orange had 8 Slices: a Counting Book” by Paul Giganti, Jr. I began reading it to my students and quickly realized this is an awesome book that I didn’t want to just read through but that I wanted to really talk about and discuss.
Each page in this story is filled with beautiful pictures that illustrate the questions posed. What I
like LOVE about this book is each of the questions posed have students dig deeper into story problems. They can not simply add the numbers they see below (which many of my first graders love to do.) They either have to use repeated addition or multiplication to solve. Now, multiplication for my little friends is a bit advanced but I do have one student who is practicing it because he as mastered both his addition and subtraction facts. This book will be a great connection and lead to a wonderful discussion about how multiplication can be looked at as repeated addition.