Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mark and Sally Learn To Tally!

One of my newest addictions is building up my content based books.  I have always gathered, collected, even hoarded children's lit. at garage sales, thrift shops, and the giveaway piles in teacher workrooms!  Lately I am refining my search to fit my learning standards because anchoring our learning to literature provides one more connection to content with language and visuals.  {and the real truth is that teacher loves to be inspired by literature!!}

So my new craze is ordering books on amazon to fit my math standards.  I have a full container of math literature at school in my classroom library, but this little arrangement below,  has been coming to me in bits and pieces from amazon sellers.  2 dollars here, 3 dollars there....I've got a little problem-- oh dear!

My latest inspiration is this little cutie below that I had never laid eyes on!  She could totally be NO David's sister.  Just look at that face!   If you click the picture it will take you to the amazon link for this book.  I clicked "get it used" for all of the books and they came looking perfectly new and unopened. It also knocked a few dollars off the price.
When I saw the book on amazon I ordered it. That day I began working on a new unit about teaching tally marks because I knew I wanted to use it near the beginning of first grade!  I began with the standards because you know they don't come right out and say teach tally marks.  I had to be sure it was a valid unit to create and all!  Turns out it hits many standards but three in particular that I put into the unit.  These standards are in kinder and first grade. When the book came in the mail my unit was mostly done, and the book did not disappoint!  I just love that I have a literature anchor and such fun hands on and differentiated lessons ready to go for next year! 

Check it Tally Lovers!!!

See this unit in my store {here}

What books do you recommend?  Have you discovered any amazing connections that made an old unit like new again?


  1. Super cute unit and super cute book!

    I love Sir Cumference but that's for older kids, but teaches radius and diameter.

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  2. LOVE this unit!! I started collecting these books about a year ago!

  3. I love how you have broken down tally marks. This unit looks great. My teaching partner and I spent last summer collecting math books and creating lessons to go with them. Six Dinner Sid is good for {higher level} thinking. I really like using literature in math instruction. Glad you created this.

  4. I kinda, super, really love this!! One of my favorite math books is Measuring Penny

  5. I love Tally O'Mally!

    Grandfather Tang is another one and also Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs for probability.

  6. If you teach punctuation, I can't recommend Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal enough. This book is AMAZING! It will seriously rejuvenate your writer's workshop! Here is the link on Amazon for your buying purposes.

    The Polished Teacher

  7. You are too fabulous! Love it all!

  8. Definitely getting this one! I think it will be a great supplement to my Tally Mark Tim unit, and I'm definitely putting that book on my wish list! :)

  9. You are addicted to math curriculum books, I may be addicted to YOUR UNITS!! Love them!! Thanks for creating such great things and for sharing them with all of us!!

  10. I am such a sucker for books! Looks adorable! And your unit is adorable!!!
    Crayons and Curls

  11. If you paste this in your web browser it will take you to the GA Math Units: In their units they offer great selections for math literature. Their unit plans are also great for CCSS & contain great ideas for teaching math.

    Kim Sutton at www.creativemathematics also has some great suggestions for math literature. Her trainings are FABULOUS!

    You have quite a few that I use regularly - Math Start & Math Counts have great titles for many concepts.

    I love books, math books can be so fun. Some of my favorites: Ten Flashing Fireflies, Ano's Counting Book, & One Grain of Rice.

  12. I noticed that you have The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns in your pile. She has a website "Math Solutions" and there used to be tons of free lessons related to math and literature on that site. She has also published 'manuals' that demonstrate how to use a book to bring forth a mathematical concept. Since you like Amazon try looking for Math and Literature:Grades K-1 and Math and Literature Grade 2-3, both Math Solutions publications. They are very easy to follow and demonstrate the possible interactions you might have with the students. I LOVE to use literature in math. It allows for real life situations to come forward for the students to understand the reason to learn the math. Good lick!

  13. I love the books. At one of my last meetings we were talking about integrating literature into math to meet CCS. I asked our PTO for a set of math stories--fingers crossed.

    I added your Tally Mark unit to my wish list for my back to school shopping spree.

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  14. I love The Greedy Triangle and I have a Berenstain Bears book about telling time that is very cute. I am your newest follower!

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  15. I CANNOT walk away from a book that relates to one of our standards. It's a problem. :D Tally O'Malley is adorable.

  16. I just finished teaching an introductory lessons on tally marks: . Your unit looks like a great way for my kids to review tally marks. Great work!

  17. One of my faves is "Benny's Pennies," I use it at the very beginning of our unit on money.

  18. I love Even Steven and Odd Todd that's great for odd and even. I also use Skittle math for fractions.

  19. Your blog is absolutely ADORABLE! I love to tie in children's literature into the content areas whenever possible. It's wonderful how many math related picture books they are coming out with now! I am your newest follower. I'd love for you to stop over to my blog and follow me as well!

    Adventures in Room 204

  20. OK could ya be any cuter?! This is fantastic and we're sure the kiddos love it as well! We are also pretty addicted to math literature that hooks into our lessons. They are such a great launching pad to intro those standards. Lovin Mark and Sally!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  21. Is this latest project? That’s really sweet and loving of you in putting up and completing your library. I believe your students will certainly enjoy all the funny and interesting books you have prepared for them. I certainly can say that you truly are one of a kind. Keep it up! Great job!

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