Saturday, August 25, 2007
The Compleat Cast of Characters in Literature
says right on the cover: "EVERY CHARACTER EVER"
very cool book; lists over 8000 characters and what books they appeared in. almost reads like a school yearbook, just flip through some pages and see who you recognize -- oh yeah, I remember him.... It would be nice to find one like this that focuses on children's literature, with maybe a little more on each character's info. I'll keep looking.
Friday, August 24, 2007
G is for Googol Schwartz
alphabetical math terms/concepts; good illustrations, bad jokes, ideas for students to relate to concepts, various grade levels
Tiger Math Nagda and Bickel
graphs; picture graphs for comparisons, pie chart (part of a whole). easy to follow, clear graphs to give students ideas to create their own
Math Curse Scieszka, ill. Smith
funny, jokes; good for intro to math/fractions/word problems, then review during or after unit to solve the problems; could use each page for fun parts of assignments to each math concept.
A Three Hat Day Geringer, ill. Lobel
read to younger as counting book/beginning reader; intro to “3rd” “4th”
Math Appeal Tang, ill. Briggs
how demoralizing and depressing -- I’ll cop to being confused by algebra, but elementary counting riddles???? yikes…. oh, thank goodness the answers/explanations are in the back! Clever, cute illustrations, concept is pattern recognition and counting skills.
Roman Numerals Adler
Roman numerals… hence the title.
Fraction Action Liddy
real life examples and good visuals (mostly food) of fractions and sets
How Much is a Million? Schwartz, ill. Kellogg
explanation/comprehension of mill-,bill-,trillion, and how the examples were calculated (1 gallon water per 1” goldfish) -- good for encouraging questioning of “facts”
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The Number Devil A Mathematical Adventure
by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Ok, kind of a strange text book. A kid actually looks forward to going to bed at night and dreaming of... math!!! Normal children dream of Nintendo, superheroes, Hanna Montana, but this one does math problems in his sleep.
It's actually a cool book; I did not understand all the concepts and explanations, but I don't have to understand it to teach it, do I? There are lesson/game ideas to make math "fun" and it's a different way to introduce and explain decilmal, factorials, and dividing by zero... some kids could probably get a lot out of it just from the engaging story, and learn something almost accidentally.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Newbery Medal 1977
Quality. Very engaging, lots of directions to go with discussions on race and interpersonal relationships, plus room for predictions -- what happens next?
Trollbridge Yolen and Stemple (2006)
fun, entertaining, but too many characters to keep track of.. is she the hero, is he? And where did the fox go for half the book?
...but you can download cool merit badges (to gluestick to the bookcover?) at http://dangerousbookforboys.com/Badges.pdf