In my classroom, I have a book basket for all of my math read alouds. Anytime I find a book I can use as a math mentor text I simply put it in that basket. Some of the books have specific lessons that I have created to extend the learning. Other books I read to help expose and talk my students through specific concepts.
Each page in this story is filled with beautiful pictures that illustrate the questions posed. What I
To make the most of this fabulous mentor text, I plan on reading one problem each day this week (instead of doing the entire book in one day) as a quick math warm-up. When reading this page to my first graders tomorrow I know many will shout out, "11" because students immediately take the numbers (3, 6 and 2) and add them together without truly thinking about the question that is being asked. However, my hope is by the end of this week students will know that I am trying to "trick" them and they will take their time-draw a picture and truly solve the problem!
To continue this activity up to Winter Break I made a quick freebie to use the following week with my first graders. Click on either of the pictures below to grab your copy. Enjoy!
Thank you again to Amanda and Stacia for hosting this linky! I always find so many great mentor texts to use in my classroom. If you haven't already, make sure you hop on over to Collaboration Cuties for some great math mentor texts!