Friday, October 26, 2012

How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin?

TITLE:  How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin?
AUTHOR:  Margaret McNamara
ILLUSTRATOR:  G. Brian Karas
PUBLISHER:  Schwartz & Wade Books

Mr. Tiffin brings three pumpkins to school.  The children guess how many seeds are in each one.  They clean out the pumpkins and come up with three ways to count the seeds (by 2s, 5s, and 10s).  Besides the pumpkin lesson, a boy named Charlie learns that it is okay to be the smallest.

This would be a wonderful book for an elementary school classroom or library.  I can see this being read in a unit on pumpkins in a Kindergarten or 1st grade class, and then the class could count the seeds in various pumpkins as the kids in the book do.  I liked this book and that it included a simple lesson for Charlie (besides the math/pumpkin lesson).  

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