Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One is a Snail Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))One is a Snail Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book, written by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre and illustrated by Randy Cecil, is a very unique counting book.  As the subtitle suggests, the counting is done using feet.  A snail has one foot and so a snail is one.  A snail is also used to combine with other creatures if there is no creature that has the number of feet needed, for example three is a person plus a snail.  When the counting gets to 10 it then starts counting by tens up to 100, showing two different ways to get each number using the same creatures as was used for the numbers 1-10.

Anna and I love this book!  There is so much fun and learning packed into it.  It's a great resource for math.  It provides a fun way to count by ones and also by tens.  Multiplication can also be brought into the picture with the different combinations to make the tens numbers.  You can also get some science learning in there by researching the different creatures.

On April Pulley's website she provides links to One is a Snail worksheets.  There are three different levels of worksheets available.

One is a Snail Ten is a Crab is a great book to read just for fun, but it's also a great book to use to put some fun into some math and science lessons.

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