Math Mentor Text: How Big Is It? - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Math Mentor Text: How Big Is It?

It's Sunday, which means it's time to link up
with two cutie-patooties!!

This week is math week. I don't know about you, but it seems that my students have a hard time grasping measurement, not because they don't know HOW to measure, but they don't have a concept of size. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to pull my hair out because a kid thinks you should measure a pencil in pounds, or measure a football field with miles...

Then I found this book!

This book is AWESOME because it compares things that most kids actually have an idea about their size, to things they will probably never see in their a polar bear compared to some basketball players... or...a giant squid compared to a house!

The author gives great information and interesting data for the students to visually and numerically compare sizes. I did not read the book all in one day- it's a great book to do one or two pages a day and give them the opportunity to even solve problems about what they are seeing- for example, how could they figure out how long one of the squid's tentacles are?

After reading this book, it would be a great time to pull out my Measurement Word Sort Freebie! Have them not only sort where the words belong, but put them in order from smallest to largest in each column!
If you download the freebie, please leave feedback! :)

What books do you use for math? Go link up with Collaboration Cuties to share, and get some awesome ideas from others while you are there!

Funny that this week was Math Week for Collaboration Cuties, because it's also Math Week for Workshop Wednesday!
This Wednesday, the topic will be math manipulatives. I don't know about you, but I have BUCKETS of math manipulatives and they get used... but could they be used more? What are some ways that you use manipulatives in your room? You could share a lesson, a game, or even how you organize them in your room to keep them "on hand" but "not in the way!"

I hope all the mamas out there have a fabulous Mother's Day! I'm off to spend some time with my mama today! :)


  1. Looks like a great book! I have never seen it before... Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. This book is new for me, but it looks great! I just added it to my ever-growing wishlist! I can just see some of my kiddos really getting into it.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. This looks like an awesome book! Man, these link-ups sure do end up costing me lots of money! I feel you, though, on wanting to pull your hair out. Our little ones have no concept of size and this will help for sure!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Koonce’s Korner

  4. Um, ok. That squid picture really gives me the heebie-jeebies. So, you know that means that the kids would love it. (I mean, really makes me KNOW I won't be swimming out into the ocean when we go to the beach this summer. Super Ick).

    I think I may have this book...somewhere...I need to do some organizing for sure. I definitely need to use this book next year!

    Thanks for linking up MY cutie patootie j to the ivey (dang, I so wanted that to rhyme...cutie patootie jivearoovie...HA!)

    Hope you had a great day with your mom!

  5. I LOVE this book - my kiddos are fascinated by it!

    Thanks for sharing the freebie - this will definitely come in hand!

    Looking forward to linking up on Wednesday,
    Joy in the Journey

  6. Love the book, love the freebie, love it all!

    Thanks for the heads up about the linky theme on Wednesday - gives me time to tidy up the math manipulatives before taking a picture!!

    Hope you had a great day with your mom!

  7. Wow! That is a giant squid! Looks like a great book!

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  8. That is a fun book. Funny thing that you are doing math this week too because I am hosting my first MaTh activity Thursday Linky Party this week. I plan on doing your math manipulatives link up--thanks for the heads up.
    Kids Math Teacher

  9. Okay, I sat here and stared at that picture of the giant squid for like a minute! Gross!! We made scaled drawings of deep sea creatures earlier this year (the giant squid was a monster on the wall compared to some of the other tiny scaled down drawings!). This book would be perfect for that because of that one page! You always have the greatest posts friend:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. I need that book and I already have the FREEBIE! Used it and LOVED it! As always with ALL your products! See you Wednesday!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  11. This book looks so great! Thanks for the freebie!

    Compassionate Teacher


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