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Really Big Numbers: The 100 Dots Project

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The AMS sent me a copy (for free, yay me!) of their first publication ever – Really Big Numbers by Evan Schwartz. I loved reading the first few pages with K8, and it gave me an idea.

What if I used this in class to introduce numbers?

I started teaching at a private, special education school recently. I quickly figured out that everything I know about math education is wrong. I thought this book (and the activity that spawned from it) might work well.

And for once, with these kids, I was right!

Read only as much as you want…

Schwartz compares the book to a game of father-daughter bucking bronco: “The game is to stay on for as long as you can.”

For a book that’s 192 pages long, this is very helpful advice!

Schwartz gets us to 100 and then shows a few pages with 100 dots on them. At about page 26, there’s a prompt that any teacher would recognize as an activity:

So we did.

Enter the 100 Dots Project!

Each student got construction paper and some time with the die cut circle punch. The instructions: Make a picture with 100 dots.

Some students made actual pictures, some made pretty arrays. Some counted the dots first. Some counted them as they went.

And some students just glued dots until they felt like they had 100.

“How many dots DO you have?”

So the big question was, “Do you really have 100 dots?”

It took me a while to get them to count them (accurately) and not mess up their art.

I paperclipped an overhead projection transparency sheet on top of their work. Then they got a print-out of a Hundreds Chart and the die cut circle punch, again.

The new instructions: Glue 100 numbered dots on top of your dots (on the transparency) so we can see how many you really have.

Turned out that we had a wide range of numbers of dots. My favorite was this one:

Bigger Numbers and More Activities

We’ll continue the book soon. I haven’t read past where we stopped, so I can’t wait to see what we’ll be up to next!

In the meantime, what kinds of pictures would your students come up with if offered the 100 Dots Project?

4 Responses to Math Picture Book: One Grain of Rice

1. I love good math picture books, and this looks like a fun one! I recently taught my 3-year-olds about doubling using Double the Ducks from the MathStart series. This looks like it would be a good next step on that same concept.

• Bon says:

I haven’t seen that one yet, Lilac, but I’m definitely going to put it on my Amazon wish list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

2. I am so glad you shared about this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library.

• Bon says:

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Julie. It is a beautiful treat!

2 Responses to Math Picture Book: Perfect Square

1. It is always great to see literacy links. I like the art aspect of this. We have tried to team up with the art teacher to reinforce ideas. This is one I may be able to use. It comes at a good time as we are looking at square and square roots as part of our unit on Pythagorean Theorem.

• Bon says:

How cool, Richard! Please share some pix – or link back to them posted on your site. Or even tweet me on that. I’m so excited for you!

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1. Your reminder on spelling Fibonacci is cute!!! I’m sure you have many more… (Please share).

Great feature on this wonderful book. We had the pleasure of a skype visit with Joe D during our 2nd Math and Literature Affair in Feb. 2011. The question and answer session was very memorable. Brilliant way of weaving his love for math, history, and art.

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8 Responses to Teaching Math with Picture Books

1. Speaking of Marilyn Burns, we’ve been reading The Greedy Triangle. A book that’s not math, but still has math in it and is fun is “Press Here” by Hevre Tullet. My son loved it and after a few readings made his own “book pages” with sticker dots that had some simple instructions I had to follow.

• Bon says:

Putting those on my list now, Yelena! I have told myself that I can’t buy new books until I publish info about the ones I have. Guess I’ll be getting on my publishing stick!

Thanks for stopping by!

2. Carmen McAlister says:

Zero the Hero has been a favorite with all 3 of my under 6 children

• Bon says:

Very cool, Carmen. Thanks so much for sharing it!

3. Janice stokes naumann says:

I love 1,2,3 By The Sea. A great counting book. You can also get it on the ipad-

• Bon says:

Thanks for the information, Janice. I’m going to have to con you out of a copy of this!

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