Calculating Area: Space Rocket!

Calculating Area: Space Rocket!

by John Burstein

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Children's Literature
The Math Monsters were preparing to blast off in their rocket ship. They needed a launch pad and decided to use square tiles to cover the square launch area. Each monster drew a picture of tiles placed in a pattern to try to cover the pad. After looking at the different drawings, they realized they needed the one that would cover the launch area completely. Mini had one with tiles in a ten by ten square that covered the best. Annie Ant supplied the fireproof tiles from her shop for the pad. There are corner questions in the book to stimulate the children to do some critical thinking about covering a square and finding the area. Activities coordinated with these corner questions are listed in the back of the book to help guide parents or teachers. The activities include using graph paper to draw squares and rectangles and counting squares to determine area. This book, part of the "Math Monsters" series, would be a beneficial addition to a classroom library. 2004, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 5 to 9.
—Sally Niezgoda
Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Based on a public television series, these stories feature four monsters that look like math symbols. In Area, the characters try to figure out how many fireproof tiles they will need to build a launchpad for their rocket. Mina draws a picture showing all of the tiles lined up in rows and they count them by 10s to come up with the answer. In Data, the creatures canvass the neighborhood to gather information about their friends' favorite pancakes in order to decide what kind to sell when they open a shop. Mina creates a bar graph to pull all of the information together. In the third title, the monsters receive a computer as a gift; follow the directions to set it up; and then play games, send e-mail, and go on the Internet. All three books are illustrated with computer graphics taken from the television series with text appearing below the pictures. Each spread has a question box asking students to predict what happens next, interpret the events, or share their knowledge. The last page contains activity ideas that adults can use with youngsters. Without the music and movement of the videos, these books are dull and the characters uninteresting. The stories do not clearly convey the concepts being covered and the dialogue is slow and silly.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Publication date:
Weekly Reader Early Learning Library: Math Monsters
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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