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Fraction Action

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Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by finding many examples in the world around them.

Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by finding many examples in the world around them.

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Overview

Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by finding many examples in the world around them.

Miss Prime and her animal students explore fractions by finding many examples in the world around them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Romping through boldly colored panels of art, Leedy's ( A Number of Dragons ; The Furry News ) congenial cast of animal characters helps introduce the concept of fractions. Five brief chapters tell stories as they teach. In the first, for example, Miss Prime explains basic fractions to her class of five. Balancing drawings of geometric shapes divided into sections and such familiar images as half of a sandwich and a pie cut into four pieces, Leedy makes it easy for youngsters to visualize what is meant by the various amounts. Other subjects tackled include sets, dividing objects into equal parts and subtracting and comparing the value of fractions. With mini math problems (answers to which appear at the end) and large doses of humor worked into the text, this classroom-oriented book adds up to sound, instructive fun. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
A classroom setting is a good choice for Leedy's Fraction Action because there is nothing subtle about the instructional intent of the book. The always enlightening Miss Prime leads her students and readers to an understanding of fractional parts of whole things (like sandwiches) and groups of things (like bags of marbles). Miss Prime poses problems that can be solved through logical thinking and doing. She helps her young mathematicians understand more about fractions than the classic representation as pieces of a pie. The style entertains; and the mathematics is current, sound, and applicable for learners with some, none, or quite a bit of experience with fractions. Have paper, scissors, marbles, and watermelon on hand, and be prepared to have fun!
Carolyn Phelan
This picture book presents math concepts through five little stories about teacher Miss Prime, possibly a slender hippo, and her multispecies students. Often divided into horizontal panels, the busy pages feature muted, chalk-box colors highlighted with brighter shades. Appearing in word balloons, the characters' conversations form the main text, along with facts seen on signs, blackboards, and overhead projection screens. Concepts include: dividing geometric shapes into fractions, dividing sets of objects into equal parts, cutting fruit into equal shares, and dividing a dollar into fractions. Although most of the concepts would fit into a first- or second-grade unit on basic fractions, the crowded layout and the many concepts presented make it potentially confusing as a classroom readaloud. However, as an introduction for an individual or small group, it could be useful, particularly in the hands of a parent or teacher who designs creative follow-up activities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823411092
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 963,155
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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