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Rodeo Time: Reading a Schedule (MathStart 3 Series)

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Yee–hah! It's rodeo time!

Bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, calf roping, the livestock show, the fiddling contest, and don't forget lunch –– how are Katie and Cameron going to fit it all in and still have time to help their uncle, Cactus Joe, with chores? By making a schedule, of course. But making a schedule and sticking to it turn out to be two very different things!

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Overview

Yee–hah! It's rodeo time!

Bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, calf roping, the livestock show, the fiddling contest, and don't forget lunch –– how are Katie and Cameron going to fit it all in and still have time to help their uncle, Cactus Joe, with chores? By making a schedule, of course. But making a schedule and sticking to it turn out to be two very different things!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
While learning about time and schedules, Katie and Cameron help their uncle, a bull rider, at the rodeo. Each day the children write up their activity time schedule, including the time for the chore that Cactus Joe, their uncle, assigns to them. On the first day Cameron and Katie, unfortunately, lose track of the time and arrive too late to help Cactus Joe with the task of watering the horses. The next day the children, not wanting to disappoint their uncle, try again and just barely make it on time to help catch calves. The following day's job for the children is handing out ribbons for the Bull Riding Championship (Cactus Joe's event). Katie and Cameron keep a close watch on the time and decide on an early start to the grandstand. Although they run into a few obstacles, the children arrive to the event on time for the big event. The illustrations include images of analog timepieces and schedules to remind the characters and readers of the concept of time. Following the story are helpful suggestions for activities around the concept of time and schedules that readers can relate to in their daily experience. The story may connect more with readers if the context revolved around events that children normally face as a part of their daily lives. Rodeo Time is a Level 3 book in the "MathStart" series. 2006, Harper Trophy/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.
—Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Katie and Cameron are at the rodeo, not only to watch, but also to help their uncle, Cactus Joe, the best bull rider in Texas. They must water the horses, catch loose calves, and hand out winning ribbons. At first, they don't get things done on time, but, through trial and error, they learn to create a schedule that enables them to perform their tasks and still watch the events. Math concepts are neatly integrated into the story as the two kids to learn to manage their time and see their uncle win the Bull Riding Championship. Wenzel's lively color cartoons create an authentic environment and enhance the excitement and suspense of the story.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060557799
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: MathStart 3 Series
  • Edition description: Level 3
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 284,052
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.

Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.

David Wenzel has illustrated Middle Earth:The World of Tolkien Illustrated, The Kingdom of the Dwarfs, and created the Hidden Kingdom line of greeting cards. He lives in Durham, CT.

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