Super Sand Castle Saturday: Measuring (MathStart 2 Series)

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One Saturday at the beach, Laura, Juan, and Sarah decide to have a sand castle contest. As the tide rises, the walls get longer, the towers get taller, and the moats get deeper. The friends measure their sand castles with spoons, shovels, and bare feet until Larry the lifeguard and his tape measure surprise them all.

Introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement as three friends compete in a sand castle building contest.

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One Saturday at the beach, Laura, Juan, and Sarah decide to have a sand castle contest. As the tide rises, the walls get longer, the towers get taller, and the moats get deeper. The friends measure their sand castles with spoons, shovels, and bare feet until Larry the lifeguard and his tape measure surprise them all.

Introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement as three friends compete in a sand castle building contest.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Larry the lifeguard is having a contest to see who can build the sandcastle with the tallest towers, deepest moat and longest wall, all before the tide comes in. Sarah wants to build the tallest tower, but sees that Juan's tower is getting tall also. They decide to use their shovels to measure which tower is higher. Juan and Laura use spoons to measure which moat is deepest. The kids use their feet to measure who has the longest wall. When the contest is over, Larry uses a measuring tape to repeat the measurements. The results differ from the kids' initial findings, because they were not using a standard measure. A brief parent's guide also suggests other books that might be of interest. Beautiful stylized illustrations are clean and colorful but elaborate enough to be visually interesting. The simplicity of this artwork makes it easier to follow the measuring concepts discussed.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Under Larry the Lifeguard's watchful eye, three friends compete to see who can build the tallest sand castle, the deepest moat, and the longest wall. When they start to measure the results, trouble begins because each contestant uses a different nonstandard unit of measurement. Sarah's tower is three shovels tall; Juan's is only two shovels tall, but Sarah's shovel is much smaller than Juan's. And voil -the concept of measurement is aptly and creatively presented. Murphy does a good job of imparting the math lesson while delivering a natural story. Gorton's stylized airbrushed acrylics add a whimsical touch. The multiethnic cast frolics on the beach with energy. The illustrations clearly show the comparisons while the children are measuring and complete the picture of how a moat that's two spoons deep could be more shallow than the moat that is one spoon deep. Pair this with Loreen Leedy's Measuring Penny (Holt, 1998) for a complete picture of measurement and comparison. And remember Larry's advice, "Spoons and shovels and people's feet can all be different sizes,...but an inch is always an inch."-Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467209
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: MathStart 2 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 126,655
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.98 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.33 (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.

Julia Gorton has loved to get wet since her days as a teenage member of the Aquaettes. A local synchronized swim team. She is still passionate about water and is working to get a community pool built.

For a decade she has been delighting children with her inspired illustrations and dazzling designs. Her work can be found in the Science Play book I See Myself by Vicki Cobb, the MathStart book Super Sandcastle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy, and Ten Rosy Roses, by Eve Merriam. Julia Gorton lives in a sprinklerfilled community in New Jersey with her husband, author-illustrator Daniel Kirk, and their three children, who splish and splash all around the town.

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