Take a Guess: A Look at Estimationby Janine Scott
Presents the concept of estimation and how important it can be to give an approximate measure, such as when adding a pinch of salt to a recipe or rounding off one's age.
Children's LiteratureWant to know how much something weighs but don't have a scale? Want to know the time but don't have a clock (or cannot read one yet)? Then it is time to use your estimation skills! This wonderful book explores the wide-ranging ways that estimation is, or can be, used in everyday life. If you want to know how much something will hold, look at the size of the container. If your stomach growls, then you know it is time for dinner. Without using measuring tools you can use your reasoning skills to draw conclusions about the world around you. Weather forecasters and chefs, two occupations which are highlighted, use such skills all the time. A short fun-filled fact section (including tips on how to tell the age of a horse) appears at the end. Other highlights in the book include bright, cheerful pages, terrific multi-cultural photographs, a glossary, index and reference section. 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 4 to 7.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-These offerings have age-appropriate vocabulary and align with national curriculum standards in math. Guess explores the concept of estimation and making approximations. The second title explains why we need to know the time and introduces different methods and devices used to determine the hour, but offers no instruction on reading a clock. The third book shows the importance of measuring and measuring correctly. Colorful photographs of children in real situations help present the concepts in an attractive manner. Appropriate guided reading levels and total word counts are noted. Educators may find these useful for instruction.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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