The Best Vacation Ever: Collecting Data (MathStart 2 Series)

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This busy family needs a vacation, but they don't know where to go. Mom and Dad want peace and quiet. Grandma wants to go somewhere hot. Fluffer wants to go somewhere that pets can go, too! Not to worry, our pig-tailed narrator gathers data and makes a chart to help determine the perfect vacation destination. Learning math is fun when a vacation is the answer!

This is a Level 2 MathStart book, which is perfect for kids ages 6 and up. The MathStart series uses funny stories and ...

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Overview

This busy family needs a vacation, but they don't know where to go. Mom and Dad want peace and quiet. Grandma wants to go somewhere hot. Fluffer wants to go somewhere that pets can go, too! Not to worry, our pig-tailed narrator gathers data and makes a chart to help determine the perfect vacation destination. Learning math is fun when a vacation is the answer!

This is a Level 2 MathStart book, which is perfect for kids ages 6 and up. The MathStart series uses funny stories and colorful art to show kids that they use math every day, even outside of the classroom! Each book features an activity guide to have fun with the math concepts presented in the story.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This book is part of the "Math Start" series. As such, its intention is more to showcase a math skill than to tell a good story. However, it manages to do both-thanks in large part to the comical illustrations supplied by Westcott. The math skill is collecting data, and the data being collected here has to do with where the family should vacation. It's a real issue, studied by applying real math skills. What a great message to give young readers! And what a great way to inspire young mathematicians to pursue such investigations themselves-whether they're at school or at home. Also in the series are Divide and Ride and Every Buddy Counts.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3This series of introductory math books presents various concepts on different levels. The Best Vacation Ever shows how a family decides where to go on vacation (problem solving); Divide and Ride shows how 11 children are able to sort themselves into smaller groups in order to go on different rides at a carnival. In Every Buddy, a young girl counts her friends and her pets. All books are simply written but very clear, and concepts are explained in a number of ways. The cartoon illustrations are of average quality and capture the many characters' diverse activities. Suggestions are presented at the end for related activities, such as planning a picnic, dividing snacks, and measuring to make cookies. An entertaining approach to progressive levels of math concepts.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
This entry in the MathStart series demonstrates that collecting data and tabulating results can help the decision- making process.

A girl with an active, overscheduled family puts math to work to coordinate a family expedition. She uses charts to plot her family's preferences: Should they go far away or remain nearby? Go someplace warm or cold? Have fun or relax? Bring the cat or leave it at home? By tabulating the results the family discovers the majority favors a warm, local, cat-friendly, fun destination (that the family is a democracy is assumed, but then, the goal is math, not civics)—in other words, the backyard. Amiable watercolor illustrations accompany the clumsy rhymes: "What about excitement?/We'd like some quiet and some rest./We have such a good time here/that a fun place would be best." Two pages of instructions are included for imagination-impaired adults ("Ask the child to answer the girl's questions: `How about you? Would you rather take a vacation somewhere warm or cool?' "). Serviceable fare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467063
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: MathStart 2 Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 103,011
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 30L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.81 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.09 (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.

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated numerous books for children, including How to Grow a Picket Fence by Mary Louise Cuneo and two popular children's songs: There's a Hole in the Bucket and Over the River and Through the Wood. She has also illustrated another book in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series: I Can Tell by Touching by Carolyn Otto. Ms Westcott lives on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.

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