Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Snowy Math

Snow and Math go hand-in-hand in more ways than you could probably begin to imagine. Today, I have two books for you, with two very different activities. The first, centering around the book, Millions of Snowflakes, is appropriate for pre-school through Kindergarten children who are hard at work recognizing numbers and making one-to-one correspondences.

Siddals, Mary McKenna.
Millions of Snowflakes.
September 1998.
Clarion Books.
Guided Reading Level: E
Source of Copy: Local Library.

Enjoying time outside on a cold, wintry day, a little girl takes delight in counting the snowflakes that are falling all around her. However, as the rate of snowfall picks up, this young girl soon comes to realize that she'll have a difficult time really counting the snowflakes... and recognizing that it might just be easier to declare "Millions of Snowflakes."

Rhyming text and simple illustrations make this ideal for young children (ages 3-6) and provides ample opportunity for practicing beginning counting skills and making one-to-one correspondence.

Learning Activity:

Have your child(ren) practice counting skills and one-to-one correspondence, as well as his/her reading and word recognition by working to complete "My Snowflake Counting Book." There is space for your child to either draw a picture of his/herself or to paste an actual photograph on each page, so there is a personal connection to be made!

Supplies Needed:
  • Millions of Snowflakes, Mary McKenna Siddals
  • My Snowflake Counting Book
  • Snowflake Stickers (15 per child)
  • Crayons/Markers/Pencil
  • Glue
  • Photographs
Activity Links:
If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to Amazon.com.