Teaching Sequencing and Fractions with Just One Book


Fractions are one of the toughest skills to teach students, but The Wishing Club could be a big help. Mentor texts work well when we're trying to teach something new to our students. They can explain concepts, grab attention, provide examples, and can even offer teachers a new way to present material.


Description:

Today, I thought I'd share a little about the book, The Wishing Club. It may not be well known, but you should be able to find it at your local public library. With the book, you can tie fractions to real-life examples.

Here's what the Amazon description says about it:
Petey wishes on the first star he sees, but instead of the dollar he hopes for, he gets only a quarter. The next night his little brother Joey wishes for a cookie--and gets just half of one. The twins, Sally and Samantha, don't fare much better.

Try as they might, the children each wind up with a fraction of what they wished for. Can they figure out how to combine their wishes to wind up with one whole, happy pet?

This charming blend of storytelling and math will keep young readers engaged till the very end.

Teaching Ideas:

I love how the book is introduced. Here is a snapshot of the opening pages.  As the story is told, the children make wishes and get varying fractions of what they wished for. I thought this book would work well using fraction towers to model the part they get and how it compares to the other fractions and what they'd need to do to have equivalent fractions. As a post reading, teachers might use a sorting activity to find equivalents.

For reading skills, this book works well for sequencing. This graphic organizer I made a while back could be used to track the story events. 
To teach the comparison of fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and equivalent fractions, teachers might use [this lesson plan and materials] from the Virginia Department of Education.  I loved the lesson plans available to teachers and used them this summer with a tutoring student.  This is just one example of what's available. 

Well, I'm not a math teacher, but I hope this book comes in handy in your upper elementary classroom.  Picture books can be used for so many skills, so when you're looking for a way to model a comprehension skill, review a social studies or science concept, or present a math skill, consider grabbing a book that hooks your kids.  I hope this one does just that!

Until next time, happy reading!


Carla
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