Learning basic addition and subtraction facts can seem so tedious because the content just needs to be repeated and repeated in order to encourage understanding. Word problems can be a whole additional challenge for young learners, which is why I’ve always loved using picture books and stories to help to illustrate these concepts.
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This new book Pigeon Mathbook written by Asia Citro and illustrated by Richard Watson is an awesome book resource for illustrating addition and subtraction within 10 flexibly through a silly pigeon story! I was sent an advanced copy for review by Innovation Press and fell in love.
Of course I went right to work creating some extension activities to pair right along with this book and I’d love for you to check them out!
- One of my favorite ways to assess student learning is to have students write their own story problems. With these free templates and a free book cover, you’ll be able to print and create a class book with your student written pigeon story problems!
2. If your students could use a little extra practice with addition and subtraction story problems, this solve along reader is a great way to use this book to do it! Each page includes the basic story problems that go along with the book. Students can draw a math picture to match and then write the equation and complete the answer sentence for each page. This is a great follow up to reading and can easily be modeled while reading!