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A Holiday with Too Many Tamales

How is it possible to have too many tamales? Well, Maria finds out in the book Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. In this holiday storybook, what starts out as a fun experience helping mama make tamales becomes a frantic search for mama’s wedding ring. But it’s in the search that Maria and her cousins are faced with the math concept of too many.

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3 Magic Cauldron Books for Kids to Mathematize the Season

One of the most classic images of the Halloween season is a witch’s magic pot or cauldron. Singing about witches’ brew and reading tales of magical pots can also be a great way to introduce math concepts… as long as you find the right book! Below are three of our favorite magic cauldron tales that could be introduced during the Halloween season (or any time) to spark discussion around important math ideas such as doubling, capacity, and measurement.

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Intentional Teaching Comes to Life with Big Shoulders Project

A Chicago-area teacher’s intentional teaching and efforts to differentiate for students of varying ability and confidence resulted in a rich math lesson. Based on Audrey Wood’s classic book The Napping House, students created their own books with the details and content unique to themselves.