Task:

A. Reflect on the following questions:

1. In what circumstance(s) would you use a picture book to teach a specific skill/ concept ?

2. Describe your teaching/learning setting and the specific student(s) for whom the targeted lesson would be designed:

B. Post your thoughtful remarks on the following blog:

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I would use a picture book to teach math in any grade but especially in the lower grades or special education classes.

In this instance, we used our book 100 frogs and 10 flies in kindergarten to connect with the kindergarten math standards. Which is to count by 1s and 10s to 100. It would be used in a whole class setting, small group and individual learning.

By: Lacey Fournier

Picture books are an engaging way to introduce and teach a new math skill or concept. Picture books can often be found online and some are even turned into songs. Students can use the picture book as a visual representation of the math skill and use the words to help understand the skill. Books are a good tool to have for students to use as a reference throughout a unit.

The book "The Grapes of Math" written by Greg Tang is a great book to use when introducing and teaching counting and subtraction. Instead of having students rote count or memorize, the book encourages students to use creativity and common sense. This book could be used for almost all age groups, but for our particular lesson we are focusing on 1st and 2nd graders. We would begin the lesson by having students count by 5's with a partner. During the read aloud, the teacher would model one page and then have students answer another page with a partner. To extend the book, students would draw and create their own page for a partner to solve.

Madison, Jesseca Y, Kayla

We would use a picture book to teach a specific skill/concept when we are introducing something new or trying to expand on something we just learned. Picture books also allow students to have a visual representation of a concept/skill.

We chose the book "Inch by Inch" by Leo Lionni, which introduces the word "inch" as a vocabulary word and as a unit of measurement. This lesson would be targeted for second grade students. Throughout the story, we would stop and talk about estimation and what can be measured vs. what can't be measured. After reading the story, we would do an extension activity where each student would get a construction paper "inch worm." They will find objects around the room to measure with their worm. We will end the lesson with a class discussion/closure.

The picture book we decided to use is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. This story is designed to introduce the concept of subtraction and reinforce the vocabulary of "How many are left." This could be used to directly teach this concept or could be used as a supplemental reinforcement. We chose to use this as part of a direct lesson and include a companion project as well. It includes manipulatives and application of mathematical symbols. Picture books are a great tool to incorporate int othe classroom and helps students of all abilities.

This book is geared towards first grade. First grade is when students are first introduced to mathematical symbolsand are taught to count forward and backwards. This book is a perfect tool to incorporate into lessons because it is engaging and fun.

## Kim’s Reflection Post:

## If a book is appropriate and helps you teach the lesson I would use a picture to engage the students in learning a new concept. For our lesson we used Pete The Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. This picture book teaches students how to subtract in a fun way.

## In a first grade classroom I would read aloud Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons to the whole classroom or do a small group to teach the subtraction concept. There would be visuals and extension activity available for students at the end of the lesson.

1. I would say the best time to use a picture book would be when you first introducing a new skill or concept to help children really grasp the understanding and meaning of what it is they are going to be learning about. Picture books are great to visualize to get their imaginations and minds working. Tying picture books into a review of a lesson will also help trigger a student's memory.

2. The lesson using the book The Grapes of Math would be used in a 1st or 2nd-grade inclusion class. This lesson is done as a whole group to start to introduce the concept and skills being taught which is counting by 5 and subtraction. The students would then break into small groups and continue with an extension activity.

I would use a picture book to help represent new concepts to students and to help give my students a memorable experience of what is being taught. I would use Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons to teach a subtraction lesson. I would use this activity with a first grade classroom. Throughout the story a visual representation would be used and an extension activity would be done at the end of the story for students to create their own Pete The Cat with real buttons or other concrete material available and make an equation to represent their Pete creation. -Jessica R.

I would use our picture book lesson on "Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons" to introduce subtraction. Having a fun book with illustrations of subtracting will help the students have a visual representation. Then by having the companion activity the students also get the concrete action of doing it themselves.

I could use this teaching setting to teach a whole class or a small group. It can also be used as a center for math instruction!