• Jessica Kaminski

Math Literature: 10 for Dinner

A few months back, some members asked me to include some math literature connections. You may want to check out The Doorbell Rang, The Greedy Triangle or The Grapes of Math for other great examples of using literature to discover math concepts. Now that it's freezing outside, we love to sit down with a good book and see how it connects to our math understanding. And I just found a whole slew of math literature books I had hidden away in the closet! (Score!) So, stay tuned for some more great resources!


This week, I wanted to share a fun one- 10 for Dinner by Jo Ellen Bogart! This book is about a girl named Margo who invites 10 children over for a birthday party. During the party, she describes the way the 10 children all choose different things to do.

Making 10 and understanding how it's composed is extremely helpful when students begin doing mental math. I love that this book gives multiple combinations of making 10. For example, Margo might have 3 kids playing tag, 2 kids playing jump rope, 4 kids playing hide-and-seek and 1 reading a book. It's such a great way for students to see how numbers are made of parts.


To enjoy this book, I have made a great resource that students can use while reading. Each page presents another way to show 10. Using my Making 10 resource, students can color in the parts of 10 and record an addition sentence.


I suggest printing this 2 to a page to make a small book. Read aloud to your students and have them use the appropriate number of colors to fill in the squares and then record the matching number sentence. If you print it whole page, students could also use connecting cubes or counters to show the page.


Either way, your students are going to have a blast extending their thinking of how ten is composed! Click below to download your FREE copy now! Leave me a comment and let me know how much your students enjoy this super cute book!





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