One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book by April Pulley SayreOne is a snail, two is a person, three is a snail and a person, four is a dog, five is a dog and a snail!
This is a really clever book which has strong cross curricular links with numeracy. The author is using feet/footprints as a counting tool. This is a great book which can be used across all primary year groups. The author carries on until 10 like this and then moves on to counting up to 100 (100 is ten crabs!) Lots of activities can stem from this book and can span a whole range of maths topics from basic counting to addition to algebra. E.g Are there any other ways we could make 100? (ie. 9 crabs, 1 dog and 6 snails)
Its just a really fun way of talking about maths without listing lots of numbers and sums. Pictures could be used instead children could match pictures of each animal/person to make various numbers. This could be a nice way of rounding up a week of numeracy lessons with some fun activities which still gets children using the same strategies and processes but in a way which will re engage them with the learning.
One is a snail ten is a crab
Login Register Over 31, Wishes Granted! Email Address:. Subscribe to Newsletter? This is a children's picture book that counts feet. For example one is a crab, two is a person, three is a person and a crab, four is a dog, five is a crab and a dog, six is an insect, etc.
Initially you may think that this book is for very young children who are learning to count but there are so many potential applications of this story. We looked at the different ways you could make a number and then represented these in picture form. We then had a go at solving multiplication and division problems using algebra. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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Simon is currently teaching K3, which is U. I asked if he would be willing to write a guest post, and he graciously agreed. His magical post arrived the day my family was leaving for our first trip to the magical land of Disney. Its summery beach scenes and bug-eyed cast of anthropomorphic seaside creatures bring light and humor to the counting book. Here for instance we see fifty as both five crabs enjoying a picnic and as ten dogs sunbathing on stripy towels. It would make a great introduction to numbers bigger than ten, but also presents that essential idea that the same number can be composed in different ways.