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Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

Cindy Neuschwander

Lady Di of Ameter, Sir Cumference, and Reginald Parton, the Earl of Fracton are all enjoying the Fracton Faire. Here at the faire, one can buy all of just part of a good being sold. In this way, the book explains numerators and denominators, equal parts, and equivalent fractions…

Use the weekly advertising circulars you get in the mail to help your child practice using decimals in arithmetic. Let them choose their favorite products and identify their prices then challenge them with different tasks using each of the operations.

In this activity, your child will sort candy by color and determine what fraction of the total each color group represents. Then, candy pieces are drawn blindly and the results are compared to the probability indicated by the original fractions. 

This game is good practice for comparing fractions. With multiple numerators and denominators to work with, your child can try out a number of different strategies to compare. 

This is a great game for practicing adding decimals while also thinking about the place values involved. The object of the game is to create whole numbers and decimals in order to get close to or reach 500 without exceeding it.

Ellen Raskin

This is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. A group of sixteen people must solve a puzzle that Samuel W. Westing has left in his will in order to get the inheritance. Clever and funny, it is a great mystery book filled with lots of characters, as well as twists and turns…

Teri Daniels

Mrs. Gourd’s class heads to Mighty Mart to see math in action. Garth, an employee (and Math Man), gives them a tour of the store. Situations are presented involving fractions, percent, arithmetic, and money. Mice in the corner of each page express the situations using equations…

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The main character, a young girl, hears her teacher announce that everything can be thought of as a math problem, and suddenly feels she is under a math curse. She now sees everything in her life as a math problem…

Patricia Polacco

If you have not read any Patricia Polacco books, you should know that she is a fantastic author and illustrator, writing dozens of children’s books. Many of her books are personal narratives, and we do an author study on her at the beginning of the year in third grade. In this particular book, Patricia is a small child afraid of thunderstorms, with a big storm on the way…

Stuart J. Murphy

Only one kid at camp gets to wear the grizzly costume in the end of camp parade, and several kids are vying for the spot. Using percentages and pie charts, the results of three polls as well as the final results are shown. It also reinforces throughout that 100% is the whole, in this case the whole camp…

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