Must Read Mentor Text - Full House (no not the t.v. show!!)

It is Sunday and that means it is time to find some new books through Amanda and Stacia's awesome linky....

This week we are sharing math mentor texts. The book I am sharing is...

Here is the description from Amazon:

Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn, and she loves visitors. All through the day she welcomes a cast of hilarious characters until all the rooms are taken. It’s a full house! But in the middle of the night, Miss Bloom senses that something is amiss — and sure enough, the guests are all downstairs eating dessert. Readers will be inspired to do the math and discover that one delicious cake divided by five hungry guests and one doting hostess equals a perfect midnight snack at the Strawberry Inn. Piece of cake!

That is right, this book helps introduce the concept of fractions. Now I am going to let you in on a little secret: teaching fractions is my weakest area in math, sshh!! I know this, I have known it for a few years, but this year I really focused on trying to improve how I taught fractions. I tried to use a lot more inquiry, a lot more manipulatives and a lot of practice (often I have rushed through this unit because of upcoming testing). This book is something that I added this year and will definitely use again.

Here is a sample from the book:

I love the rhyming and silliness of this book and how easy it is to develop extension activities based on sharing room in a house (apartment building, our classroom etc) to sharing food (and who doesn't love sharing food!)


  1. Thanks for sharing the book. I'm going to have to check this out.

    I was a little dissapointed this didn't have anything about the TV show. :(
    No Danny Tanner, Joey, or Uncle Jessie.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  2. I just ordered this book through Barnes and Noble, so I am happy to hear a good review from a teacher. I look forward to using it with my students. Thanks for sharing!

    Foreman Teaches

  3. Aaaaaand here goes another book in the cart. This looks so great! Kids have such a hard time with the concept of fractions......
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  4. I need to buy this book. I have this book on my wishlist, just hasn't made it into my cart.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. I really like this lesson idea! I am trying to add more context to my story problems, and I think this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    Eclectic Educating

  6. Fractions are one of the most challenging concepts for my students to learn. Thank you for providing another resource to help!


  7. Another book I've never heard of...surprise surprise! ;O)

    I love this and it looks awesome for introducing fractions (which is not my favorite math skill by the way). Anything to make it fun!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  8. Sounds like a fun and useful book. I will have to check it out.
    So many great ideas with this linkup. Thanks for sharing yours.
    Have a great week.

    School Is a Happy Place

  9. Thanks for sharing! This book looks super cute!

    Koonce’s Korner


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