Mentor Text Linky - Anything is Possible and a Freebie


Happy Sunday everyone! I think tonight is going to be the hardest night in months - having to get ready, make lunches and get ready for school on a Monday morning. Until then I am going to link up and enjoy the wonderful linky hosted by Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties.




Here is the description from Amazon:

The sheep in this story is a dreamer, while her friend the wolf has a more practical disposition. One day the sheep runs to the wolf with an idea. She wants to build a flying machine! But the wolf tells her it's impossible. Eventually, however, the sheep's dream gets the better of the wolf's doubts, and they begin to work on the project together. Through perseverance and the process of trial and error, the sheep and wolf manage to create a winning design, brought to life by architecturally and mathematically inspired paper collage art. At the end of this whimsical tale, even the wolf has to admit that anything is possible!

I love this book. It is great for introducing math problem solving or inquiry based lessons. The idea of making a plan (choosing a strategy or math tool), the idea that sometimes your first idea does not work but you do not give up, you look at your plan, make some changes and try again. Here is a little sample of the book!



I just think this book is a great little intro to problem solving and talking about the steps and the need to try, try again.



I want to leave you with a little freebie math game I played this week - Superhero Addition Bump. You just need the sheet, 2 colors of counters and 2 dice. Roll the dice and place your counter on that number. If your opponent already has 1 counter on the number - Bump it off. If you get two counters on the same number you lock it up and can't be Bumped off. First person to place all 10 of their counters wins (except everyone wins since they are practising adding!). Click here for a copy (addition and multiplication versions).




15 comments

  1. I love the idea of using this book to teach kids to keep trying when problem solving. So many of my kids want to give up when they don't get the correct answer the first time. Thanks for sharing!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  2. That book look great and thanks for the lessons!

    Heidi
    Secondgradealicious!

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  3. This book looks like a great way to introduce problem solving!! In going to have to get this ASAP. Thank you so much for sharing it and for the bump game!!

    Have a great Sunday!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  4. I love these ideas! The Bump Game will be good to use on Friday (we usually do games/multiplication bee/etc. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. This looks like a great story! Thanks for the freebie!

    Karmen

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  6. Thanks for the cute game! I love it!
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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  7. Love this game!! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to introduce it to my kiddos!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  8. Must find this book...love the message it contains.

    Thanks for the Superhero Bump...my kids love it and seriously, they were playing a Halloween version all last spring and didn't care!

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  9. Books that help with problem solving are always great (and needed!). Thanks for sharing!
    Tamra and Sarah

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  10. Thanks for the freebie! Looks like fun! Leeann

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  11. Looks so fun! Thanks so much for sharing! Why aren't you selling those? They're so cute!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  12. Cute game! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  13. I'm always looking for mentor text ideas--thanks for this!
    The Wild Rumpus 

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  14. I tried to download Superhero Bump, but it said that the link has been disabled. Can you help me? Thanks!

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    1. Sorry about that, I fixed the link, hope you can still use the game.

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