Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Chart Desserts - Must Read Math Mentor Text

I am linking up with my sweet friends, Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their weekly linky...

The book I am recommending this week is Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Desserts.

Here is some lovely information for you from a publisher:

The eighth book in the popular Sir Cumference series, Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert introduces readers to different methods of collecting data.  Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter are in a pickle. The castle cook is sick and the Harvest Faire is coming up—who will make the special dessert for this annual event? Two bakers in town, Pia of Chartres and Bart Graf, are up to the task. But after sampling Pia’s delicious pies and Bart’s scrumptious cookies, Sir Cumference and Lady Di just can’t choose! They come up with a solution: hold a contest and let the townspeople choose the dessert to be served at the faire. When Pia and Bart’s methods of tracking their votes fail, they each realize they need to come up with a better system. Pia places a colored candy around the edges of a pie dough and Bart stacks his cookie molds—each color candy or mold shape represents a different kind of pie or cookie. Thus, the pie chart and bar graph are born! But when the contest ends in a tie, Pia and Bart concoct a hybrid recipe that everyone enjoys.  This book is good for your brain because it provides:
Story elements, problem solving tactics, information about how to collect data and interpret and read graphs
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
(Math) Measurement and Data. Grade 1. Standard 4; Grade 2. Standard 10; Grade 3. Standard 3.
(College and Career Readiness) Reading Literature. Grades 1 to 3. Standards 1-7, 9, 10.

I will be using this book later this week, hopefully Thursday, as an introduction to our unit on data management. It is perfect for me since I plan on using Valentine candy and treats to hook my kids on collecting and organizing data!

Last year we used conversation hearts to collect data. Students had to make towers and record how many hearts they could stack before they fell over. Then as a class we tried to pull all of our data together and think of a way to display it. It was a really fun was to get started on data collection instead of just using survey questions. Here is a picture from last year and here is the post.


We also did an activity in which I hid 100 chocolate kisses in the classroom. Students had to find the kisses and we recorded how many each student found and then we worked on organizing hat data as well. We also focus on making statements based on the data - leading us towards mean, median, mode and range.

This year I will be doing each of these activities only I will try to change them up a bit as I have some of the same students. I am still thinking on that though!!

Here is a freebie I shared last year just in case you want to check it out.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!


  1. I have not seen this book and I thought if seen most of this series! Too cute! Have fun hiding your treats!! Have a great week!!!

  2. We are starting our data unit this Thursday too! Great timing on the book!
    A Tall Drink of Water


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