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Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out (Bedtime Math Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 59 user ratings
ISBN:1250047757
LANGUAGE:English

" Fun little factoid stories with math questions for different ages/levels at the end of each story. " said.

" A cute story for math lovers Pre-K to 6th! You can explore the answers to different "burning questions" you might have while ending it with a related word problem that is age appropriate for the reader. I learned a lot of cool information and I'm an adult! " said.

" All the books in this series are brilliant and fun. What a great way to turn stories into math. Not the painful "story problems" that you are thinking of. These are a delight for grownups and children alike as you read and solve them together. " said.

" We used this book during our family basket time. My children found the boom amusing and I found that the kids were engaged with the ability to work the problems. I was really impressed with my 5 year olds ability to even figure out the problems that I gave my 8 year old. " said.

" Definitely going to recommend this to parents! Love the different questions for the different age levels. Love the concept of night time math just like night time reading. I hate to say it, but it makes me think of the new Smart Balanced (Common Core) state test where there is a passage (yes, even in math) and then questions that relate to that passage. Will have to grab these for my classroom as well! " said.

"Who says that math can’t be fun. This bedtime story book features spreads with brief narratives about the origins of common sayings and other interesting factoids followed by three math posers. The three related math questions are listed by degree of difficulty rather than age/grade levels: “wee ones,” “little kids,” “big kids.” These are followed by a bonus question. Answers require basic math operations, counting skills, and size concepts. This entertaining book provides an excellent opportunity for parents to increase their child’s math skills in a less structured and manageable sitting. Colorful, cartoon illustrations keep the tone lighthearted and less didactic. This is a great way for parents or caregivers to integrate math skills into the daily routine. A bright equation chart at the end provides explanations/answers to the questions for each story. The book is a worthwhile addition to any school or public library." said.

"Written by the same author of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late and Bedtime Math: This Time It's Personal, the book does exactly what the previous volumes do--make math fun and practical. Math problems are nestled within interesting anecdotes about marshmallows, ice cream, how the Egyptian pyramids were built, and how slowly sloths move, among other interesting topics. After the information has been provided, the author concocts four different math problems related to the topic, one for very young readers, one for youngsters or little kids, one for older kids, and a more challenging, bonus problem. Naturally, the problems get harder for the older readers. With more than 100 math problems, all accompanied by bright and colorful illustrations that entice readers with their cartoonish effect, this book just might succeed in making math more popular and fun for youngsters and their parents. It's surely a lot better than any book filled with those drill and kill exercises that provoke mostly groans and yawns. Most impressively, the author's curiosity about the wide world around her and her love for math are apparent on every page, which makes this one a great title for elementary and intermediate classrooms. Although I'm not sure how perfect a book such as this one is at bedtime--I'd be too overstimulated by all the information--perhaps it would work quite well. " said.

"We have been reading books about counting. Today I have a new book that is also about counting, but it also has different math questions in it as well. This book is called Bedtime Math: The truth comes out. Look at the cover. What do you see? (students respond with possible answers) I see a treasure chest. It makes me think that we will be finding out about a treasure. I also see kids in their pajamas. I bet these are kids who do math just to fall asleep. What do you think? Can math help you go to sleep? (children respond) Lets start reading, and hopefully the math won’t make us sleepy. On this first page I see ice cream and an astronaut. What do astronauts, ice cream, and math have in common? (children respond) Oh I see, this page tells us about how astronauts eat ice cream in space and how it is made. One of the math questions asks us how many ingredients are used to make astronaut ice cream. Lets count how many ingredients we would need. Yes, there are four ingredients. Do you think there are more ingredients in astronaut ice cream or regular on Earth ice cream? (children respond) Lets read the next page to see what math problem we are given and what secret truth we find out.
Opening Moves:
• Raise questions in readers’ minds
• Connect to prior text
• Make predictions based on personal experience
• Activate prior knowledge

This book stretches the reader's thinking beyond just counting, to more complex skills such as pattern recognition. It also provides a playful way for students to see how math is all around them. It is scaffold for early learners through upper elementary age students.
Pinnell, G. S., & Fountas, I. C. (2006). Engaging readers in thinking and talking about
texts through interactive read aloud. Teaching for comprehending and
fluency: Thinking, talking, and writing about reading, k-8. Portsmouth, NH:
Heinemann Publishing.
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