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Spunky Monkeys on Parade Author: Stuart J. Murphy Illustrator: Lynne Cravath Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books Copyright: 1999 ISBN: 006028014X Number of Pages: 34 Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades K–3
The Monkey Day Parade features cyclists riding in pairs, tumblers in groups of three, and band members marching in rows of four. Readers are encouraged to skip count by 2s, 3s, and 4s. The book is cleverly and colorfully illustrated and is written in rhyme. Suggestions for related activities and extensions are included. Other books that feature skip counting are listed at the end.
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How to Use This Book

 The book could be used as an introduction to multiplication.
 The book could be used as an introduction to division: Could the trios of tumbling monkeys appear in groups of 4 and come out even?


Highlights and Insights

 This book can make skip counting very enjoyable for students. Skip counting can be an extremely important step towards multiplication.
 The illustrations in the book connect arrays and skip counting and show young readers why both are models of multiplication.


Related ORC Resources

Exploring Sets through MathRelated Book Pairs Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics, Reading Grades: Grades PreK–1 Professional Commentary: This lesson integrates reading, writing, viewing, and visually representing mathematical ideas. Using two mathrelated books, the lesson gives student a realworld context to practice grouping objects and skip counting.... Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades 3–4 Professional Commentary: In this 4lesson unit, students explore several meanings and representations of multiplication (number line, equal sets, arrays, and balanced equations). They also learn about the order property, the results of multiplying by 1 and by 0, and the inverse property of multiplication.... Learning about Number Relationships and Properties of Numbers Using Calculators and Hundred Boards: Displaying Number Patterns Resource Type: Content Supports  Activities and rich problems Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades 1–3 Professional Commentary: This NCTM EExample features a twopart activity demonstrating how to address number concepts and logical reasoning with virtual manipulatives and calculators. A major learning goal for students in the primary grades is to develop an understanding of properties of, and relationships among, numbers.... Displaying Number Patterns Resource Type: Content Supports  Activities and rich problems Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades 1–3 Professional Commentary: In this twopart activity, virtual hundred boards and calculators furnish a visual way of highlighting and displaying various patterns and relationships among numbers. In the first part, Displaying Number Patterns, skip counting patterns are displayed on a calculator and on a hundred board simultaneously.... Multiplication: It's in the Cards 1: Looking for Patterns Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades 3–5 Professional Commentary: This lesson is the first in a 4lesson unit focusing on beginning multiplication. In this first lesson, students skip count and color multiples on a 099 board.... Multiplication: It's in the Cards 2: Looking for Calculator Patterns Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades 3–5 Professional Commentary: This lesson is the second in a 4lesson unit focusing on beginning multiplication. In this lesson, students learn to make their calculator or a webbased calculator skip count, and they use the results to begin filling in the basic multiplication chart. From the chart they notice that multiplication is commutative. The calculator applet, a worksheet of the blank multiplication chart, questions for...


Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations StandardBenchmarks (K2) I. Model, represent and explain multiplication as repeated addition, rectangular arrays and skip counting. Grade Level Indicators (K) 11. Demonstrate joining multiple groups of objects, each containing the same number of objects; e.g., combining 3 bags of candy, each containing 2 pieces. Grade Level Indicators (1) 13. Model and represent multiplication as repeated addition and rectangular arrays in contextual situations; e.g., four people will be at my party and if I want to give 3 balloons to each person, how many balloons will I need to buy? Grade Level Indicators (2) 7. Model, represent and explain multiplication as repeated addition, rectangular arrays and skip counting. Grade Level Indicators (3) 8. Model, represent and explain multiplication; e.g., repeated addition, skip counting, rectangular arrays and area model. For example:
a. Use conventional mathematical symbols to write equations for word problems involving multiplication.
b. Understand that, unlike addition and subtraction, the factors in multiplication and division may have different units; e.g., 3 boxes of 5 cookies each. 

