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 Enlarge Math Potatoes: Mind-Stretching Brain FoodAuthor: Gregory TangIllustrator: Harry BriggsPublisher: Scholastic PressCopyright: 2005ISBN: 0-439-44390-3Number of Pages: 40Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades 1–4Another in a series of mathematically related rhyming books by Greg Tang, these counting riddles involve food and other visual items engagingly illustrated by Harry Briggs. The items to be counted are laid out in patterns that allow the reader to form numerical groupings that make counting larger numbers of objects easier for many students. Solutions are given in the back of the book, but students may come up with other ways to group and count the objects, leading to some lively discussions.   Go to: How to Use This BookHighlights and InsightsRelated ORC ResourcesOhio Standards

 How to Use This Book These poems and accompanying illustrations can be used individually, in groups, in a series, or all together to help children look at and think about strategies for counting a large number of objects. The symmetry and the clever riddles embedded in the poems can also help children visualize number groupings and the resulting shortcuts. Children should be encouraged to create their own patterns and groupings of objects. A literacy connection can be encouraged by having children create poems about their groupings. Children can present their riddles to each other or to the class to show a variety of strategies that make sense to individual students. A class book, similar to Math Potatoes, could be compiled from problems and drawings created by the children.
 Highlights and Insights This book provides an excellent context for discourse and developing reasoning and number sense skills. Students may need time to become familiar with the format of the book when reading a Greg Tang book for the first time.  Having the mathematical information displayed and presented in multiple ways helps learners who may not get the information in more conventional ways become more mathematically proficient and show what they know and are capable of understanding.