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Anno's Math Games
Author: Mitsumasa Anno
Illustrator: Mitsumasa Anno
Publisher: Philomel Books
Copyright: 1982/1987
ISBN: 0-399-21151-9
Number of Pages: 104
Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades K–7

This intriguing book includes a variety of story-like problems that engage children in trying to find the answers. Anno's delightful illustrations support children's thinking. Topics include a wide range of mathematical concepts, such as comparing and classifying, sets, oneness, combinations, mixtures, operations, sequence, position, ordinal numbers, measurement, graphs, ratio, proportion, and perspective. The book is divided into four stand-alone chapters: What is Different; Putting Together and Taking Apart; Numbers in Order; and Who's the Tallest.  The wide range of concepts appeals to students in early childhood through middle school.  Anno, as in all of his books, devotes a section (9 pages) at the back of the book to discussing and illustrating the mathematics involved in each of the chapters. 
    


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How to Use This Book

  • Teachers might have this book available in a work center so that children can work with it individually.
  • Teachers might present one of the situations to the class and have them work with it in small groups or with partners. It may be helpful to put some related illustrations on an overhead or chart.
  • This book would be a good one to keep in the classroom year round. It contains much mathematics, and students could refer to it often over the year.
  • Teachers could use this book as a motivational introduction to a topic for older children.
  • The book could serve as a tool in differentiation as it allows students to access a concept at multiple levels.
  • Teachers could use this book to serve as a source for good classroom tasks. Students could simulate many of the tasks carried out by the "elves" in the book. Perhaps students could take a mathematical topic and create thier own "Anno" book that would explain the task (in an active way) to younger students.

Highlights and Insights

  • The book could serve as an excellent introduction to rows and columns as well as locating and plotting points. The discussion begins with simple thoughts and moves to employing x-y axes to locate points.
  • The tangram puzzles promote spatial awareness. Younger students may need the outlines of the pieces provided in order to replicate the puzzles. 
  • Identifying and representing possible outcomes is well developed in the story. How many different outfits using five colors can be created? After reading this section of the book, students could create their own charts of combinations.
  • Anno engages students in proportional reasoning when he asks them to figure out the sweetest sugar solution. Proportional reasoning is one of the most important and most challenging thinking processes for middle school students. Younger students might complete only the first part of the chapter, comparing volumes of water or numbers of sugar cubes, without having to deal with both variables at the same time.

Related ORC Resources

Begin With Buttons 2: Many Sets of Buttons
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Resource Information
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Discipline: Mathematics
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Combinations 1: Shorts and Shirts
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ORC# 4204
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 3–4
Professional Commentary: In this first of two lessons on combinations, students color all possible outfits meeting specified criteria. They begin by predicting how many different outfits there will be....
Tangram Puzzles
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ORC# 152
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Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades PreK–1
Professional Commentary: In this activity, students choose a picture and use all seven Tangram pieces to create given shapes. They work with concrete Tangram pieces first and then use an applet that allows them to slide, flip, and turn the pieces....
Archimedes' Puzzle
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Grades: Grades 6–8
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Finding Your Way Around
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Something Fishy: Statistics
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Discipline: Mathematics
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Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations Standard

Measurement Standard

Geometry and Spatial Sense Standard

Patterns, Functions and Algebra Standard

Data Analysis and Probability Standard

Mathematical Processes Standard