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The Doorbell Rang
Author: Pat Hutchins
Illustrator: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: Mulberry Books
Copyright: 1986
ISBN: 0-688-09234-9
Number of Pages: 24
Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades 1–4

Mom makes a dozen cookies for her two children to share.  Just as the children determine how to divide the 12 cookies evenly among themselves, they are visited by multiple friends multiple times throughout the book. The children repeatedly evenly re-divide the cookies among themselves and their friends. Just as they begin to run short on cookies, Grandma arrives with a huge platter of new cookies, and new problems to solve.

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How to Use This Book

  • Kindergarten or first grade: The class could role-play a tea party event.
  • As the book is ending, Grandma shows up with more cookies, providing opportunities for extension activities for the upper elementary grades.
  • At the very end of the book, the doorbell rings one last time without revealing who is there, providing multiple opportunities for further extension: What if more people show up? What if more/different cookies show up? Students can suggest additional extensions.

Highlights and Insights

  • This book could be used to teach multiple concepts in the number, number sense, and operations standard, and therefore can span grades 1 - 4.
  • Students can discuss what they might do if 5, 7, or 8 friends showed up, perhaps opening a discussion of fractions.

Related ORC Resources

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Resource Information
Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Mathematics
Grades: Grades 1–2
Professional Commentary: Students demonstrate various ways to represent and verify a set of blocks separated into two, three, or four equal parts. Guiding questions, summary questions, assessment tasks, and extensions of the lesson are included....

Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations Standard
    Benchmarks (K-2)
    J. Model, represent and explain division as sharing equally, repeated subtraction and rectangular arrays.
    Benchmarks (3-4)
    K. Analyze and solve multi-step problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers.
    Grade Level Indicators (1)
    14. Model and represent division as sharing equally in contextual situations; e.g., sharing cookies.
    Grade Level Indicators (2)
    8. Model, represent and explain division as sharing equally and repeated subtraction.
    Grade Level Indicators (3)
    9. Model, represent and explain division; e.g., sharing equally, repeated subtraction, rectangular arrays and area model. For example: a. Translate contextual situations involving division into conventional mathematical symbols. b. Explain how a remainder may impact an answer in a real-world situation; e.g., 14 cookies being shared by 4 children.
    Grade Level Indicators (4)
    12. Analyze and solve multi-step problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using an organized approach, and verify and interpret results with respect to the original problem.