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 Enlarge Ten, Nine, EightAuthor: Molly BangIllustrator: Molly BangPublisher: GreenwillowCopyright: 1983ISBN: 978-0-688-10480-1Number of Pages: 24Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades preK–KIn this Caldecott Honor book, a father gets his daughter ready for bed. As they go through their nighttime ritual, they find objects to count, starting at 10 and moving backwards to 1. Identifying the numerals 1-10, counting forward and backward, and beginning subtraction ideas can be taught or reinforced by reading one-on-one with a student or with a small group. Students will delight in finding and counting the objects pictured.Go to: How to Use This BookHighlights and InsightsRelated ORC ResourcesOhio Standards

 How to Use This Book Teachers can read to students individually or in small groups and ask students to predict what number comes next in counting backward. As the teacher is reading, students can count the objects on each page. Students can trace the numerals in the air. Teachers can introduce and discuss the meaning of pairs on the page with the "seven empty shoes." What happened to the missing shoe? Teachers can ask different students to count the objects on a page to show that the order in which the objects are counted does not matter. Students could be challenged to make their own bedtime counting book or modify this counting book to match their own bedtime routine.
 Highlights and Insights This book could be used as one of several that helps students become familiar with the counting numbers 1-10. The mathematics in this book is important because it provides the foundation for students to construct higher level concepts such as addition and subtraction facts. A number line could be used as the book is being read so that students can develop the number line model for subtracting. ORC Resource #4318, Links Away: Counting Back and Counting On, provides an extensive list of similar books to reinforce the ideas in Ten, Nine, Eight.