Thursday, April 21, 2011

Inchworm and a Half by Elinor J. Pinczes

Title: Inchworm and a Half
Author: Elinor J. Pinczes
Illustrator: randall Enos
Copyright: 2001, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York.
Grade: 2-5
Theme: math, measuring, fractions, teamwork

Synopsis: It's a story about an inchwork who measures everything by looping around it. Each loop she takes in one inch. One day, the inch worm had trouble measuring something because it involved fractions. So another worm came and helped out. Later, they ran into more problems with measuring and two more worms came and helped out.

Pre-Reading Activity:
Have students measure their desk or something in the classroom. Teacher can choose what children use for measurements or teacher can let students use what they want.

Post-Reading Activity:
Have children measure the length and width of their room when they go home. Have them draw a picture of their room and record the measurements on the picture. (Parents encouraged to help of course)

This book wasn't as fun as I thought it would be. It was all about fractions and measuring, and I think it should be directed towards higher elementary students. I don't think younger students would quite understand the point of this story, but maybe it could be used during a math lesson on fractions in older elementary classes.

About the Author:
Elinor J. Pinczes is a published author of children's books. She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to check this book out, I can see it being useful for a hands on math activity for younger learners, and creating a classroom activity with a inchworm theme, measuring all sorts of things in the classroom. Believe it or not, 1st and 2nd graders are doing fractions! Everything has bumped up, and hey the good news about using a book that is only so so is that you can always have the kids come up with one that they would prefer more :)