Book by Antonia Pesenti and Hilary Bell 2015
‘Starting with 1, begin in the park: Count up the street and get home before dark.’
From the creators of the bestselling Alphabetical Sydney comes a counting book set in a bright and quirky streetscape where there’s always something new to find.
I am so incredibly grateful to have collaborated with Joel Brian and Carly White. Thank you for your time and enthusiasm!
Engaging our readers:
This book provides the perfect opportunity for readers to:
- Explore the origin and meaning of the word numerical
- Activate prior knowledge by going on a walk in the local area. Sketch, take photos or short videos
- Use clues on the front cover to name the dog?
- Talk about why the word ‘look’ in on the title page. What is the purpose?
- Discuss: On page one why does the person only have one shoe on?
- Wonder: On page one, why is the dog an outline?
- Search for the adjectives on page 2. Draw or write objects that matches the description
- Examine the pictures to make predictions
- Make connections to their own experiences
- Make connections to other texts that involve shopping – “Don’t’ Forget the Bacon” by Pat Hutchins
- Research other books by the same author and illustrator
- Investigate the use of the hyphen. Begin on page 5 at the Hair Stylists
- Define and add the mathematical terms to the classroom word wall
- Sort words from the book according to the number of syllables
- Explore rhyming words. Create a poster, video or mural to make the rhyming pairs visible.
- Read the signs in the book and then search for signs in the community
- Explore compound words. Begin on page 3 at the Auto Repairs
Inspiring our writers:
This book inspires writers to:
- Write their own mathematical story about your street
- Write a description of one the stores
- Point around the pictures and talk about the writing ideas from the book
- Recount a personal experience
- Innovate the story
- Make signs to communicate to an audience
- The book needs in one word on the last page. Borrow this idea for your own writing.
- Discuss the illustration style and transfer to their own publishing
- Write a conversation that would happen at one of the locations in the book
- Create an advertising jingle for one of the businesses
- Investigate the binding of the book (numbers presented in the spine)
Motivating our mathematicians:
This is a great book for mathematicians to:
- Wonder why the numbers are 1-12
- Make collections of 1 -12 using a range of materials. Investigate page 14 to count some collections
- Use colourful tape to make lines to make an image similar to the end papers. Measure the length and angles
- Search for numbers throughout the book
- Investigate the shapes on the tool board at the Auto Repairs on page 4
- There is a two hour parking sign on page 4. What time can you park and collect your car?
- Look for the clock on page 6 at the Hair Stylist. What do you do at this time of the day?
- Investigate the costs of getting hair cuts to work out a yearly budget
- Count the mathematical terms
- Subitise the fish and sea life in the tropical fish tanks on page 20
- Estimate and calculate a 10% discount as advertised on page 20
- How many eyes would there be on page 20? What strategy would you use?
- Explore ordinal numbers
- Create number lines
- Investigate simple fractions
- Collect keys or other objects to classify by size
- Identify, count, and sketch shapes in the book
- Explore am and pm time on page 24
- Check out the shoes at the shoe repairers and create a class graph
- Explore 24 to springboard a investigation about different lengths of shoe laces
- Create patterns as presented in the Upholstery Store on page 16
- Search to find symmetrical images in the book. Create your own image
- Search for money amounts in the book and write facts for the money amounts
Provoking curiousty and stimulating creativity:
- What hums? How did the author use this word on page 3?
- What flowers are mentioned in the book? Start at page 5. What flowers grow near you? What do you know? What do you need to find out?
- Explore page 24 and tinker with keys and locks
- Create a trophy using a range of materials and write a plague to present your trophy
- Check out the shoes at the shoe repairers. Investigate different shoes related to occasions and cultures.
- Plan, create and use a classroom shop
- Create a currency for your shop
- Photograph and sketch the numbers on the letter boxes in your street
- Make a map and order the places in the story
- Create a diorama of a store to model a collection
- Visit the local shop to purchase and prepare a snack.
- research by inviting people to your classroom that work in the different stores. What location would you like to work at? what skills and assets do you need?
- Make a soundscape to match the scenes. What does it sound like at the Chemist?
- Create signs for your classroom or school
Enjoy exploring your local community with your learners!