Mouse initiates the game with Bear, but then realizes that he forgot the important rule of equal teams. As more animals join in, they debate about how to divide evenly and test their ideas. Detailed watercolor illustrations clearly show readers what is equal and what is not, especially as the animals fail at their early efforts. A cute look at what can be a difficult concept. Picture book.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Equal Shmequal by Virginia L. Kroll ,. Philomena O'Neill Illustrator. What does it mean to be equal? Mouse and her friends want to play tug-of-war but they can't figure out how to make teams that are equal.
Nothing works until Mouse starts thinking mathematically. Wonderful illustrations capture Mouse and her animal friends from whiskers to tails. Get A Copy. Paperback , 32 pages. More Details Original Title. Charlesbridge Math Adventures. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Equal Shmequal , please sign up. See 1 question about Equal Shmequal….
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Equal Shmequal Math Adventures. Jan 25, Donna Mork rated it really liked it. The animals of the forest want to play tug-of-war, but have to get their teams equal to make it fun.
Feb 07, Madelaine rated it it was amazing. I think this is a great visual representation of how something can be equal in many ways. The animals in this story find that for them it has to be equal teams in weight.
Apr 18, James Vickery rated it it was amazing Shelves: math. This book is a book that covers the concept of equal. The book also shows the concept of equal by relating it to a balance scale. Students are often tested on weight with the balance as a picutre. This book would be great as a tool to learn the concept of a balance scale as well.
Jun 03, Shirlee Ramos marked it as to-read Shelves: math-shelf. I liked this book because of the math adventure that the students get to go on. I liked the way that emphasis on equality was the main idea. This story allows students to see the differences in play and the importance of playing equally and including everyone. As a future educator, I will use this book in my future classroom to not only teach the importance of equality and inclusion but to also emphasize on the importance of fairness.
I feel that this book is so important to keep on my classroom I liked this book because of the math adventure that the students get to go on. I feel that this book is so important to keep on my classroom shelf, especially when students are struggling to share and need a gentle reminder of fairness.
Sep 01, Chris Hays rated it liked it Shelves: children , teaching , read-aloud. I love using this book to teach about balance. The pictures and story itself is a little bland, but students love trying to figure out the solution or guess at what will happen. The bear adds a touch of humor. Not many students will take this on their own, but a class learning about scales or size this works as an intro. Apr 26, Mariah Schoenborn rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-books , text-set-math-stories.
It can be very difficult to teach the equal sign in a way that will prepare and not hinder student's later experiences with algebra. Teaching the equal sign like a balance or a tug of war game makes the equal sign more accessible to a K-2 audience.
I've very pleased with this book as a way to introduce the equal sign in concrete terms. Can't wait to use it in my classroom! Nov 09, Megan Biter rated it really liked it Shelves: ed , modern-fantasy. Mouse and her animal friends want to play tug-of-war, but have some trouble figuring out how to make the teams fairly equal. Through this book, students are able to learn mathematical terms and concepts, such as equal, categories, weight, quantity, size, and balance outside of a typical math textbook.
Sep 27, Emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. This is great when introducing math to students and understanding what it means to be equal with a cute story of all different size animals trying to play tug of war.
Dec 13, Jacob Watkins rated it it was amazing. Overall great book for younger kids. Helped me to design my instruction for my field placement! Nov 04, Kenzie Teel added it Shelves: classroom-needs.
I will use the book in my future classroom because students always complain that everything has to be equal. This book shows that equal and fair are two different terms. The game was equal when bear was on one end of the rope and the mouse was on the other, but it was not fair because of size differences.
This book can also be cross-curricular between math and talking about making an amount equal and finding different points in the book where that is represented.
Aug 30, Julie Ricenbaw rated it really liked it. I was observing a classroom one day and the teacher was using this book to supplement the section on division in math for her elementary students. Since then I have also used this book to help make math connection for some of my younger students.
Through a game of tug-of-war Mouse and her friends have to decide how to make both sides equal with the same number of animals. After multiple attempts are made, they finally arrive at a solution that makes both sides equal with the same number of anima I was observing a classroom one day and the teacher was using this book to supplement the section on division in math for her elementary students.
After multiple attempts are made, they finally arrive at a solution that makes both sides equal with the same number of animals. The book is predictable in a number of ways but the story still has enough plot to keep younger children reading or listening.
My favorite part is at the end of the book where there are four definitions of equal from the viewpoints of math, art, the law, and team sports. I've learned that making literature connections in other content areas is beneficial in helping students make connections.
Super cute book! Mar 04, Mel Raschke added it. Mouse and her friends decide to play tug-of-war after watching kids at recess. First, though, they have to decide how to make both sides equal. They try dividing up by meat-eaters and plant-eaters; then they try those that have fur versus those without.
Neither of these solutions works. Then they try three animals on each side. Of course, the larger ones win. Finally, they line up on the teeter-totter, shifting sides until the board balances. With both teams equal, the effort to win the tug-of-w Mouse and her friends decide to play tug-of-war after watching kids at recess. With both teams equal, the effort to win the tug-of-war is also equal.
Neither side is victorious until Bear is distracted by the buzz of bees. Mar 03, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: pb-for-girls , pb-for-boys , pb-picture-books , ecrr-narrative , ecrr-motivation , pb-agesand-up , pb-animals , pb-bears , pb-learning-lessons , better-picture-books.
Mouse and her friends want to play tug-of-war but they can't figure out how to make teams that are equal. Nothing works until Mouse starts thinking mathematically. Wonderful illustrations capture Mouse and her animal friends from whiskers to tails. It becomes apparent that just by ensuring that both teams have the same number of players is not enough to ensure the game is fair. Mouse suggests using a nearby seesaw as a tool to help ensure that both teams have equal weights instead.
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