## Featured Book: How the Stars Fell into the Sky

Read the Navajo legend ** How the Stars Fell into the Sky** by Jerrie Oughton. Discuss the stars and both the orderly constellations and the randomness of many stars in the night sky.

- Use magnetic number cards randomly placed on the board and ask students to find specific numbers.
- Discuss how hard it is to find a number when the numbers are "all mixed up."
- Distribute the number cards to students and ask them to place the numbers in order. Help students create the hundred chart in rows of 10.
- This activity can be added as a math center using number cards on any magnetic surface so that students can build the hundred chart using number pattern clues to assemble it correctly.
- This activity is easily differentiated by varying the numbers students are given (e.g. #1-20 or #1-50).
- Download number cards for #1-100

## Ten Apples up on Top

Young students will enjoy ** Ten Apples up on Top** by Theo LeSieg. The story is amusing to students and they will wonder if the apples will topple. Because ten is such a pivotal number in our base-ten system, students need many experiences constructing this number. Consider combining this book with the traditional fall apple theme for a strong math lesson.

- Let students draw themselves with a given number of apples up on top for the class Apples up on Top book. Each student is assigned a different number of apples. Each student completes a page for the class booklet by filling in the number and his/her name on the template. Students then make the oval his/her face by adding features and hair. Students then add the correct number of apples up on top. The teacher may bind the book together to create a class book to be read, reread and sent home with students to share with their families.
- Download the Apples up on Top template to create a class booklet.

- Tell apple number stories using 10 apples of two different colors. Students may color in ten-frames to record how many of each color apple. Then ask students to record the same information in a Part-Part-Total diagram, as used in Everyday Mathematics to connect the concrete representation to the symbolic.
- Download a Ten Frame & Part-Part-Total recording chart for students to color and record numbers of each color apple used in the number story.
- Students may also use a Generic 3-column chart to record the information from the apple stories.

## Ten Black Dots

Young students will enjoy ** Ten Black Dots** by Donald Crews. Students will enjoy predicting how many dots come next and how they are arranged. Students also see a triangular arrangement of dots for each of the numbers at the end of the book. Because ten is such a pivotal number in our base-ten system, students need many experiences constructing this number.

- Give students dot labels and have them create a number picture for the class Ten Black Dots book.
- Give students 10 dot labels of two different colors. Ask students to create a picture using all 10 dots. Students can write a number sentence about the 10 dots.
- Give each student 10 two-color counters in a cup. Students shake the cup and spill out the counters. Students may use a t-chart to record how many of each color they got.
- Download a Red-Yellow-TOTAL recording chart for students to use in sheet protector
- Download a Generic 3-column recording chart for students to use in sheet protector
- Download a Red-Yellow-Number Sentence recording chart for students to use in sheet protector

- Students may also color in ten-frames to record how many of each color they got. Then ask students to record the same information in a Part-Part-Total diagram, as used in Everyday Mathematics to connect the concrete representation to the symbolic.
- Download a Ten Frame & Part-Part-Total recording chart for students to color and record numbers of each color as well as the total number of chips.