Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland {A Math Must Read Mentor Text for Teaching Angles}

Hi there!  As you can see, we gave our mentor text linky button a makeover!  Although I loved the first button, I just felt it was time to make something a little different!  The cute spotlight comes from Melonheadz's Hollywood clipart bundle!  I thought it was just the thing to show that we are spotlighting great books!

So, on with the show linky!

Today I want to share a book that I found on Amazon recently when I was buying some other books that I HAD to have.  You know how Amazon decides to show you books that you might like?  Well, that is where I saw this book and I am so glad that Amazon is getting to know me!  ;O)

Here is the book Amazon thought I had to have!

I am sure that you have heard of these books.  I had heard of these books, but I had not seen this one.  I am very excited about it!

You can probably tell from the title that this book is about the different types of angles.  Of course, it explains about how the character, Radius, names angles acute and obtuse, which is always fun!

I love these books because sometimes I feel like in math we teach them vocabulary by just telling them "Ok, anything smaller than 90 degrees is an acute angle," and there's nothing to connect it to besides saying, "See, it's a small angle...isn't it CUTE?  That's why it's called, acute!"

Well, by reading this story, it's giving them one more connection that may help them remember which angles are acute and which are obtuse.

And, the book comes with a cute medallion looking protractor in the back!

So, I created this graphic organizer (because you know I love a good organizer!) to use while reading this book.  Once again, it's super simple!

While reading the story, we would write the definition or explanation that Radius gives for each angle.  After reading the story, we would use protractors to draw examples of each angle.  You can get this organizer for FREE by clicking on the picture.  :O)

Now, as an extension, I was thinking that this would be a great opportunity for my class to write their OWN stories explaining how THEY think that these angles got these names.  After all, this is just this author's imaginative story of where the names of the angles came from.  So, why can't my students make up their own story and why not just incorporate writing into math??

So, technically, this organizer could ALSO be used to brainstorm a fictional story of how the angles got their names.  How's that for a multi-tasking graphic organizer?  ;O)

I just love it when an idea comes together!!  
I hope you have a great week!  And those of you going back to school this week, I hope you have a great start to your year!
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  1. I have never read that book with my kiddos either...but I have heard of it before. I should try to get it added to my school library!

    Mind Sparks

  2. Love your new button-super cute! :) I love having students fill out a graphic organizer (I like simple ones too!) during a story-it totally keeps them engaged. Your kids will have a blast reading about angles and then being able to come up with their own story about how angles got their names!! Such fun and look how many ways a "simple" (and cute!) graphic organizer can be used!

    Thanks for hosting!

    Learning to the Core

  3. Cute button! Thanks for the organizer! I love the simplicity of it! Perfect for their notebooks!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. Love the new button! I use this book in my classroom, too. Thank you for the great graphic organizer! It will come in handy.

    Foreman Teaches

  5. I have used several of the Sir Cumference books when I taught middle school. This title is new to me. Looking forward to using it and the graphic organizer when I do my geometry unit.

    Quinnessential Lessons

  6. Thank you for sharing another great title. I love your idea for an extension.

    I also love the new button.

  7. I love using this book with my kiddos. Some of them get the puns, others need them to be explained...but they do remember the names of the angles because of this book.

  8. Love the new button. I will have to grab the second one and save it someplace safe since I could never find it when I was writing a post. I don't think that I have seen this title before. I love your graphic organizer and your idea for having them write their own stories is too cute (not aCute)!! Thanks for being such a great hostess!

  9. Ah man...completed the linky tool, but the image didn't show up. Sorry about that!
    Comprehension Connection

    1. I forgot to say thanks for hosting and dropping by my blog!

  10. Love this book! Totally makes me wish I taught math... kinda ;) haha! Maybe I will check it out for a little integration.. my teaching partner would be happy!



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