Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mentor Text- Millions, Billions, Trillions

Happy Sunday!  I am enjoying my time with family in Boston!  Today, my sister, Sarah, and her husband, Steven, ran the Boston half marathon.  It was Sarah's fifth or sixth half marathon and Steven's first.  Steven is unsure if he will do another one, he may just be Sarah's biggest cheerleader!

Watching them run makes me want to get out and start running again.  I wish time would allow!  If I did not need sleep, I could totally do it!

I am linking up with the wonderful Amanda and Stacia from Collaboration Cuties for their mentor text linky party!  This week we are talking about math books!  I love using picture books in math, they provide another way for students to see and understand the math concepts.  Today, the book I want to highlight is Millions, Billions, and Trillions:Understanding Big Numbers by David A. Adler.

Amazon description:  What does a million look like? A billion? A trillion? These huge numbers are hard to visualize. This book explains quantities in terms children can understand. For example, one million dollars could buy two full pizzas a day for more than sixty-eight years, it would take the heads of ten thousand people together to have one billion hairs.

I really loved this book because it gave some great examples of these big numbers that kids sometimes have a hard time grasping.  It also went in order from smallest to greatest so the kids could see it the numbers growing and getting bigger.  It is a great addition to any place value or number sense unit of study!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a surprise sale and I have joined in the fun.  My entire store is 10% off and if you use the code FB100K you can get an additional 10% off!  It is such a deal!  Make sure you check it out!


  1. I have not seen this book!! I have to have it!!! I'm so glad that you linked it up!! I love David Adler's books!!

    Thanks for linking up! And I love your blog design! I have been so bad about reading blogs I have no idea when you got it done but it's adorable!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. This book looks perfect for explaining such as abstract concept!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  3. My sister ran a marathon today too! Like you it also was really motivating..... now I have a half marathon and possibly a full marathon on my bucket list. :)

    Mind Sparks