Published 12 months ago by Ann Baker
Surely she hasn’t been buying picture books again? Sent out for goodies for the beautiful B&B shown above ...
Well yes, what is a girl to do when Aldi has books at $4.99? and, well, she didn’t buy one book, she bought two.
Today I am going to share my thoughts about ‘The Very Brave Bear’.
I love this book not just because of the two competitive characters and rhyming story but because it is rich in spatial language. We know the central role that a rich mathematical vocabulary plays in the development of concept formation, problem solving and mathematical thinking. in particular, we know how important positional and directional language is in the development of spatial reasoning and that is why I was drawn to this book.
We also know that some maths words grow out of natural language and every day settings and this book has lots of contextualized use of interesting vocabulary. There are 16 positional words embedded in the story.
edge, from, underneath, oﬀ, in, upon, up, right behind, crossed, between, across, there, back to, come, follow.
There are also 6 comparative measurement terms:
tallest, steepest, racing river, fastest, equally brave.
And, just for a bit extra we can use the book to play around with mathematical ideas such as:
balanced, double somersaults, equally.
Imagine extending the concepts and vocabulary and creating settings for imaginative play after relaxing and sharing a great story picture book absolutely riddled with incidental maths learning.
So, what would I have done with this book when I was an early-years teacher?
I would set up scenarios spring boarding from it. Clear the sand tray or sandpit, provide a few bits of wood for patterning and smoothing and drilling ‘caves’, provide natural bits to create landscapes and bowls for muddy ponds. A few animals or brave characters and let the adventures begin.
Oh, you may need your camera or device so that you can collaborate with your students to create your own version of the book in Book Creator or similar software.
Push for great language and matched actions as the story unfolds.
I love the back page where you can see the wobbles.
How long can your little people balance for? What a great way to involve counting as a method of measuring duration or setting a timer on your screen. Talk about durations, what takes a long or a short time?
Dash oﬀ to Aldi and get your copy before they are all gone!
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