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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823413411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823413416
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bright cartoons enliven an introduction to fractions, that incorporates common cents (money) and "pizza math," a delicious way to teach numerators and denominators. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-For many young students, the mere mention of fractions brings on headache, tummyache, and confusion. But no longer! This simple, hands-on concept book is clear and concise. The simple definition of a fraction, that it is a part of something, introduces a pizza pie that is divided, studied, compared, and, of course, eaten. Weighing coins determines how many make one ounce, and what the fractional value of each coin is. The cartoonlike illustrations are colorful, whimsical, and humorous; they also make the concepts clear. Without a fraction of a doubt, parents and teachers will find limitless possibilities in this book.-Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Diane Rausch on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
In my third grade classroom, I used the first part of this colorful book to introduce fractions, both equivalent and adding fractions. They loved the hands-on Pizza Math! We also used the last half of the book to introduce a weighing activity and a discussion of money. The students gave it a definite thumbs up. As a teacher I found the colorful illustrations helpful to the students and appreciate the simple presentation of each concept.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Rizk on October 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fraction Fun is a great picture book to introduce fractions to a classroom. David Adler explains the concept of fractions by using slices of a pizza pie. Then by engaging the reader into a simple and fun activity, called Pizza Math, the children learn how fractions can be more than, less than, and equal to each other. Next, the children learn how to use fractions in weight. The children are encouraged to weigh pennies, nickels, pencils, and tissues, all to determine their weight in fractions. Sound complicated? Not with Adler's colorful illustrations, clear directions and the simple, hands on activities. The children learn without much effort and have fun too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie S. Lewis on March 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book had several hands-on activities that were very useful as an introductory lesson for any students or remediation for students who are struggling with the concept of fractions. The activities are also very visual and worked well with the special education students with whom I used it. I easily thought of several extensions of the activities as well so I thought this book was well worth the money. It did proceed very quickly from one type of fraction example to another so I just broke up the activities over several days.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A great book which covers both concepts and applications in a colorful yet simple format.
But...international customers should think twice if they use metric measurement and currency systems!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny Forney on November 6, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A great book for teaching fractions that helps students learn about fractions and enjoy reading at the same time! Very enjoyable read!
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Format: Paperback
Great book that relates fractions to kids' lives - like "I'm 7 and a half years old" and pizza slices. It walks through four hands-on projects to demonstrate different aspects of fractions like what happens to the fraction as the numerator and denominator change and how fractions figure into weight. My first grader really liked the activity with the weight of coins. The book encourages kids to keep on the lookout for fractions in their daily lives like when a glass is partially full and when they've read one chapter of a book. Encouraged, my daughter is telling me every fraction she sees now. :) The reading level is grade 4 and the concepts range from very beginning to more intermediate.
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More About the Author

I write both fiction and non-fiction. I begin my fiction with the main character. The story comes later. Of course, since I'll be spending a lot of time with each main character, why not have him or her be someone I like? Andy Russell is based, loosely, on a beloved member of my family. He's fun to write about and the boy who inspired the character is even more fun to know. Cam Jansen is based even more loosely on a classmate of mine in the first grade whom we all envied because we thought he had a photographic memory. Now, especially when my children remind me of some promise they said I made, I really envy Cam's amazing memory. I have really enjoyed writing about Cam Jansen and her many adventures. For my books of non-fiction I write about subjects I find fascinating. My first biography was Our Golda: The Life of Golda Meir. To research that book, I bought a 1905 set of encyclopedia. Those books told me what each of the places Golda Meir lived in were like when she lived there. I've written many other biographies, including books about Martin Luther King, Jr; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Helen Keller; Harriet Tubman; Anne Frank; and many others in my Picture Book Biography series. I've been a Yankee and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades so I wrote Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. It's more the story of his great courage than his baseball playing. Children face all sorts of challenges and it's my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig. I am working now on another book about a courageous man, Janusz Korczak. My book One Yellow Daffodil is fiction, too, but it's based on scores of interviews I did with Holocaust survivors for my books We Remember the Holocaust, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, and Hiding from the Nazis. The stories I heard were compelling. One Yellow Daffodil is both a look to the past and to the future, and expresses my belief in the great spirit and strength of our children. I love math and was a math teacher for many years, so it was fun for me to write several math books including Fraction Fun, Calculator Riddles, and Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons. In my office I have this sign, "Don't Think. Just Write!" and that's how I work. I try not to worry about each word, even each sentence or paragraph. For me stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times. And I work with my editors. I look forward to their suggestions, their help in the almost endless rewrite process. Well, it's time to get back to dreaming, and to writing, my dream of a job. David A. Adler is the author of more than 175 children's books, including the Young Cam Jansen series. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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