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Spaghetti And Meatballs For All! (Scholastic Bookshelf: Math Skills) Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Instead of all those problems about two trains rushing towards one another, this book takes a practial problem and uses it to illuminate spatial problem-solving.
Mr. and Mrs. Comfort decide to invite their family and neighbors over for dinner. Pretty soon, 30 people have accepted so they will be feeding 32, including themselves. In a role reversal from the sexual stereotypes, Mr. Comfort is the cook and impractical one while Mrs. Comfort is the left-brained problem solver. She knows what needs to be done, but everyone else has to work it out for themselves by moving the furniture around.
Mrs. Comfort figures out that they don't have enough tables and chairs for this many people. So she rents some. She correctly figures out that 8 tables seating four people each will do the trick (8 times 4). She rents 8 tables and 32 chairs (but they deliver only 31, and she has to find an extra folding chair).
All is well, until the guests start to arrive. They don't want to sit at separate tables. They want to eat at one big table so they can be closer to everyone else.
That creates a problem. Each time two tables for four are put together, two places are lost (you now have only two ends, while you had four before with separate tables). That's not immediately obvious to the guests, because most of the chairs and tables are unused in the beginning and they don't know how many people are coming.
Mrs. Comfort tries to warn everyone that it won't work, but they ignore her. She finally gives up.Read more ›
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I didn't really like it, it doesn't have a good story line to hold attention and it tends to be confusing.Published 3 months ago by deb
Yes the book can assist with numbers and mathematics. It also offers an appreciation of patience, planning, listening, cooperation, being less self centered, showing respect as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Persop
I use this book to help my students understand perimeter, area and multiplication. My students love the book and accessing their knowledge!Published 6 months ago by heather
Fun book. Used it with my Gifted students at school to discuss multiplying & dividing.Published 6 months ago by TAG teacher
I use this with my first graders. I give them square tiles and we build all the table arrangements as we go through the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. T. Saxton
The story gets lost in the math they are trying to present, and the math gets lost in the story. It doesn't really flow, they try to describe how people are related, math, and it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Beth