7.) Spaghetti and Meatballs For All by Marilyn Burns. I know I have already used this author but this is a great book. It is about Mr. and Mrs. Comfort that are going to have a family reunion and serve dinner. There are 32 guests invited with only 8 tables. The problem is when guest come Mr. Comfort and the guest rearrange the table and there isn't 32 seats left. I liked the fact that the Mrs. was the math genius in the story and how I could relate to nobody listening to her. My five year old used squares I cut as table manipulatives. To finish the study serve spaghetti and meatballs.
8.) The M&M Counting Book by Barbara McGrath. Some criticize this book because of the blatant advertisement, so if that bugs you try a different book. Better yet, try these activities with something else in its place, rather than M&Ms. Each child only gets 12 pieces and what an awesome reward for sorting, counting, shape building and doing multiples of 12 by arranging the candy into different groupings. The eating doesn't come until the end when they get to subtract. Added plus-Mommy gets to eat whatever is left over in the bag.
9.)Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert, This is a Chinese folk tale about two fox fairies compete in changing shapes into seven different tangram animals. The book does have a page where you can trace out the tangram shapes so your child can make the animals. You can also buy tangrams for under $10. I also have a tangram app on my KnookColor I got for $3.99 for "A" to play with. Tangrams are a challenge but the problem solving is beneficial to say the least.
10.) Anno's Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno. Another story told as a folk tale about a man named Jack who is given two magic seeds. He is told to eat one and plant the other. The seed he plants will double the next year. Then one year he decides to plant both. Then a progression of doubles emerges. Anno has many math books as well that would be good to check out.
*Note to Teachers: If you haven't seen the Math and Literature books edited by Toby Gordon I highly recommend them. There are ones for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-6, and 6-8 with different authors writing each. I know Marilyn Burns writes the younger grade ones. Each book chooses ten books and has lesson plans for each one. Some of the books mentioned above are highlighted in their books. I love them and they are a must for my professional library.