One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab

I've used the picture book One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book (affiliate link) a few different ways now.  It's such a great book with beautifully bright illustrations, many different number uses and a sense of humour making it a great read aloud book for all ages.  I love using books in lots of different areas other than English and this one is perfect for Maths.


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One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'


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The NAEYC also have this great read based around the text - Mathematical Pattern HuntersThis term I used it to help support number sense in the classroom.  I knew that both year levels had done some work around skip counting (counting by 2s and 5s) last term so I used this text early in the first week of term as a review. 


We began by reading the book aloud and talking about the numbers as we went along. 
I encouraged the children to predict the numbers or characters that might come next.
The follow-on activity involved making flip books.
The Yr1s counted by 2s
The Yr2 counted by 5s.
We used an A3 template that I had made and photocopied. The children had to fold this in half and then cut along the markings to the middle of the page creating five even sized liftable flaps. On the front they had to write the numbers.
One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

And then underneath the flap,  they had to draw something or things
to match the number on the front.

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

They've been on display on our classroom wall since.

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab - exploring number in the classroom using the picture book 'One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab'




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2 comments

  1. This looks like a great book for the seaside topic that I'm doing in a few weeks. Thanks for the ideas :)

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    1. It would be a great text for any seaside topic for sure. Happy to share! And I love hearing what others are up to.

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