Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns (Paperback)
Mr. and Mrs. Comfort have arranged tables and chairs to seat 32 people at their family reunion. But the guests have their own ideas for seating. Area and perimeter come alive as the family makes room for everyone.
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Reading Level: 7+
"This is a great book to help explore perimeters using real life-scenarios like planning a dinner. In this story, Mrs. Comfort had chosen the most economical way of seating 32 guests. As guests entered, they kept changing her set-up, which changed the number of people that could be seated. Young learners from grades 3 - 5 would enjoy working with the different possibilities of perimeters and how learning about perimeters could affect their own lives."
"In this book, we learn about area and perimeter. We have this couple who is having a dinner party and the wife knows exactly how she wants to set the tables up. As the guest arrive, tables and chairs are rearranged as she tries to tell them that way will not work. In the end, once all the guest have arrived, the tables and chairs end back up in the same spot. In the classroom, before reading the entire book, you can have students figure out what's the least amount of tables they need or what seating arrangement would mean the most tables. This book shows a real life example of area and perimeter and students will not even notice they're doing the "m" word :)"
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