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Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist was quiet until the age of three. Then she couldn’t stop asking why, how, what, and when. Ada wants to know about everything around her and she uses science to figure it all out!
Resources for Ada Twist, Scientist:
Full Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (English)
Activities:
What will Ada ask next?
Math Connections: growth mindset, cause & effect, problem solving
Activities To Do Together:
 Talk about cause and effect. What does it mean. What is the effect if you shake a rattle? What might be the cause if you go outside and find that the sidewalk is wet?

Estimate how many times you think Ada will ask a question throughout the book. While reading count how many times Ada asks a question

Ask your child what they would like to know more about. Explore together.

Cook together. Measure ingredients carefully. Talk about what would happen if you added a new ingredient. How would the recipe look, taste, or smell different? Try some ingredient substitutions and predict what will happen.
Questions for Mathematical Thinking:

Why is it a good thing to think about a problem and talk about the problem before doing something to fix it?

Why can it be helpful to write something down?

Notice many times does Ada asks “why” throughout the book. How does this help her understand the world around her?

Did you spot any math in the book? If so what are some examples?
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:
all, bigger, count, four, more, once, three, two
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