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by Stuart J. Murphy

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest

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There is chance to win two tickets to the All-Star game by estimating how many jelly beans are in the Planet Toy’s display container. Two friends head to the toy store to try to score the tickets. On their way they practice estimating quantities around them.
Resources for Betcha:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

How would you estimate the amount of jelly beans?  


Math Connections: 

          Guessing                      Estimation 

          Mental Math                  Multiplication



Activities to Do Together:

  • Talk about estimation with your child! What strategies do they use when they estimate?
  • Practice estimation while playing, running errands, at the grocery store, and during other day to day tasks. 

  • Compare the estimated amount and the actual number. How close were you?

Extension Questions:

  • What are some strategies you can use to estimate?

  • When is estimating a useful tool to use? How can you use estimation in everyday life?

  • Looking back at the book, describe the strategies the boys used to estimate?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:  

       $100, $101, 800, 810, 812, about, counted, few, forty-five,     

       forty-three, many, number, plus, rows, twenty-five, twenty-  

       three, two