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Giraffes Can't Dance
Full House
by Dale Ann Dodds
Miss Bloom runs the Strawberry Inn. Follow along as she fills her rooms with five remarkable guests.
Resources for Full House:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)
Will Miss Bloom fill the The Strawberry Inn?
Math Connections:
Fractions Parts of a whole
Activities to Do Together:

Use Full House: An Invitation to Fractions to gently introduce children to the concept of fractions as parts of a set and parts of a whole.

Each new guest of the Inn fills another room which adds another onesixth (1/6). As each guest arrives notice that another light goes on in the windows of the Inn. This is shown in the small box in the lower right of the page.

Miss Bloom and her guests share a strawberry cake that has been cut into six equal pieces. Each piece is onesixth (1/6) of the whole cake. Ask your child how many pieces make up the whole cake.

Talk about other reallife situations in which you use fractions. Sharing food or toys would be great examples.
Extension Questions:

How did the guests at the inn make sure the cake was shared fairly with everyone?

When a pie is cut into four pieces, what fraction of the whole pie is each piece?

If Mom or Dad says, “give your brother half of your sandwich.”, what is the fraction in that statement? What does “half” mean? What does “half” look like, written as a fraction?

When has there been a time that you have used a fraction? Tell me the story.
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts
1 whole, 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/6, 6/6, 210 miles per hour