California Early Math Project 2020

Ten, Nine, Eight

by Molly Bang

In this humorous rhyming tale, Witch drops her belongings as she and Cat fly through the air on a broom.  A helpful Dog, Frog, and Bird help Witch find the missing items and join her for a broom ride. When Witch is threatened by Dragon, her animal friends come up with a clever rescue plan!
Resources for Room on the Broom:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

How many will fit on Witch’s Broom?

 

Math Connections: Use this book to introduce:

    Spatial Relationships    Patterns

    Measurement                Problem Solving

    Cause and Effect          Predicting Outcomes

 

Activities to Do Together: 

  • Introduce positional words: on, in front, behind, under, in the middle, etc. 

  • Find patterns in the story within the rhyming sequence. 

  • Look for repeated actions, such as Witch dropping items and picking up new animals. 

  • Practice counting the riders on the broom. 

  • Figure out how many of their toys could fit along the length of a real broom. 

  • Use the book to spark conversations about cause and effect. What happens when Witch drops something? Why do you think the broom snaps? 

 

Extension Questions: 

  1.  How do the four animals save Witch from Dragon? 

  2. Look at the picture of the horrible beast. Describe what the animals did. Who is in the middle? Who is sitting on top? What do you think of their plan?           

  3. Look at the picture of the magnificent broom on the last page of the book. What is different about this broom and the broom that snapped in half? Who has similar seats? Who has different seats? If you designed a seat for yourself on this broom, what would it look like?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts: 

around, back, down, in, inside, near, on, out