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The Most Magnificent Thing


The Doorbell Rang
by Pat Hutchins

Ma made a dozen cookies for Victoria and Sam, then suddenly the doorbell rang. Victoria and Sam split the cookies evenly as more and more guests arrive. Will the cookies Ma made be enough for everyone?

Resources for The Doorbell Rang:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Activities for The Doorbell Rang:
Cookie Sharing (English)
Compartir galletas (Español)

How many ways can 24 cookies be shared?


Math Connections: 

Problem Solving              Patterns

Multiplication                   Division

Activities to Do Together:

  • Act out the story as it is being read, using objects to represent the cookies.

  • Count by threes, fours, fives, or sixes.

Extension Questions:

  1. What are the different ways you could share 24 cookies?

  2. As the children shared the cookies with more and more people, what happened to the number of cookies each person got?

  3. What happened to the number of cookies each person got when Grandma brought more cookies?

  4. How many cookies would you need to share among 6 people?


Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

one, two, three, six, between, share

Please check out the Book Guide for The Doorbell Rang for more!

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