Funbooks

Funbooks
What is a “Funbook?”  A Funbook is a workbook that is more about fun than work!

Each LRM Funbook has math activities for 16 different children’s books.  Math topics are drawn from the state and national standards for teaching mathematics.  The covers have punchout math manipulatives that are used for the math activities inside.  Funbooks can be used in classrooms, after school centers, day camps, libraries, or in other environments where the intent is to provide children with a series of lessons to build their enjoyment and conceptual understanding of math.

 

 

FUNBOOK 1 

Funbooks 1 and 2 grew out of our first experiences doing Let’s Read Math workshops.  We adapted the lessons for younger students (K-1), giving them extra attention and guidance. We used the same lessons to challenge fourth grade students to work independently. Instructionally, the books and activities are especially appropriate for children in grades 2-3.

See the list of books featured in Funbook 1.

Punchouts on the cover of Funbook 1 include coins, buttons, tangrams, quilt designs and chicken clothes!  A Teacher’s Guide is available with teaching hints, and answers for the Funbook pages.

Note:  Seven of the Funbook lessons have been modified and expanded into full workshops that are frequently used as family nights in schools.  Workshop manuals are available for each of these workshops, with presentation information and additional handouts for parents and children.

 

FUNBOOK 2

Funbooks 1 and 2 grew out of our first experiences doing Let’s Read Math workshops.  We adapted the lessons for younger students (K-1), giving them extra attention and guidance.  We used the same lessons to challenge fourth grade students to work independently.  Instructionally, the books and activities are especially appropriate for children in grades 2-3.

See the list of books featured in Funbook 2.

Punchouts on the cover of Funbook 2 include fraction wedges, ice cream cones and hamburgers (for a lesson in combinatorics), fish, roses and little houses (for other math activities).  A Teacher’s Guide is available with teaching hints, and answers for the Funbook pages.

Note:  Eight of the Funbook lessons have been modified and expanded into full workshops that are frequently used as family nights in schools.  Workshop manuals are available for each of these workshops, with presentation information and additional handouts for parents and children.

 

FUNBOOK A

Funbook A was created for early childhood educators who wanted math activities for younger students. This book can be used with children, or as a teacher’s guide.  Each student page is perforated, for easy removal from the Funbook.  Student pages may be photocopied for use in classrooms. Teacher directions are on the flip side of each student page.

See the list of books featured in Funbook A.

As with other Funbooks, there are punchouts on both covers related to math activities in the book.  In addition, Funbook A has a double page of stickers, for even more “hands-on” fun.

If desired, the punchouts and stickers can be purchased as a separate packet.  In other words, you may purchase a Funbook for each student… OR… photocopy the pages on your own and purchase a separate punchout-sticker packet for each child.

 

ADVANCED FUNBOOK 1 

The Advanced Funbook was developed for teachers in grades 4-6, who wanted math activities for children in the intermediate and upper elementary grades.  Middle school teachers also find the lessons useful.

See the list of books featured in Advanced Funbook 1.

This Funbook also includes a list of websites related to the math topics, on a perforated page that can be removed from the Funbook if desired.

During our internal review process for this Funbook, teachers  made suggestions for extending and enhancing the math activities for use in middle grades.  We also gathered teacher comments at professional development sessions. Teacher comments and suggestions guided our work on the Advanced Funbook Teacher’s Guide.