It’s back!! Math Picture Books to Love is my favorite series of the year and has become a February special edition of Transformation Tuesday. Read more about how to use picture books to engage your students and read about my favorite picture books to use when I am teaching specific math content and skills here.
Pigs in the Pantry by Amy Axelrod
Target Skill(s): Understanding Directions/ Measurements
Book Synopsis: Mrs. Pig is not feeling well, so Mr. Pig and the piglets decide to cook her some chili. Mr. Pig and the piglets gather all of the ingredients and begin to assemble the chili; however, they don’t do such a great job of following the directions. When Mrs. Pig is feeling better and gets out of bed to be with Mr. Pig and the piglets, she gets a surprise that no one expected!
Math Involved: Reading a recipe
Questions to Ponder:
- The first ingredient was the cans of beans? According to the recipe, how many beans were the pigs supposed to use? How many beans did the pigs actually use?
- What vegetables did the pigs need from the garden? What items did they bring back?
- Did the pigs use the correct amount of vegetables? What did they do incorrectly?
- What about the tomatoes? What kind of tomatoes does the recipe call for? What kind of tomatoes did the pigs use?
- What about the spices? Did the pigs use the correct spices?
- What other mistakes did the pigs make?
- How does changing the recipe affect the outcome? What do the cues from the story tell you about how the chili tasted?
This is another great book to include as a station activity because students can read the book and use the recipe to answer the questions. In addition, as a challenge, students can rewrite the recipe using equivalent measurements from the conversion chart.
Book Link on Amazon: http://bit.ly/PigsinthePantry
P.S. I can’t link it here, but if you do a search for “pigs in the pantry,” you will find a super cute activity pack to accompany the Pigs in the Pantry book by Math Geek Mama.