Collaboration Cuties is hosting their weekly mentor text link today. The theme is math. If you go to their website, and click the "Must Read Mentor Texts" button at the top, you can find all the texts that were linked up previously. You know, in case you need a shopping list!
I am linking up with the poem "Smart" by Shel Silverstein. It can be found inside his "Where the Sidewalk Ends" book. It is a really funny poem about a boy who is given a dollar by his dad. He then takes the dollar and trades it for coins. Each trade increases the number of coins he has, but decreases the value of money in his hand (which he does not realize). By the end of the poem, he is really proud of himself for having turned his one dollar into five pennies.
I found a great PDF of the poem on a museum's website (The Franklin Institute). Just click on the image to download a copy to use in your classroom if you don't have the book.
I have used this poem with first and second graders. You can really see right away who understands money and who doesn't, as some of them get that the boy did something ridiculous and some don't until you work through it. A great activity is to have the students draw the coins (or use play money) that he has in each stanza and count up the money. This way they can visually see the problem.
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