# Mentor Text Linky 7.14.13

We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for the Mentor Text Linky.  This week the theme is Math. We have several math texts that we use; both in our own collections and those that the county school we teach for have given us.  This book, The Great Graph Contest, by Loreen Leedy is one that was given to us to use for mini lessons.  We enjoy it a great deal and our kiddos do too!

In this book, the characters make all types of graphs; pie charts, bar graphs, picture graphs, venn diagrams, etc.  The characters are having a contest for the "best graph."  Students are able to see that data is all around us and that organizing data can be fun!

We will be talking about "data" on our very first day of school!  We will be doing a "Gallery Walk" to get to know one another.   For the Gallery Walk, you put questions on large chart paper all around the room.  There are 6 questions in all.  You can write the answer choices on the chart paper under each question header and the students can choose their answer using any type of marker you'd like (stickers, post it notes, their initials, etc).  If you'd like to try this activity with your students, click on the picture below.  Included is 6 "getting to know you" question headers and directions for the activity.  Enjoy!

The Gallery Walk is a part of our Back to School packet, O"fish"ally Back to School, which contains over 30 activities to start your year!

Have a great Sunday!

1. This book looks great, and so does your unit! I will have to check out the book from the library to see if it would "fit" my fourth graders-I'm thinking it might be a fun way for me to review the graphs they already know. :)

Hunter's Tales from Teaching

2. It is a fun book :)

3. I have not seen this one! Thanks for sharing...

Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

4. Love this book! Thanks for sharing. This is going to be added to my math Pinterest board!
Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

1. Always good to collect good books for math instruction! :)

5. I do not have this book. It is now on my wish list! We love collecting data in kindergarten too!

Gwen

1. Data collection is really fun for kiddos!

6. We are in love with your book choices...you are our go to girls for new book ideas! Going to check this one out and your TPT pack! Thanks ladies!
Kheila & Jess
Two Friends In First

1. Yay! So glad you've found some great books from us...it helps that we can brainstorm with each other to get our picks ready! :)

7. This looks really cute and I love how you are using it the first say of school! We do something sort of like graphing with birthdays.

Thanks for linking up
Amanda
Collaboration Cuties

1. We were glad to share this BOY activity...good to keep the kiddos moving on those first few days!

8. Hi Tamra,

This looks like a cute book to supplement a graphing unit. Your unit looks like fun too. I'm sure your students enjoy it! Thank you for sharing!

Mary

9. Thank you, Mary!

10. Cute book. I don't think I even have a book about graphing. I love the gallery walk idea for back to school. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.
Have a wonderful week.

School Is a Happy Place

1. You're kiddos would really like this book! Thanks for stopping by!