Use this storybook guide with the book “Is 2 a Lot?”
Many public libraries have this book. This book is a Mathical Award winner.
About the Story
Riding in a car, Joey asks, “Is 2 a lot?” Mom says, “Two is not a lot of pennies, but two is a lot of smelly skunks!” To avoid the skunks, Mom turns onto a magical road where she and Joey encounter 5 freckles and 5 cowboys, 10 dinosaurs and 10 pieces of popcorn, and much more. Are these numbers a lot or not? At the end, Joey gives a deep answer to the question. The illustrations are hilarious.
Words to Learn
two, three, four, five, ten, fifty, one hundred, one thousand, a lot
shelf, broken bones, freckles, chomping, aspen tree, stump, hot air balloons
About the Math
While reading the story, your child can learn:
- Numbers tell us exactly how many there are in
- But the meaning of the numbers depends on context. For example, 10 pieces of popcorn are not a lot compared with a whole bag of popcorn,
but 10 dinosaurs are a lot compared with the amount we see every day (none!).
- To read written numerals (1,000) and number
words (one thousand).
Talk During Reading
- DESCRIBE WHAT’S ON THE PAGE
What’s happening on this page? How many pennies do you see? Do you see two of anything else besides the skunks?
- COMPARE THE NUMBERS OF TWO GROUPS
Are there more children in the school bus or more dogs on the street Are there more dinosaurs or more pieces of popcorn?
- JUSTIFY A JUDGMENT
Why are four children on the school bus not a lot of children, but four dogs to walk at once are a lot of dogs?
- IMAGINE A LOT AND NOT A LOT
Can you think of something (besides pennies and skunks) for which two things are a lot and two other things are not a lot?
Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!
Activity After Reading
Let’s make some drawings of five things that are not a lot and five other things that are a lot.