# Storybook Guide Based on Eve Merriam’s “12 Ways to Get to 11”

## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “12 Ways to Get to 11.”
Many public libraries have this book.

“12 Ways to Get to 11” is a counting book about decomposing, or breaking apart, the number 11 in various ways. Each page shows a different combination of objects, such as nine pinecones and two acorns. The story encourages children to think about counting objects in the world around them.

#### Words to Learn

pine cone, acorn, pitcher, bouquet, sail, anchor, catalog, postcard, triplets, twins, sow, piglet

ACTION WORDS
darting, cracking open, poking out, hatched

To count the objects and figure out different ways to get to 11, your child can learn:

• We group and count all the like items together. For example, group and count the peanut shells together and then count all the popcorn pieces separately.
• We need to keep track of which objects we already counted so we don’t count each object more than once or miss any.
• We can break apart a group of objects into smaller groups.
• When we combine those smaller groups back together, we get the total number of objects.
• PRACTICE COUNTING THE NUMBER OF OBJECTS ON EACH PAGE AND PUTTING ALL THE OBJECTS TOGETHER TO FIND THE TOTAL
How many pine cones are there? How many acorns are there? How many is that altogether?
• EXPLORE COMPARING THE NUMBER OF OBJECTS IN EACH GROUP
Are there more acorns or pine cones? How do you know?
• TALK ABOUT DECOMPOSING 11 IN A NEW WAY
Can you think of a different way to get to 11?
• TRY TO COME UP WITH WAYS TO DECOMPOSE OTHER NUMBERS
Can you think of two ways to get to the number five?

Try to come up with some of your own questions and comments, too!