The book that I'm going to share with you today is one of my favorite math mentor texts titled If You Hopped Like a Frog.
This book is full of fun facts and comparisons such as, "If you high-jumped like a flea, you could land on Lady Liberty's torch." I love the fun facts and illustrations!
In the back of the book are the actual numbers (or close estimates - another discussion topic). For example, a flea can jump about 70 times its own height. Students can use this information to figure out exactly how far they could jump, if they could jump like a flea.
A few of my other favorite facts are:
"If you swallowed like a snake, you could gulp a hot dog thicker than a telephone pole."
"If you had the brain of a brachiosaurus, your brain would be smaller than a pea."
"If you scurried like a spider, you could charge down an entire football field in just two seconds."
In each case, the more precise numbers are in the back of the book. This is a great book for estimation, multiplication, division, and ratios. I just love it, and so to the students.
I'm off to check out all the other great mentor texts.
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Good luck to those who are going back to school tomorrow!