In Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, a witch and her cat are flying on their broom stick when misfortune strikes in the form of a gust of wind. The witch and her cat are knocked off their broom stick. While they are on the ground, a dog asks to join their flight on the broom. The generous witch obliges and so the story goes on. Each time the witch gets knocked down, she pops back up with one more friend riding along. In the end, her generosity pays off as she is able to escape a terrible dragon with the help of her new friends. The ending offers a creative solution to the dragon and her broken broom.
When I was reading the book with my son, Logan, I noticed that he was constantly making connections to the story and the concept of adding one. I wanted him to practice determining quantity when one object is added without having to count the objects.
I gave him a 5 frame and 5 buttons. As we read the book, he added a button to the 5 frame to show the number of people/ animals on the broom. As he added one more, I would ask him, "Can you tell me how many buttons without counting?"
After we had done the activity in the order of the book, we practiced the skill by playing a dice game. Logan would roll a dice and add that many buttons to the 5 frame. (If he rolled a 6, he took another turn. If he rolled a 5, I'd ask him how many more he could add - zero!) After he made his number, I'd ask him to add one more to his 5 frame. Then I'd ask, "Can you tell me how many buttons you have without counting?" We also had number cards, so we built the addition sentence to match.
He did so well with the five frame, we also used a 10 frame to play the game.
If you would like to play this math game with your child or students, I have provided a free printable copy of our 5 frame that has a room on the broom theme. You can also play this game with blank 5 frames. In this free printable, I've provided both 5 frames and 10 frames that are blank. Click on the image to download free in google drive. (If you have difficulty downloading, I've noticed many schools block downloads from google drive. Teachers, you might want to download this at home.)
Room on the Broom is a wonderful text to use to explore early math concepts. The illustrations in the story are captivating and the rhyme pattern is nicely done. Julia Donaldson's books are (always?) rhyming and are wonderful to use with children who are developing phonological awareness. Donaldson is the featured author of the VBC for kids this month. You will be able to find activities, recipes, games, and more to accompany many of her books in the linky party below.
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