Synopses & Reviews
In "Seaweed Soup, the math concept presented is matching sets, or one-to-one correspondence. Understanding sets is an important step in counting, understanding more than/less than, and learning about patterns and relationships.
If you would like to have more fun with the math concepts presented in "Seaweed Soup, here are a few suggestions: Read the story with the child and describe what is going on in each picture. Ask questions like: " Now how many animals are coming to lunch?" " How is the table setting on this page different from the table setting on the previous page? Why did it change?" While reading the story, ask the child what things each new character will need in order to eat lunch. As each new guest arrives, count the number of cups, spoons, napkins, and bowls on the table. Discuss how each guest has 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 napkin, and 1 bowl. Ask the child such questions as: " Suppose there are 8 people coming to the house for dinner and there are only 6 spoons on the table. How many more spoons will we need?" or " Suppose everyone in the family will need 2 spoons for dinner. How many spoons will we need altogether?" After reading the story, act it out by setting a table using different types of cups, spoons, napkins, and bowls for each of the 5 characters. After acting out the story, have the child compare the table he or she set to the table at the end of the story.
Following are some activities that will help you extend the concepts presented in "Seaweed Soup into a child's everyday life:
Lunch Party: Plan a lunch party (real or make-believe) with the child's favorite soup as the main course. Have the child figureout how many cups, spoons, napkins, and bowls will be needed for the lunch.
Around the House: Have the child count the number of spoons, knives, and forks in the kitchen. Is there a spoon for every fork? How many sets of 1 spoon, 1 knife, and 1 fork can you make?
Game: Make two rows of pennies (any number will do) in front of each child. Ask, " Do your sets of pennies match?" Ask the children to close their eyes. Add 1 penny to or take 1 away from some of the rows. When the children open their eyes, ask, " Who has 2 rows that don't match? How can we make them match?" If a child answers correctly, he or she gets 1 penny from each of the other players. Repeat. Whoever ends up with the most pennies wins.
It's slimy. It's smelly. Its green and it's gooey. It's seaweed soup -- and its Turtle's favorite lunch!
Turtle has made enough seaweed soup for everyone. But it looks awful and smells worse! Nobody wants to even taste it. How can they tell Turtle without hurting his feelings?
As Turtle serves lunch to his reluctant guests, young readers can learn about matching sets (also called one-to-one correspondence) by keeping track of all the different bowls, cups, spoons, and napkins on the table. Lighthearted art and a surprise ending make this a story readers will eat up.
About the Author
Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has a strong background in design and art direction. He also has extensive experience in the world of educational publishing. Drawing on all these talents, Stuart J. Murphy brings a unique perspective to the MathStart series. In MathStart books, pictures do more than tell stories; they teach math.
Stuart J. Murphy and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston.