Sunday, May 12, 2013

Math Mentor Text Link Up -- Greg Tang

For this week's mentor text link up, with Collaboration Cuties, I have chosen to focus on a wonderful series of math picture books by Greg Tang.  His well-known books are designed to help students develop number sense, problem solving skills, computation, mental math, and conceptual thinking.  

The following three texts I have used with second graders and plan to purchase the fourth.  The books are available in our classroom library for individual exploration, BUT Greg Tang also has a WONDERFUL website that makes it possible for students to interact with the content of each text as a class.  Simply project on a screen or, even better, an interactive whiteboard!

This is a screen shot of the online version of Math-terpieces, my personal favorite. 

Check out Greg Tang's website for games, app information, videos, and more...

Don't forget to stop over to Collaboration Cuties to check out more math mentor texts...

Happy Mothers' Day to all of the mothers out there!


  1. I love Greg Tang's books. I had no idea he had such a great website. Thanks for sharing that! I will have to use it next year when we use some of his books.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. I love Greg Tang's books too!! And I also did not know about his website so that is super helpful! Thanks so much for linking up!!!

    Collaboration Cuties

  3. I really like The Grapes of Wrath book but had no idea there were other fabulous books and an awesome website to supplement them - definitely going to check these out and add them to my ever-growing "to-buy" list :)

    Joy in the Journey

  4. Thanks for sharing the info about the website. I really like those books and will be checking the website out this week. I like how you said it allows the students to interact with the pictures as a class - that is one of the reasons I've struggled with these books - finding ways to use them as a whole group!

    1. The one that I use that is most interactive is the Math-terpieces, as it will highlight when groups are selected and create addition equations when a correct group is made. The Grapes of Math and Math for all Seasons one does not let the kids actually manipulate the objects on the screen, but is so nice to project this on a larger scale and have those thoughtful discussion with a large group, plus with an interactive whiteboard kids can circle items to show their thinking, etc. Then, when an answer is entered, equations will pop up to represent the thinking... Have fun checking out the site with your kids!

      Have a great week!

  5. A couple of my teammates use his books and I never managed to work them in this year, but def will make use of the website and books next year! Thank you!
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    1. Math Potatoes and The Best of Times would be great for your grade level. Challenges thinking!

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  6. How cool! What a great resource. I can't wait to check it out.
    Have a great week.

    School Is a Happy Place

  7. I have not heard of these books. I will be checking out the website- thanks!

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  8. Hi Everyone,

    Greg Tang here. I'm new to this blogging world but am loving what I see so far. I'm so happy to hear people like my books and are planning to try more of them next year. If you're interested in a game that gets kids to "see numbers the right way," try BreakApart. And when you want true fact fluency, give Kakooma a try. It's so annoying, it's addicting! If you have ever have any questions, shoot me an email and I'll try to help.

    Hope everyone has a great summer, and remember, Kakooma matata!

    1. Greg--

      Thanks so much for taking the time to fly on over to our blog! What a surprise! We have added a link to your site on our side bar. Love your books and your website--so many great resources for teachers and so much fun and learning for kids... Thanks for supporting what we do!

      All the best--
      Sarah & Courtney