Monthly Maths: It’s all about time

I mentioned before that I am trying to purchase books this year that have a “maths” component to them.  As I will be teaching a unit on Time when we return to school after Easter I have been exploring some possible literature tie-ins.

Here are those that I already own and use:

Jasper’s Beanstalk is a fantastic book. It integrated the days of the week and the process of growing a plant from seed. It’s good for literacy, maths and SESE. This book will sure work hard in your classroom/home!

It costs €6.89 from book Click here for a link.

Click here to visit my previous blog post on Jasper’s Beanstalk

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is an absolute classic. I am sure most if not all of you own this beauty!

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Click here to purchase

Here is a free sheet that includes all of the images that you need to re-tell or sequence The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Enlarge it to A3 and you really have something to work with.

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Click here for a link

These are on my wish list 😉

Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward and Tomie dePoala is a sweet story about a cat, Cookie, who gets up to antics every day of the week!

“On Monday, Cookie (the cat) fell in the toilet.” So what happens? Follow the Cookie’s escapades throughout the whole week to find out!

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It costs €4.19. Click here to purchase.

Here is another Eric Carle classic. I can’t believe that I don’t already own it! It would make a fantastic book for Teaching Practice. I even discovered a song to accompany it!

“String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children’s song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world’s children are invited to come together and share in the meal”

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Here is a little video so that you can hear the “Today is Monday”. I have to admit that I didn’t know there was such a thing! Am I losing touch?! Did you know about it?

Here are the actions:

If you want to purchase the song in iTunes here is the link

It’sAbout Time is from the MathStart series of books. I absolutely want all of the MathsStart Level 1 books for my classroom. They look amazing and are really well prices.

‘It’s About Time. . .. . . to wake up.. . . to learn, to play, to read.. . . to cuddle up in the blankets and to dream.A twenty-four — hour day is full of great things to do!’


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It’s About Time costs€4.47. Click here for a link

Can you recommend any other books or resources? Please leave a comment if you do!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh.


5 thoughts on “Monthly Maths: It’s all about time

  1. misscaffrey says:

    What’s the time, Mr Wolf? Debbie Gliori (o’clock) and Mrs Honey’s Hat (days of the week) are both lovely books for this topic. I found two books in my classroom called Mr Wolf’s week and Mr Wolf’s day by Colin Hawkins. My copies are very battered and old but the kids loved these too.

    • missmernagh says:

      Hi Miss Caffery,
      I just looked at your suggestions and they are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. I will have to get me some…
      Miss Mernagh 🙂

  2. annieg1 says:

    Good song from out if the ark . Com –
    Its either from everyday songs book or I love maths book … It’s called singing a week ! May be available to purchase from the song calendar for the singchronize player ( this is free to download …. There are free songs every so often – songs cost £4 approx ( this includes lesson ideas ) any songs by milk I Davies are very infant friendly !def worth looking at the Nikki Davies everyday songs book and the I love maths songbook !
    Plus another Eric carle book – the bad tempered ladybird ( otherwise known as the grouchy ladybug )this may be more for teaching how to tell the time !
    Sent from my iPhone

    • missmernagh says:

      Hi Angie,
      I will have to check our your song suggestions. They sound interesting!
      Thank you for reminding me of The Bad Tempered Ladybird. I don’t own a copy of it. You are so right, it would be perfect for teaching how to tell the time!
      Miss Mernagh 🙂

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