Elevator Magic Math Mentor Text

I am not sure if this particular book has been introduced through the Math Mentor text linky yet. I know that Stuart J. Murphy has written many books that teachers love to incorporate into their math lessons. This one is called Elevator Magic. It is about a little boy who uses real world math to figure out which button he needs to push to go down to a certain floor. He has a vivid imagination. He sees farm animals at the bank, cars and trucks at the delivery place, and a rock band at the candy store.
I use this book to show vertical subtraction and addition problems to my students. I saw that Sharing Kindergarten wrote about using number lines today! I saw a great idea there to make a number line using a pipe cleaner, bead, and vertical  number line. I created one quickly to use. I plan to print on cardstock, punch holes, and use string and a bead instead. Following are some numbers to use to make a small floor number line and a math writing page for a classbook. Just click on the below picture to get it free from Google Docs.

I found that I have 2 copies of this book. I have been downsizing my books... to make room for new titles of course! If you would like a chance to win a gently used copy of Elevator Magic, please leave a comment and an email address. I'll pick a winner tomorrow. Otherwise, you could get it at a bookstore or online somewhere.
Source: Amazon
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  1. Looks like a great one! I think Courtney has his whole collection--so I must investigate!

    Thanks so much for sharing--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. Oh how cuuuute! I love reading your posts!!

    I love the Stuart J Murphy books for math- so much!

    I probably don't need that book for 4th so I won't enter the drawing...even thought this activity is so cute and makes total sense!

    :0) Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Absolutely loved this entire series for my 2nd graders. Sad I can't really use them now with my grade change. I am your newest follower :) Come stop by if you get a chance - I'd love to hear from you!

    The Sweetest Thing
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  4. I love that series of books. Thanks for sharing a great way to use it!!

  5. This book looks great. Thanks so much for the activities to go with it. I'm pinning right now.
    Have a great week.

    School Is a Happy Place


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