Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Lucky Beans


Bibliographic Information:  Lucky Beans. Written by Becky Birtha and illustrated by Nicole Tadgell.  Albert Whitman & Company. c., 2010.

Reading Level:  600L

Synopsis:  Marshall Loman and his family are suffering because of the Great Depression and they have to eat beans for dinner almost every night.  Marshall notices a sign in a store to guess how many beans in a jar and win a sewing machine and realizes this could help his family out.  Marshall and his family work together by using math skills to make their estimate.

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This story would be great as a cross-curricular story.  You could obviously use it for reading, social studies, and math because it ties in all of these elements.

Common Core Connection:  You could discuss life for African Americans and other families during the Great Depression when discussing U.S. History in Social Studies.  It would also be a great book to use in a math unit on measurement and estimation.


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