This was a wonderful read aloud and fit well with our money unit. The book captivated the students who even begged -- yes begged me not to stop. So being the nicest teacher on the planet, I suffered through another well written, funny and engaging chapter.
We made the typical G.O. chart but also added character maps comparing Jessie and her brother Evan inside and outside traits. The rich discussion about character traits, motivations and feelings & how the two shared some traits/feelings made the book come alive. We made numerous predictions, voted and literally shouted in disbelieve at one point! I had never read the book myself so I had to promise the boys I wouldn't read ahead either. ;-) This group LOVES to be read a good story.
This book had many graphs, and drawings to figure out math problems. It introduced nicely business strategies using a lemonade stand.. the kids really liked the idea of a Franchise ( 13 girls selling lemonade at their own stands and then sharing the profits.) I could see a few gears tuning.
Then they asked me to buy the next book in the series... done.
The weekly store and our class economy system will never be the same... look out for some rate increases at the class store and well those pesky market forces... head on over to our math blog.