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From: Dianne Unger

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001112716:22:46
Subject: "Bats on Parade"

I have used Kathi Appelt's excellent book "Bats on Parade" to help with the concept of building arrays. The book has brilliantly coloured illustrations as well as exciting and descriptive language. Before I read this book to students, I tell them that the book tells a story and it also gives the meaning of array. I direct them to think about what an array could be based on the story. Then, I read the story aloud. The students inevitably determine that an array is the arrangment of objects in columns and rows.

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