If You Made a Million

Bibliographic Information: Schwartz, David M., and Steven Kellogg. If You Made a Million. New York: Scholastic, 1989.

Brief Annotation: If You Made a Million explains the concept of working and making money. It breaks down the money by showing all the possible combinations that can be grouped to form a total.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 4-5

Readers who will like this: Children will enjoy this book because it has a fun story line that shows how to earn, spend, as well as save money.

Rating/Response 3 If You Made a Million is a good choice to be used when teaching the concepts of money and breaking down larger numbers. However, the book has some outdated comparisons and children may need assistance when reading it.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you buy if you had a million dollars?

Reading Strategy: Math

Rational for Strategy: If You Made a Million would be a good selection when teaching about currency. Students can learn how money is broken down into smaller amounts and the idea of grouping numbers. The book also describes placing money in the bank and the concept of interest, as well as writing checks.

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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