As a math teacher I always think I should link up with Collaboration Cuties' mentor texts for math -- but never do! This week I had just posted about this little find, so it seems the perfect time to do it.
The O'Malley family is heading for the beach. To while away the time, the kids play tally games -- first they each pick a color of car and tally how many they see for 20 minutes. Later they tally t-shirt colors while waiting in line. This book is a great introduction to or review of tally marks.
To extend the story, try some tally games with your class. This could be at school, or how about a home assignment or on the trip to or from school?