I am always looking for books that incorporate mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging manner. The book, Find Your Way in Space by Paul Boston, will take your young reader on a space mission using math and mapping skills. This book encourages children to solve a mystery.
The Space Mission is as follows…
The Zeebles’ rockets have crash-landed in Crater Canyon and they are unable to get home. The reader needs to find their way to the crash site by choosing which exits and entrances to follow on each page.
There are five steps to completing the mission…
- Choose your transportation
- Choose a route
- Choose one of three missions to help the Zeebles…
- Collect Batteries to power up the engine
- Collect cans of glue to mend the panels
- Collect space wrenches to fix the rocket’s wings
- Use map coordinates to find the location of various objects the Zeebles need.
- Use your math skills to help the lost Zeebles find their way home.
Mathematical concepts addressed in this book are counting, addition, shapes, identifying relationships between objects, colors, length, height, map coordinates, and telling time. The concepts are introduced through questions the reader must answer.
For example, one question asks, “My friend lives in Mystic Cabin. Can you tell me where it is?” The reader must find the coordinates of where the Mystic Cabin is located.
Another question asks, “I work in the triangular building with nine windows. Can you see it?” The reader should find a triangular-shaped building with nine windows.
The questions in the book assist the reader in completing the mission.
My son had a great time with this book. He enjoyed solving the math problems and using the coordinates to locate and collect objects. He was given a taste of how math can be used to help others and to make discoveries.
Read this book and take your child on a mathematical journey!