David LaRochelle

author & illustrator

1+ 1= 5 and Other Unlikely Equations

illus­trat­ed by Bren­da Sex­ton
Ster­ling Chil­dren’s Books, 2010
ages 5 to 12, ISBN 978–1‑4027–5995‑6

Find this book at your local library or favorite used bookseller.

So you think 1 + 1 = 2? After read­ing this book, you won’t be so sure.

With a mix of math and cre­ative think­ing, 1 + 1 can equal 3, 13, or even 110. It all depends on what you’re adding!

Stu­dents in kinder­garten through fifth grade have come up with their own cre­ative 1 + 1 equa­tions. What do YOU think 1 + 1 equals?

Resources

You and your stu­dents can explore the world of num­bers and cre­ativ­i­ty with this fun and use­ful teach­ing guide in col­or for 1 + 1 = 5 and Oth­er Unlike­ly Addi­tions. If you’d like to print the teach­ing guide in black-and-white, we’ve pro­vid­ed it that way, too.

Look­ing for even more ways to cel­e­brate num­bers and imag­i­na­tion? Here’s a Num­ber Hunt word search that is also a match­ing quiz.

Who knows what lurks behind these mild-man­nered numer­als when your stu­dents put their artis­tic skills to work dis­cov­er­ing The Secret Life of Num­bers.

Call­ing all brain­storm­ers! Stretch your imag­i­na­tion with these two work­sheets: Under­wa­ter Brain­storms and What Is It?

Get out your crayons and mark­ers and get read­ing for this Col­or­ing Sheet from 1 + 1 = 5.

And after your stu­dents tack­le some of the chal­lenges above or in the teach­ing guide, you can reward their efforts with this Cre­ativ­i­ty Cer­tifi­cate.

Awards and Recognition

Award
Min­neso­ta Book Award final­ist