Ten, Nine, Eight
Bang, M. 1983. Ten, nine, eight. NY: Greenwillow Books.
This is a beautifully illustrated lullaby that counts down from ten washed toes, all the way down to one girl who is ready to be put to bed by her family.
Readability Formula Grade
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level 0.8
Gunning-Fog Score 3.2
Coleman-Liau Index 5.5
SMOG Index 1.8
Automated Readability Index -0.4
Average Grade Level 2.2
This is a very simple read that promotes basic counting skills, which are the foundation of young math skills. Each page deals with a descending number as a young girl is prepared for bed. The numbers discussed can be found in the illustrations, allowing for children to count aloud and make connections. One sentence per page makes it a simple read, and it is written as though it would be a read-aloud book. It has a simple chronology and its language is low complexity.
This book would be a great count-along book, and a great pre-cursor book to nap-time. It also features a family, and could be used in units on family and family “rituals.”
Students will use a variety of strategies to understand what they read (construct meaning).
1. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of print to determine how print is organized and read
Understand that speech can be written and read
Read a minimum of 15 books, both literary and informational
Identify title, cover page, front and back of book, table of contents, page numbers, and describe what information is presented on the title and cover pages
Track print from left to right and top to bottom
Make return sweep to next line of text
Match oral words to printed words
Differentiate numerals, letters and words
Recognize that printed words are separated by spaces
Recognize that letters build words and words build sentences
Standard 1.0 Knowledge of Algebra, Patterns, and Functions
1. Identify and copy numeric patterns
Author website: http://www.mollybang.com/Pages/biodetail.html
- Caldecott Honor Book