This version is for A4 size paper. Letter size (8.5x11) paper version here.
Trouble with Monkeys: A place value story is a 32 page math concept picture book first intended for traditional publication. It underwent a major revision but I still thought this version had merit, so I am selling it here (it is all black and white).
Trouble with Monkeys is a story about a boy who tries to pack oranges at his Dad's packing house while his Dad's away, but mischievous monkeys have escaped from the zoo and got there first. The young boy is able to get obscure helpers from around the city and the oranges go from single oranges, into bags, into boxes, onto pallets, into trucks, onto trains, and eventually sail away on a cargo ship with one million oranges. Who knew a group of monkeys could be so much trouble while packing oranges?
It is appropriate for a wide span of ages (4-11), but is mainly geared towards 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. It not only reviews the place value system of ones through the millions, but it shows the progression of how the size gets bigger (in a way that children might be more familiar with).
It goes well with the Montessori golden beads teaching technique.
I hope you enjoy this story and find it helpful to reinforce the place value system with your students!