Have your textbooks been picked up already? Are you looking for something fun and challenging to do with your class? I have the perfect book and activity for you! The book is 1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions by David LaRochelle.

Each page has a picture and says something like 1+1=7?
I show the page to my students to see if they can figure out what in the picture would add up to be seven. Then we look at the next page for the answer. For example, one triangle + one square = 7 sides! My first graders LOVE this book and it encourages higher level thinking. Once we have finished reading the book students make their own pages and we put them into a class book. I have already created the class book pages for you. Just click the picture to download your copy!


  1. Cool! Thanks for sharing the freebie! I definitely want to grab this book. :) ~Heidi V.

  2. Except now I can't download the freebie! :( Is it me? Or the technology? ~Heidi V.

  3. Thanks for the great review of my book, Jennifer! And if anyone is looking for other free extension activities, you can check out my website www.davidlarochelle.com. Go to the "books" section and click on the cover of 1 + 1 = 5.


  4. I cannot seem to open the freebie either - but it looks great!

    1. I reset the link. Try it and see if it works!

  5. I'm going to have to check out this book. Thank you so much for the freebie!!!

  6. We just got that book in our school library! Thank you for the freebie to go with it!
    Jen's Kinder Kids
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  7. I'm so glad I read this the other day because both my first graders AND second graders just took math tests and I don't really think it's a good idea to start a new unit just to end it in 2 and a half days... so I am totally doing this tomorrow. Thank you!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!