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One Grain of Rice




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Title Author Grade level
 One Grain of Rice  Demi  2nd to 4th grade


Math Fairy Tale


Summary of the story :
 Long ago in India, there lived a raja who believed that he was wise and fair. But every year he kept nearly all the people's rice for himself. Then a village girl named Rani devises a clever plan, using the surprising power of doubling to win more than one billion grains of rice from the raja.

Something you can do in your classroom

Can you fold a piece of paper 30 times?  ... See the power of Squaring








Possible Design Challenges:
  • Design a habitant that you can grow rice and test different ways to improve its growth.
  • Design a tool that could be used to count the rice faster than each grain at a time?
  • Could we design a wagon to carry the rice?
  Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, known as Demi, has created more than 130 books for children, many of which are adaptations of Chinese folktales. Her work also includes concept and puzzle books, picture-book biographies, fables, and novelty board books


  Prepared by  Bill Wolfson.  Copyright 2011-2013
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