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**Summary and Book Infomation**

Clean Sweep Campers is a short children's book introducing young math minds to fractions. It is written by author Lucille Penner and would be appropriate for grades K-3. The book centres around the main character Annie, whose letter correspondence with her parents narrates the story. In the first letter to her parents, Annie eludes to the book's central conflict, that Annie and her bunkmates do not like cleaning up.

To solve this problem, Annie and her friends devise a plan to ensure that the bunkhouse stays clean; this is where the reader is first introduced to the idea of fractions. In an attempt to tackle all the jobs Annie and her friends ( a group of eight) split up into smaller groups. At first, the group is split into half, so there are two groups of four. However, conflict arises as certain group members do not want to do specific jobs. Therefore, Annie attempts to devise a new plan and says that their group of 8 should split into three groups. But to Annie's surprise, she realises that you cannot split eight people into three groups! So, she attempted to add a camp counsellor to one of the groups, but unfortunately, her request was denied.

So as the jobs continue to pile up, Annie and her friends must think quickly, and they realise that eight people can be broken up into two groups of four. Amazing! Unfortunately, disaster strikes one of the campers is stung by a bee while cleaning the yard. Therefore, a new plan must be created. The campers decide they should all form their own group of one so they can cover the eight jobs, but each girl gets to do the job they want to as opposed to one they do not.

Fractions save the day as the girls learn how a large group of people can be broken up into small groupings but still get the job done!

To solve this problem, Annie and her friends devise a plan to ensure that the bunkhouse stays clean; this is where the reader is first introduced to the idea of fractions. In an attempt to tackle all the jobs Annie and her friends ( a group of eight) split up into smaller groups. At first, the group is split into half, so there are two groups of four. However, conflict arises as certain group members do not want to do specific jobs. Therefore, Annie attempts to devise a new plan and says that their group of 8 should split into three groups. But to Annie's surprise, she realises that you cannot split eight people into three groups! So, she attempted to add a camp counsellor to one of the groups, but unfortunately, her request was denied.

So as the jobs continue to pile up, Annie and her friends must think quickly, and they realise that eight people can be broken up into two groups of four. Amazing! Unfortunately, disaster strikes one of the campers is stung by a bee while cleaning the yard. Therefore, a new plan must be created. The campers decide they should all form their own group of one so they can cover the eight jobs, but each girl gets to do the job they want to as opposed to one they do not.

Fractions save the day as the girls learn how a large group of people can be broken up into small groupings but still get the job done!

How could this resource help us teach fractions?

**How can this book help teach math?**

Fractions can be intimidating to new learners, especially when it is presented in formats such as the pictures displayed on this page.

Books like Clean Sweep Campers can assist learners by providing real-life examples of how fractions work in their world! By linking fractions to the outside world, young learners have more examples to draw on than traditional teaching examples, such as the pie graph. This will hopefully make the topic more approachable when they come across it in math class.

**Follow-up math activity related to clean sweep campers**

Clean Sweep Campers could be the "hook" of a lesson on fractions, as teachers could use the ideas presented within this book to challenge the class to break up into groups of their own and then processively get smaller. For example, if you had 28 students within a class, you could ask them to break into two even groups and represent what happened as a fraction. So the first transition would be 1/2. Then the teacher could challenge the class to get into smaller groups, but this time tell them that they need to form groups that represent 1/4. The students would have to consider what 1/4 of 28 is to form these new groups.

This exercise would get the student's on their feet, moving around, and activity collaborating to figure out what one-quarter of 28 would be, thus giving them another example of how fractions play a role in everyday life. From there, the educator could have the students sit down and begin their lesson on the whiteboard by representing fractions through numbers and piecharts.

This exercise would get the student's on their feet, moving around, and activity collaborating to figure out what one-quarter of 28 would be, thus giving them another example of how fractions play a role in everyday life. From there, the educator could have the students sit down and begin their lesson on the whiteboard by representing fractions through numbers and piecharts.

The more variations a learner can see, the better the chances of finding a form of fractions that makes sense to them!

And that is the power of books like Clean Sweep Campers! More variation, context and examples for all learners!