number stories! math cats explore

Friends of Math Cats have been sending in number stories... scroll on down and read a few! We'd love to see your stories, too! What is your favorite number and why? Pretend you're a number! Can you imagine a conversation between two numbers?

*Here are some number stories from Macao:

 One day, two little polar bears were sitting on three pieces of ice. Four little seals were sleeping on five pieces of ice. Six little penguins were swimming in the ocean. Seven little fish were swimming in the ocean too. Eight birds were flying in the sky. Nine big whales were swimming in the ocean. They all played for ten minutes. ___________________________shared by Dina, age 10, grade 3The International School of Macao, Ms. Trellman's classTaipa, Macao, S.A.R. June 18, 2006

 One day, two big boys were walking. Then came three big dinosaurs running around a house. Four hours later, seven little birds came flying in the sky. Then eight elephants came marching on the roof. An hour later the big dinosaurs fell asleep. Then ten boys went tiptoeing home. ___________________________shared by Po, age 9, grade 2The International School of Macao, Ms. Trellman's classTaipa, Macao, S.A.R. June 18, 2006

 One day, two children were hungry. They carried three ice creams. Four tigers were hungry too. They wanted to eat the children in five minutes. The children saw the tiger and they were in danger so they hid behind six trees. Then, seven dragons saw the children. In eight minutes, the dragons helped the children. Their nine parents were happy and at ten o'clock they went to sleep. ___________________________shared by Leo, age 9, grade 3The International School of Macao, Ms. Trellman's classTaipa, Macao, S.A.R. June 18, 2006

 One day I saw two black cats in the house. Then three white cats came out of the door! Then four monsters came out. Then five shoes walked out by themselves. Then six people ran out. Then seven ghosts floated out and eight dinosaurs stomped out. Nine minutes later, ten dragons flew out! Finally, I went inside the house. ___________________________shared by Hou Nam, age 9, grade 3The International School of Macao, Ms. Trellman's classTaipa, Macao, S.A.R. June 18, 2006

 One day, two little monsters were going to their three beds. There were four birds on their beds. Five minutes later, six cars passed by and seven monsters jumped out of the cars. Then, eight typhoons blew, nine trees fell down, and ten typhoons came. ___________________________shared by Joe, age 9, grade 3The International School of Macao, Ms. Trellman's classTaipa, Macao, S.A.R. June 18, 2006

*Here are some number stories from South Australia:

 The Halloween StoryOne Halloween night there were two monsters in the same cupboard in a haunted house. There were three ghosts in different drawers. Then four giants knocked on the door and five ogres welcomed them in. Six people ran in with the giants. Then seven or eight witches met nine or ten wizards and they made magic spells. ___________________________shared by Rebecca, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South Australia May 31, 2002

 A Night at the BeachOne dark night at the beach we saw two under water divers. Then came three. They went into four or five different rock pools. They saw six starfish and seven colourful pieces of coral.From eight o'clock to nine o'clock they continued exploring, and at ten o'clock they surfaced and went home. ___________________________shared by Kirralee, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaMay 31, 2002

 A Number StoryOne day I went to the beach. Two days later I went back to the beach. Then three hours later we went home, and on the way we went passed four kangaroos. When we got home there were five birds. Then another bird came and that made six birds. Seven kids scared the birds away, then eight birds pecked at the kids. Nine cats pounced on the birds. Then ten dogs chased the cats away. ___________________________shared by Matthew, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms. Quick's classAdelaide, South Australia May 31, 2002

 At the ZooOne fine day two friends went to the zoo. They saw three monkeys and four or five giraffes. Then they saw six or seven kangaroos hopping around their cage. They saw eight koalas. Then they saw nine or ten snakes escaping from their cages. The friends ran out of the zoo screaming. ___________________________shared by Laura B., age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaMay 31, 2002

 A PotionOne evening at my house, there were two rats in the basement and three black cats. There were four or five witches and six or seven wizards. They were mixing spells in eight black pots. Then they added in nine frogs and ten mice and suddenly the potion blew up. ___________________________shared by Laura C., age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms. Quick's classAdelaide, South Australia May 31, 2002

 The Royal ShowOne sunny day two children and three grown ups went to the Royal Show. They went round the ferris wheel four times. They passed the horses five times. Then the children asked their parents six times, "Can we please ride the horses?" "No," said their parents seven or eight times. Then they saw a man juggling nine balls. On the way home they saw ten puppies in the pet shop window. ___________________________shared by Mahala, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms. Quick's classAdelaide, South Australia May 31, 2002

 Crossing the RoadOne day two rabbits hopped across three roads and narrowly missed being hit by four cars. Five seconds later six or seven kangaroos crossed the same road and narrowly missed being hit by eight or nine trucks that honked their horn ten times. ___________________________shared by Ryan, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaMay 31, 2002

 A Music FestivalOne night we went to a music festival. In the orchestra there were two or three flutes, four or five trumpets, six or seven violins and eight or nine harps. At interval I met ten friends there. The concert was very enjoyable. ___________________________shared by Edward, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms. Quick's classAdelaide, South Australia May 31, 2002

 The Scary Ghost StoryOne scary ghost, two ugly witches, three black cats, four bats, five wizards, six black spiders, seven or eight monsters, nine giants and ten snakes all live together in a big haunted house on top of a hill. Nobody dared to go there. ___________________________shared by Melanie, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaMay 31, 2002

 FriendsOne sunny day two friends went for a walk. They met up with three or four other people. Then five minutes later six other friends walked with them for seven kilometres. Eight or nine days later, ten of these people met up again but this time they were at the beach. ___________________________shared by Sam, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms. Quick's classAdelaide, South Australia May 31, 2002

 At the ZooOne day I went to the zoo. I saw two tigers, three lions, four platypuses, five zebras, six foxes, seven kangaroos, eight goats, nine hippos, and ten wallabies. ___________________________shared by Kari-anne, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaMay 31, 2002
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 Going AwayOne day I saw two lizards climb three gates. I walked further on and I saw four mice hopping through five bushes. It became night and six people saw seven kangaroos and eight koalas. Then they saw nine possums and ten foxes. ___________________________shared by Chris, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 At the BeachOne hot day two friends and I went to the beach. At three o'clock we went swimming and saw four starfish and five dolphins. Then we waded for six metres and saw seven crabs and we jumped eight waves. At nine o'clock we went home, and ten minutes later we went to bed. ___________________________shared by Shannon, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 Haunted HouseOne day two men went into a haunted house. They saw three ghosts, four spirits and five scary rats. Then they were surprised to see six black cats, seven dogs, eight snakes, nine bats and ten spider webs. They were terrified, so they ran out and never went back there again. ___________________________shared by Scott, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 A Stormy NightOne stormy night I went into a haunted house. Two cats were near the door. I opened the door and I saw three spiders. There was a step and then another step. I looked up the stairs and I saw four witches coming down the stairs. I screamed five times and ran all the way home in six or seven minutes. At eight o'clock I went back there. This time there were nine kind fairies who granted me ten free wishes. ___________________________shared by Erin, age 9, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 The Zoo Number StoryOne day I went to the zoo. I saw two snakes and three, four or five lions. Then I stopped for six minutes for lunch. My brothers had seven sandwiches and eight or nine drinks. Then I saw ten horses. Then I went home and it was fun at the zoo. ___________________________shared by Kaitlin, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 Dogs at SchoolOne school day two children saw three dogs on the oval. Four teachers said ,"Go to the office and ring the dog pound. The telephone number is five, six, seven, eight, nine." Ten minutes later the dog was taken away. ___________________________shared by Kayla, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 A Spooky Number StoryOne stormy day I was playing with two balls. My brother gave me three more. They bounced out of four windows and into the five storey haunted house next door. I walked through the six metre high door and saw seven coats behind it. I kept on walking and on the way I saw eight pictures. There was a room up ahead and in the room there were nine doors. I went through one and I saw ten ghosts surrounding me. I ran all the way home. Phew, safe and sound. ___________________________shared by Jacqui, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 The Pichu BrothersOne day the two Pichu brothers went to buy three ice creams. Then came their four Pikachu friends. They had five donuts. They went to the small beach on Six Street. Then came seven bullies. They aimed eight punches but missed. They saw nine seals. They went home at ten o'clock in the morning. ___________________________shared by Brandon, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 At the ParkOne night there were two people walking in the park. Three more came and they went to sit down. Then four people left to go home. The next day five people went to the park and six more people came, and they all went home to have seven or eight sandwiches. At night they had nine biscuits and ten more sandwiches. ___________________________shared by Amber, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 Tinme for a StoryOne o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock rock. Four o'clock, five o'clock, six o'clock rock. Seven o'clock, eight o'clock, nine o'clock rock. Ten o'clock and I am going to rock around the house. ___________________________shared by Dillon, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 My Haunted BedroomOne night there were two ghosts underneath my bed. Three vampires were in the roof. Then I looked out side and saw four witches. Then there were five monsters. Then I saw six or seven mummies. After that there were eight aliens and nine or ten wolves. ___________________________shared by Jack, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 Dogs and CatsOne cloudy day two dogs caught three cats that were hiding behind four trucks, five boxes, six trailers and seven pieces of wood. Eight seconds later, the cats escaped because they have nine lives. Ten minutes later the dogs were still wondering how the cats escaped so quickly. ___________________________shared by Kyle, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 The Royal ShowOne day two or three children went to the Royal Show. They got four show bags each. In their bags, there were five lollipops. Then they went on their favorite ride six times. After that they heard their favorite band seven or eight times. Then they got nine bags of fairy floss. Later they went home and saw ten cars going along the road. ___________________________shared by Kate, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002

 ThumpingOne night the power went off in my house. I heard a thumping sound two times. I lit a candle and I saw something with three hands, four legs, five heads and six toes. I screamed seven times before eight or nine neighbours came to my rescue, and ten seconds later the monster disappeared. ___________________________shared by Courtney, age 8, grade 3North Haven Schools, Ms Quick's classAdelaide, South AustraliaJune 5, 2002
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 Motor Bikes I'm a number boy. I'm the number 19. I have 19 motor bikes. I ride them 19 days. ___________________________shared by Reece, age 8, grade 3 Courtney Gardens Primary School Mr. Randall's classAustralia June 1, 2002 Five I have five cats, that's all. ___________________________shared by James, age 7, grade 2 (almost)Doubek Elementary School East Troy, Wisconsin, U.S.June 1, 2002

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