
Math Literature


Using literature to teach math concepts is a great way to engage students, as well as linking reading with math. Here are many great texts to use when teaching various math concepts.

math literature
Posted by:Joan #46910


I teach fifth grade and LOVE using math literature!!! Here are some of titles I have and use: Marilyn Burns books: Greedy Triangle Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream Spaghetti and Meatballs for All David M. Schwartz books: How Much is a Million? On Beyond A Million If You Made a Million If You Hopped Like a Frog The "ANNO" books by Mitsumasa Anno Math Curse The Day With No Math Even Steven and Odd Todd How Big is a Foot? Pigs Will Be Pigs Grapes of Math A Remainder of One One Hundred Hungry Ants One Grain of Rice The King's Chessboard The King's Commissioners Grandfather Tang's Story The Adventures of Penrose: The Mathematical Cat The Number Devil A Cloak For the Dreamer Sir...
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Math literature
Posted by:Lisa #63735


An awesome book to use with linear measurement is "How Big is a Foot" by Rolf Muller...a story of how the king wants to have a bed built for the queen....and how the poor apprentice runs into trouble building a bed measured with apprentice sized feet vs. king sized feet. It emphasizes the need for standard units of measurement. "Clocks and More Clocks" (I don't remember the author offhand) is a great book if you're including time in your measurement unit. There are also some great scholastic books in a Hello Math Reader series (depending on the age of your class). I have "Just a Minute" by Teddy Slater but there are also many more of these easy reads which emphasize math concepts. Hope this helped!
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math and literature books
Posted by:Martha #31437


If you can get your hands on the Everyday Math program teachers manual for your grade level, each math unit lists books that can be used to support the math unit being taught and ideas on how to use the book with the class or a small group of students. Some examples were; The Greedy Triangle, Gator Pie, Eating Fractions, Grandfather's Tang Story, In the Next Three Seconds.
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Math Lit.
Posted by:Holly Ashley #20992


I love using literature in my math class and my students really enjoy it as well. Here is a brief list of the books I use on a regular basis. If you'd like a more in depth list of others...email me! The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins (division) Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert (geometry and tangrams) The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (geometry) How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Miller (measurement) One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes (grouping) The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (problem solving)
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math
Posted by:Kim C #69452


Look for books by Mariyn Burns. She has a great one using literature. There's a book called "The Bedspread" that you can use for symmetry. The women in the story are using needlework to decorate opposite ends of a bedspread. They should be symmetrical at the end but they are very different because the women remember different things about their house that they are trying to make in needlepoint. Also, have students paint a design on half of a paper and fold it. Rub the outside, open it up, and there will be symmetrical designs on it. Have them then create symmetricl mittens by choosing a mitten already decorated and creating the other half. Play "What's my rule" with assorted shapes to teach the characteristics of shapes.
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Math /literature
Posted by:Helen #17251


The Three Hat Day Each Orange Has Eight Slices The Doorbell Rang The Foot Book The Grouchy Ladybug How Much Is A Foot? How to Eat Fried Worms Eating Fractions There are many others that I have used but I just cannot think. Don't have my resources handy at present. Hope these few help!
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math literature
Posted by:Lynne Peterson #14251


The Pigs Will Be Pigs series deals with everything from money to measurement to elapsed time to geometry. The Greedy Triangle and Grandfather Tang's Story are good to use for geometry, and Hershey's Fraction Book is good to introduce equivalent fractions. (Also DELICIOUS!)Sir Cumference and the Round Table is good to use too. Hope these lit ideas help. Good luck!
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math night
Posted by:lmh #68445


Have you considered using activities with the newspaper? For our math night one year, our local paper sent a rep from NIE, Newspapers in Education. There are things you can do for math and literature nights. it can cover addition, subtraction, statistics, etc. so there is a wide age range. We also had each class post a graph that the families had to fill out with postit notes. Something simple like favorite kind of movie, or candy bar, or number of people in your household. Then each class had an estimation jar of some kind and we used these as door prizes for those who came closest. The library even had a guess the amount of books contest. you could also have stations to measure and weigh things. We like to combine books with everything, so using the M&M's counting book or Hershey book is great. Also the tangram...
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Money
Posted by:barbara #34217


I have used literature before I was thinking of using "Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday" by Judith Viorst.
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math literature
Posted by:Jennypie #143080


Math literature
*Number Sense
A Grain of Rice
A Million Chameleons
The Baker's Dozen
Betcha!
No Jumping on the Bed
*Geometry
The Boy with Square Eyes
Building a Bridge
Draw Me a Star
Eight Hands Round
*Time
A Circle of Seasons
All in a Day
The Grouchy Ladybug
Get up and Go!
Just a Minute
*Fractions
Apple Fractions
Clean Sweep Campers
Gator Pie
Give me Half!
One Hungry Cat
Pete's a Pizza
One Riddle, One Answer
*Money
Benny's Pennies
Bunny Money
The Coin Counting Book
A Chair for my Mother
Monster Money
Jellybeans for Sale
On Market Street
Pigs will be Pigs
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