Geometry

Standard Area 2.9: Geometry
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

1. Shape Up! by David A. Adler, 1998
This book uses cheese slices, pretzel sticks, a slice of bread, graph paper, a pencil, and more to introduce various polygons, flat shapes with varying numbers of straight sides.

2. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, 1994
Dissatisfied with its shape, a triangle keeps asking the local shape-shifter to add more lines and angles until it doesn’t know which side is up.

3. Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban, 1986
Photographs of familiar objects such as chair, barrettes, and manhole cover present a study of rounded and angular shapes.

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs For All! by Marilyn Burns, 2008
“Mr. and Mrs. Comfort are having a family reunion! Mr. Comfort starts cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, while Mrs. Comfort carefully arranges eight tables and thirty-two chairs so that everyone will have a seat. The tables look lovely, the food is ready, and here come the guests–with their own seating plans! This delightful Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Book uses wit and humor to draw children into thinking about area and perimeter.” (Amazon book description)

5. Sir Cumference: And the First Round Table (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2002
“When King Arthur and his knights get together, the table they have is so long that everyone has to shout to be heard. A rectangular table is too long and a triangular table is too pointy, but somehow they must sit down and discuss the shape of the future. Join a knight called Sir Cumference, his wife, Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius as they use different strategies to solve this quandary.” (Amazon book description)

Standard Area 2.9: Geometry
Grade 3 – Grade 5

1. Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 1999

2. Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2001
This book “chronicles Sir Cumference’s son, Radius, in a quest to earn his knighthood by rescuing a king. The circular medallion (a protractor) given to Radius by his father and his mother, Lady Di of Ameter, aid him in examining every angle along the way; and readers get a circular medallion of their own with which to follow along.” (Amazon book description)

3. Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2006
“In an adventurous title that teaches math skills, such as finding the area and perimeter of a rectangle and a circle, young Per must figure out how to unlock the secrets of the mysterious island of Immeter.” (Amazon book description)

4. Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map (A Math Adventure) by Cindy Neuschwander, 2012
“Xaxon Yellowbearyd was the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Now a map to his hidden treasure lies in Radius’s and Per’s hands. Together the cousins must decode the strange numbered grid on the map-and figure out the secret of the Viking’s X and Y axes. As bungling bandits pursue them, Radius and Per use coordinate geometry in their quest for “treasure of the greatest measure”.” (Amazon book description)

5. Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander, 2003
“Neuschwander retells “The Sword in the Stone” from a mathematical angle. Readers follow along with Sir Cumference and Lady Di of Ameter as their son Radius and his friend Vertex set out to find Edgecalibur. Filled with riddles and puns, the story is sure to delight students with some geometry background.” (Amazon book description)

6. Tessellations: the Geometry of Patterns by Stanley Bezuszka, 1977

7. Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander, 2009
“The Zills family is summoned to Egypt to help find the hidden burial chamber of an ancient pharaoh. But when Matt and Bibi get trapped in the pharaoh’s pyramid, they stumble upon an even bigger mystery. With only each other, their dog Riley, and the geometric hieroglyphics on the walls to help them, the twins must use their math skills to locate the burial chamber—and the way out. Luckily, Matt and Bibi know their stuff when it comes to geometric solids, and so will the readers of this adventure in math!” (Amazon book description)

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