Math and Children’s Books

Suggestions for using children’s literature in your math lessons:

1. Enjoy the story – don’t interrupt with math questions.
2. Read the book aloud.  Repeat.
3. Keep the book experience open-ended to engage multiple interpretations.
4. Encourage students to respond to the stories through various forms of expression: poetry, drama, art, narrative, orally.
5. Integrate the books into current themes of study.
6. Use your students as a guide for deciding what to read.
7. Consider your students’ age and your intended use of a book to decide if oral or silent reading is appropriate.

Whitin, D. J., & Wilde, S. (1992). Read any good math lately? Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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