Reading

The first
list is a list of children’s literature that adapts easily to include
discussion of math terms and concepts. This
list came from Brenda Danielson, Deubrook Area Schools—a 4^{th} grade
teacher who has also taught 2^{nd} and 6^{th} grade at our
school. Following the author’s
name are some of Brenda’s suggestions for using the books.

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__The Button Box__—Margarette
S. Reid (sorting, classification, characteristics)—provide a large variety of
manipulatives to be sorted, classified, and graphed with line, bar, or
pictographs.

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__Frog and Toad Are Friends__—“A
Lost Button”—Arnold Lobel (characteristics)

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__Two of Everything__—Lily
Toy Hong (doubles)—ask students to observe in their lives and find things that
come in twos. Make your own Two of
Everything book.

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__M & M Counting Book__—Barbara
Barbieri McGrath (number sense, fractions, graphing)—Use a small bag of
m&m’s or a package of skittles to do line and bar graphing.
Also good for fraction introduction.

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__The Cheerieos Counting Book__—Barbara
Barbieri McGrath (number sense)—Send home this book and a baggie of cheerios.
Have this be one of your math family at home activities.
Include a card making suggestions for grouping in 10’s and 5’s and
skip counting.

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__The Very Hungry Caterpillar__—Eric
Carle (basic number sense, sequence)

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__Even Steven, Odd Todd__—Kathryn
Cristaldi (even/odd numbers)

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__A Three Hat Day__—Laura
Geringer (characteristics, graphing, probability) Introduce Venn diagrams.
Use hats to do sorting and predicting.

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__The One that Got Away__—Percival
Everett—Full of puns—great fun! (even for older students)

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__12 Ways to Get to 11__—Eve
Merriam (3 addends)—Use the number of students in your classroom.
Decide on which adding facts would be appropriate.
Make your own book with unique illustrations based on this book.

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__Pigs Will Be Pigs__—Amy
Axelrod (money)—Older students want to figure out how much money they have
found.

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Make a
“Kids Will Be Kids” book. Send
them out to count little piles of money from the dresser, washer, or somewhere
else at home. Write a sentence
about it and illustrate it. Make a
class book.

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Write
story problems about eating out. How
much would it cost your family to eat their favorite foods at their favorite
restaurant? (You might want to get
copies of their menus). Include
problems that would involve making change.
Put the problems on note cards. Provide
a bag or cash box of play money and practice counting out money and making
change.

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__Chrysanthemum—__Kevin
Henkes (money, addition)—How much is $1.00?

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__Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich
Last Sunday—__Judith Viorst (money)—Use your play
money to reenact this story. Write
a reverse story in which Alexander earns, or receives a dollar a bit at a time.

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__The Lunch Line—__Karen
Berman Nagel (problem solving with money)—Using note cards, have each student
create their own story problems involving spending or saving money.
Then use play money to act out the situations and count change.

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__A Chair for My Mother—__Vera
B. Williams (money)—Write about collecting money in a jar for some purpose for
your family, just like the girl in the story.
Estimate an amount of money in a jar.
Use a variety of Estimation jar activities.

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“Smart” a poem from__ Where the
Sidewalk Ends—__Shel Silverstein (money)

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__How Much Is a Million?—__David
Schwartz (number sense)

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__Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream—__Cindy
Newschwander (multiplication, number sense)

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__100 Hungry Ants—__Elinor
Pinces (100^{th} day, groups of numbers, division)

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__Arctic Fives Arrive—__Elinor
J. Pinces (counting by 5’s)—correlate with social studies/science.
Find animals and habitats of the areas you study.
Use a different fact family and write a similar story about your area.

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__A Remainder of One—__Elinor
J. Pinczes (number sense, division)

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__Jump, Kangaroo, Jump—__Stuart
J. Murphy (number sense, division)—send home with a bag of manipulatives as a
family night project. Expand the
activity with note card directions to include 36 or 48.

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__The Great Divide—__Dayle
Ann Dodds

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__The Grouchy Ladybug—__Eric
Carle (time, sequence)

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__Just a Minute—__Teddy
Slater (time)—minute activities:

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Brainstorm lists of things that take
less than one minute, more than one minute, and about one minute.
Time them to see if you are accurate.

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Play a good recording of “The Minute
Waltz.”

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Try to stand on one foot for a minute.

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Estimate how many times you could write
your name in one minute. Then do it
and count.

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__Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs—__Judi
Barrett—How much time is it between meals?

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__The 329 ^{th} Friend—__Marjorie
W. Sharmat (ordinal numbers)—Get a simple outline of cares, boats, or some
animal shapes. Cut out about 10 and
color them differently. Arrange
them in an order and write clues about which one is where. (Ex. The
polka-dotted van is in front of the white van.
The delivery van is the third one in the row.)
See if another student can arrange them in the proper order following
your clues.

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__The Doorbell Rang—__Pat
Hutchins (fractions)—use cookie cutouts to sort cookies to fit the story.
Then use the cutouts to create some other story problems.
Write the problems on note cards and put in the math center for other
students to solve.

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__The Hershey’s Fractions
Book—__Jerry
Pallota and Rob Bolster (fractions)

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__Fractions Are Parts of Things—__J.
Richard Dennis—nonfiction-gives your eyes a chance to estimate fourths,
thirds, halves, etc.

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__Caps for Sale—__Esphyr
Slobodkina (problem solving)

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__Jump Frog, Jump—__Robert
Kaplan (problem solving)

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__The Greedy Triangle—__Marilyn
Burns (geometry)

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__Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do
you See?__—Bill
Martin, Jr. (repetition)—I use this with geometry vocabulary.
Ex: Red triangle, red
triangle what do you see? I see a blue pentagon looking at me. At the end use the shapes named in the colors named to create
a picture. Such as I see “shape
City” looking at me.

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__Sir Cumference and the Dragon of
Pi—__Cindy
Neuschwander—also __Sir Cumference and the Knight of Angleland __and__ Sir
Cumference and the First Round Table.__

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__Melisande__—E.
Nesbit –a take off on the penny a day, double it the next.
Good to use with fairy tales.

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__The King’s Chessboard__—David
Birch (problem solving)

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__How Big Is a Foot__?—Rolf
Myller (measurement)—Make a list of places in your school to measure with body
measurements.

Have the whole class measure the length
of your room with their own foot.

Measure a large table with thumbs.

Read about the history of the Metric System of measurement.

Use Shaq’s foot as a measurement tool.

Jean’s Favorite Books that didn’t make Brenda’s list.

Ø One Nation--America by the Numbers—Devin Scillian

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Anno’s Counting Book—Mitsumasa Anno

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Bears, Ten by Ten—Jack Beers

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I Can Count the Petals of a Flower-John
& Stacey Wahl

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Math for All Seasons—Greg Tang

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Nine Ducks Nine—Sarah Hayes

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Ten Little Rabbits—Virginia Grossman
& Sylvia Long

Reference Books

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Linking Math with Literature—Jane
Steffen Kolakowski

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Literature-Based Math—Lois Laase

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Math and Literature K-3—Marilyn Burns

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Storybook Mazes—Dave Phillips

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Storytime Mathtime—Patricia Satariano

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The Wonderful World of Mathematics--NCTM

Favorites for an Older Audience

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Amazing & Incredible Counting
Stories—Max Grover

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Anno’s Magic Seeds-- Mitsumasa Anno

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The Best of Times—Greg Tang

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Big Numbers—Edward Packard

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Fractions Are Parts of Things—J.
Richard Dennis

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G Is for Googol—David M. Schwartz

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Gator Pie—Louise Mathews

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Grandfather Tang’s Story—Ann
Tompert

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Is a Blue Whate the Biggest Thing There
Is?—Robert E. Wells

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Math Curse—Jon Scieszka

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On Beyond a Million—David M. Schwartz

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Spaghetti and Meatballs for
All!—Marilyn Burns