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Children's literature and mathematics

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From: Suzanne A. (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Mar 27, 2001 at 07:44:02
Subject: Re: Children's literature and mathematics

Dear Fallyn,

In the October 23, 2000 issue of the Math Forum's Newsletter there was an
article featuring this booklet which can be read online. Here is the
description as stated in the Newsletter:

     HOW TO USE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE TO TEACH MATHEMATICS
                  Rosamond Welchman-Tischler

         http://watt.enc.org/online/ENC2285/2285.html

  A booklet that explores ways teachers can help children to
  experience the type of mathematics envisioned in the
  Standards, building on children's literature.

  Each of the first seven chapters describes a way children's
  literature can be used to teach mathematics, by:

   - providing a context or model for an activity with
     mathematical content;
   - introducing manipulatives that will be used in varied
     ways (not necessarily just as in the story);
   - inspiring a creative mathematics experience;
   - posing an interesting problem;
   - preparing for a mathematics concept or skill;
   - developing or explaining a mathematics concept or skill;
   - reviewing a mathematics concept or skill.

  Each chapter contains examples of two to four books, with
  summaries of stories, sketches of proposed classroom
  activities and related print materials (models for
  manipulatives, activity cards, worksheets), and suggested
  follow-up activities.

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I hope you find it useful.

 -Suzanne A., for the T2T service

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