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Math~Literature Integration Strategies

Always start with "big picture" standards and learning goals in mind.

Consider broad themes (not merely topics) such as change, modeling, data, shape, adaptation.

Use children's literature to introduce a math problem or unit.

  • Large numbers, exponential notation
    • A Grain of Rice or The King's Chessboard
  • Scale and proportion
    • The Borrowers
    • The BFG
    • Counting on Frank
  • Rates
    • Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Use children's literature to present math content.

  • Math Curse
  • The Number Devil
  • Cool Math
  • G is for Googol
  • Math for Smarty Pants and The I Hate Mathematics Book

Present a math problem in the context of a story or character children will relate to.

Wear your Math Glasses when reading children's literature.

Areas rich in opportunities:

  • Multicultural themes
  • Biographies such as:
    • Starry Messenger — Galileo
    • The Man Who Made Time Travel — John Harrison
  • Scale/proportion
  • Money/budget
  • Food/recipes
  • Measurement/rates

Have kids create the problems and write the books.

Problems created by Quest participants, based on Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson.(opens in a new window)

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