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
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)
Technology is the Plate!
