**QUEST**

~ July 2006 ~

Developing Math and Science Lessons through Literature

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Criteria for Selecting Math-Related Books for Children

from the work of

Phyllis and David Whitin

Wayne State University

- Mathematical integrity
- accuracy of the mathematical ideas and vocabulary
- functional use of math in believable contexts
- accessibility of ideas through illustrations, analogies, real-life examples, clear explanation
- An aesthetic dimension.
- heightened appreciation of form and design
- compelling illustrations, charts, diagrams, photographs
- well-crafted, beautiful language
- Potential for varied responses
- hook the reader by the intrigue of the story

- open-ended nature of the illustrations
- natural integration of mathematical ideas
- invitational tone, not didactic
- Racial, cultural and gender inclusiveness
- free of bias and stereotypes
- content, language and illustrations promote equity and diversity

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