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Parents and teachers can take advantage of this by using literature as a vehicle for teaching and consolidating understanding. Literature can highlight concepts, act as a springboard to new math learning, stimulate discussion, or provide alternate explanations of a concept. It can make mathematical concepts more accessible, as it puts math into a meaningful context, provides visual aids for the students, and encourages communication, helping to support all learners.
Search a list of recommended books. I have purposely selected ones I feel are most effective for teaching math concepts and sparking kids’ interest. The list is not all encompassing, but I am always reading new books as they are released and scouring libraries to add great finds.
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Three small children want to dress up as firefighters, but the buttons are missing from their jackets. The three of them need to find a way of sorting the loose buttons they have that will give them three full sets of buttons for their jackets…
Molly wants to play with her brother Kevin’s toy cars. Despite the fact that she’s not allowed to touch the cars, when he leaves the room she takes them down from the shelf where they have been neatly arranged and starts playing with them. Each time a parent comes in and catches her, she has to put them back on the shelf…
In this non-fiction picture book, a young girl describes her and her grandmother’s interest in beads. Through the multitude of facts and vivid pictures, the reader learns the history of beads and how they are used in different cultures…
Dave owns a rock shop, and every time kids Amy and Josh visit, Dave’s shop window has rocks sorted in a different way, whether by size, color, or something else. The book follows Amy and Josh’s own collection and exploration of rock characteristics as they sort their own rocks in different ways…
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