Using Picture Books to Engage Children in Mathematics

I was recently asked by one of the first grade teachers to help her find classroom activities that could be used to teach ordinal numbers. As I looked around, I noticed several activities that went along with picture books. This excited me because I loved reading mathematical picture books to my daughters when they were young, and I was so happy to see lesson plans devoted to the mix of literature (with beautiful illustrations) and math. Everyday life doesn’t separate math from reading, history, and understanding the world around you, so why should math instruction?

Here are a few great articles that have book lists to use in math classrooms, as well as suggestions about how to incorporate them into a lesson.

Using Children’s Literature for Mathematical Investigations

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2012/11/teaching-math-picture-books-part-1

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2012/11/teaching-math-picture-books-part-2

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