Using Children’s Literature in Math Class, grades 3-6
Math helps us make sense of the world. So does literature. Math is concerned with problem solving. So is literature. Math involves patterns. So does literature.
Do you enjoy sharing a “good story” with your students? Do they seem most engaged during a read-aloud? What books—stories, poetry, nonfiction, or otherwise—do you already use with your student mathematicians?
This workshop will enhance elementary teachers’ understandings of the myriad connections between the too-often-separated worlds of children’s literature and mathematics. Participants will:
• Link children’s literature selections to important math concepts and skills in the grade 3-6 math curricula.
• Engage in exemplary lessons launched by and thoughtfully connected with engaging children’s literature selections.
• Explore ways to help students “dig into” content that is most often taught procedurally.
• Develop strategies to assess student understandings and skills using meaningful math tasks connected to stories.
• Examine criteria for selecting and using high quality math-related children’s literature.