# How have you incorporated literature books in your classroom in order to teach a math concept?How have you incorporated literature books in your classroom in order to teach a math concept?

Ashley Kannan | Certified Educator

I have used variations on children's books and characters to teach about certain math concepts.  For example, in constructing a unit on fractions, I paraphrased a story about the Smurfs where the Purple Ganat bug bit them all and they are started speaking in fractions and portion theory.  It worked out well because the entire village started speaking in fractions and we started off with one number at the start of the story that represented the whole.  From this, we built off.  It was a great way to explore the relationship between representing and operations with fractions.  Additionally, I think that you can incorporate any literature books with teaching about math concepts.  Using math as a language in children's literature or any literature can work quite well.  There is a growing field that integrates math and candy or food such as Twizzlers, Hershey's Bars, and Apples.  After teaching these lessons, one can construct or write any story from these lessons that integrate literature and math knowledge.

clairewait | Certified Educator

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a short read that is FULL of cool math problems.  First of all, the narrator only uses prime numbers for his chapters.  He presents several different logic problems (some with illustrations), mathematical theories, and even something about fractions.  This would be a cool book to read for a math class.  It is very short and highly entertaining.

sydgilbey | Student
How have you incorporated literature books in your classroom in order to teach a math concept?

How have you incorporated literature books in your classroom in order to teach a math concept?

yes, I have done this succesfully with several literature books and at many levels. there is a book called The Number Devil. It is highly entertaining and used literature to follow the antics of the Number Devil as he travels. It shows how numbers are used and why they are important. I am sure you may review some of its pages at a site like Amazon.com.

There is also a series by Cindy Neuschwander. the books are cute and each address a different area of math, mostly geometry. Some titles are "Sir Cumference", and "The Dragon of Pi".

I also used some of Madelein L'Engles works like a Wrinkle in Time to discuss more advanced concepts with younger students (i.e. tesseracts with 5th graders.)

"What's Your Angle, Pythagorus?" is a good book to use with both elementary and middle school students.

Gred Tang wrote "The Grapes of Math" which is also good and addresses probelm-solving strategies.

There is also a good book about Math and Literature by Kathy Braddon called "Math through Children's Literature." It shows how literature can address the NCTM Standards.

I generally pick a few titles that address the conept(s) I want to teach, sort my students into multiskilled groups to read one title per group & find a way to report on what they learned to the larger group. One objective is to entice others to read the book and study the math encountered in the book their group read.