Literature-Based Activities for Integrating Mathematics with Other Content Areas K-2 / Edition 1

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This book provides easy-to-implement, literature-based activities that connect standards-based grades K-2 mathematics lessons with concepts derived from science, social studies, and the arts standards.

  • Presents a matrix of activities listing the literature used for each activity and the Mathematics concepts covered as well as concepts covered for the other content areas.
  • Includes overviews of the children’s literature accompany each activity.
  • Integrates National Content Standards (NCTM, NSES, NCSS, NAEA) within each activity that support standards-based instruction.
  • Guides teachers to implement each activity and assess students’ learning successfully with s tep-by-step descriptions .
  • Features re producible worksheets for activities that require recording or written response, saving teachers time when incorporating an activity into lessons.
  • Contains assessment tools and rubrics in the Appendix.
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Meet the Author

Robin Ward is a ten-year mathematics educator who has presented locally and nationally on improving mathematics pedagogy. She developed web-based materials for NASA, teaches integrated math-art classes to students in grades Pre-K-8, and offers professional development workshops for mathematics teachers. Robin is the Associate Director for Curriculum Integration at the Rice University School Mathematics Project and is the author ofNumeracy and Literacy: Teaching K-8 Mathematics Using Children's Literature.
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Table of Contents


Helpful Hints

Regarding Assessment

Chapter One: Literature-Based Mathematics and Science Activities

The Mathematics-Science Connection

Matrix of Activities

Activities featuring Number and Operations

- Counting in the Garden and The Reason for a Flower

- What Comes in 2’s, 3’s, & 4’s? and My Five Senses

- Activities featuring Algebra

- If You Give a Moose a Muffin and What if?

- A Hippopotamusn’t and Other Animal Poems; Zoo-ology; and What Would You Do with a Tail Like This?

- Activities featuring Geometry

- Let’s Fly a Kite and The Cloud Book

- Activities featuring Measurement

- Dem Bones and The Skeleton Inside You

- House for Birdie and Animals in Their Homes

- Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

- The Earth and I; Where Does the Garbage Go?; and Recycle! A Handbook for Kids

- Winter (The Seasons Series), Spring (The Seasons Series), Summer (The Seasons Series), Fall (The Seasons Series), and Sunshine Makes the Seasons

- Activities featuring Connections

- What Is a Scientist?

Chapter Two: Literature-Based Mathematics and Social Studies Activities

The Mathematics-Social Studies Connection

Matrix of Activities

Activities featuring Number and Operations

- Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book

- Lunch Money and Other Poems about School, 26 Letters and 99 Cents, and Money: A Rich History

- Activities featuring Algebra

- Nine in One Grr! Grr! and Teaching with Folk Stories of the Hmong: An Activity Book

- F Is for Flag and Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag

- Activities featuring Geometry

- Me on the Map and Where Do I Live?

- Activities featuring Measurement

- Nine O’Clock Lullaby

- Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

- Month by Month a Year Goes Round and A Busy Year

- If All the Seas Were One Sea

- So You Want to Be President?, What Presidents Are Made Of, and First Pets: Presidential Best Friends

- Activities featuring Connections

- Who Uses This? and ABC of Jobs

Chapter Three: Literature-Based Mathematics and Visual Arts Activities

The Mathematics-Visual Arts Connection

Matrix of Activities

Activities featuring Number and Operations

- I Spy Two Eyes: Numbers in Art and Museum 1 2 3

- How Many, How Much (a poem in A Light in the Attic); More, Fewer, Less; and A Child’s Book of Art

- Activities featuring Algebra

- 12 Ways to Get to Eleven and Math-terpieces

- Follow the Line and Henri Matisse (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series)

- Activities featuring Geometry

- When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins and Coyote Places the Stars

- Rectangles (City Shapes Series), Squares (City Shapes Series), and Mondrian (Great Modern Masters Series)

- I Spy Shapes in Art

- The Butterfly Counting Book

- Activities featuring Measurement

- The Best Bug Parade and Baby Einstein: The ABCs of Art

- Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

- A Closet Full of Shoes (a poem in Falling Up) and Joan Miro (Famous Artists Series)

Assessment Resources References

Children’s Literature References

Instructional Resources References

Research References

Appendix — Assessment Tools and Rubrics

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