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

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This book provides easy-to-implement, literature-based activities that connect standards-based grades 3-5 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 of Numeracy 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 Mathematics and Science Activities

Activities featuring Number and Operations

Zebra Question (a poem in A Light in the Attic) and My Light

The Planet Mars (a poem in Where the Sidewalk Ends) and The Planets in Our Solar System

Activities featuring Algebra

Wild Fibonacci: Nature’s Secret Code Revealed

Activities featuring Geometry

Strange Wind (a poem in A Light in the Attic) and Let’s Fly a Kite

Activities featuring Measurement

Me and My Giant (a poem in Where the Sidewalk Ends) and Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant

The Tongue Sticker-Outer (a poem in Falling Up) and If You Hopped Like a Frog

Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

A Closet Full of Shoes (a poem in Falling Up) and Zoo-ology

Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition

Ï The Moon Seems to Change

Activities featuring Connections

My First Book of Biographies

Chapter Two: Literature-Based Mathematics and Social Studies Activities

The Mathematics-Social Studies Connection

Matrix of Mathematics and Social Studies Activities

Activities featuring Number and Operations

Sam and the Lucky Money

The Great Divide and Is Somewhere Always Far Away?: Poems about Places

Activities featuring Algebra

One Grain of Rice

Activities featuring Geometry

Safe? (a poem in Falling Up) and Maps & Globes

Mummy Math and Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs

Activities featuring Measurement

How Do You Know What Time It Is? andAlice Yazzie’s Year

Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

Duck for President

If the World Were a Village

The Train of States

Activities featuring Connections

Invention (a poem in Where the Sidewalk Ends), Perfect Inventions = Perfect World, and Girls Think of Everything

Chapter Three: Literature-Based Mathematics and Visual Arts Activities

The Mathematics-Visual Arts Connection

Matrix of Mathematics and Visual Arts Activities

Activities featuring Number and Operations

A Million Dots, Georges Seurat (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series) and The Dot

Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie: A Circle Drawing Book and Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors

Activities featuring Algebra

Tessellations: The History and Making of Symmetrical Designs and A Cloak for the Dreamer

Activities featuring Geometry

Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations

I Spy Shapes in Art and Picasso (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series)

Grandfather Tang’s Story: A Tale Told with Tangrams

Snowflake Bentley

Activities featuring Measurement

Follow the Line and Mondrian (Great Modern Masters Series)

Madlenka and Zoom

Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

Probably Pistachio, Miro: Earth and Sky (Art for Children Series, 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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