Literature-Based Activities 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 6-8 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

Ï The Planet of Mars (a poem in Where the Sidewalk Ends), An Extraterrestrial Alien (a poem in A Pizza the Size of the Sun), and Universe (Eyewitness Books Series)

Ï Biggest, Strongest, Fastest

Activities featuring Algebra

Ï A Game of Functions, Temperature, and How Little and How Much: A Book about Scales

Ï Starry Messenger and Galileo Galilei (Scientists Who Made History Series)

Activities featuring Geometry

Ï The Man Who Walked between the Towers, Great Buildings (Discoveries Series), and Building Big

Activities featuring Measurement

Ï A Pizza the Size of the Sun (a poem in A Pizza the Size of the Sun) and Eclipse: Darkness in Daytime

Ï More Parts and Human Body (DK Guide Series)

Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

Ï Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals

Ï Marie Curie

Activities featuring Connections

Ï I Made Something Strange with My Chemistry Set (a poem in A Pizza the Size of the Sun), So You Want to Be an Inventor?, and Perfect Inventions = Perfect World

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

Ï Money (Eyewitness Books Series)

Activities featuring Algebra

Ï One Grain of Rice

Ï What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?

Activities featuring Geometry

Ï Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Ï Webster's International Atlas and Firefly Guide to Flags of the World

Activities featuring Measurement

Ï The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and Pyramid (DK Experience Series)

Ï A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme and Maps & Mapping

Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

Ï First Pets: Presidential Best Friends and Presidents (Eyewitness Books Series)

Ï If the World Were a Village

Activities featuring Connections

Ï The Sky’s the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls, Mathematicians Are People, Too, and Five Brilliant Scientists (Great Black Heroes Series)

Chapter Three: 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

Ï Roy Lichtenstein: The Artist at Work and Roy Lichtenstein (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series)

Ï Georgia’s Bones, Georgia O’Keeffe (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series), and Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers

Activities featuring Algebra

Ï Alexander Calder (The Life and Work of…Series) and Calder (Great Modern Masters Series)

Activities featuring Geometry

Ï Picasso (Famous Artists Series) and Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules (Smart about Art Series)

Ï Tessellations: The History and Making of Symmetrical Designs and M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work

Activities featuring Measurement

Ï Mondrian (Great Modern Masters Series)

Ï Cezanne (Famous Artists Series) and Paul Cezanne: A Painters’ Journey

Activities featuring Data Analysis and Probability

Ï Miro: Earth and Sky (Art for Children Series) and Joan Miro (Famous Artists Series)

Ï Arp and Looking at Dada

Activities featuring Problem Solving

Ï Paul Klee (The Life and Work of…Series) and Paul Klee (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series)

Assessment Resources References

Children’s Literature References

Instructional Resources References

Research References

Appendix — Assessment Tools and Rubrics

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