ERIC Number: ED395266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
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Incorporating Literature in the Primary Grades To Promote Mathematics as Communication: NCTM Standard #2.
Donoghue, Mildred R.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standard #2 (communicating aids students to clarify their thinking) emphasizes that reading, writing, discussing, representing, and listening to mathematics are important aspects of learning and using math. Six of the 12 math series chosen for California's elementary program list titles of children's trade books useful for supplementing lessons. A random selection of trade books listed in the 6 series was made to determine whether or not the book qualified as literature for classroom use. Among books listed in 2 or more of the adopted series are 10 popular children's books with math topics. A sample lesson plan integrating into the first-grade curriculum a recently published picture book ("One Hundred Hungry Ants" by E. Pinczes) listed in the "Houghton Mifflin Math" series could help students explore larger numbers, comparing numbers, and grouping. (A 16-item sampling of other math-related children's literature (organized by the topics of measurement, geometric shapes, fractions and decimals, and counting), and a list of 3 books for teachers are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: California; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards; Trade Books
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the West Regional International Reading Association (16th, Bellevue, WA, March 15-16, 1996).