ERIC Number: ED489261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
New Visions for Linking Literature and Mathematics
Whitin, Phyllis; Whitin, David
National Council of Teachers of English
In their second book copublished by the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, David and Phyllis Whitin offer K-6 teachers a wealth of ideas for integrating literature and mathematics, including: (1) Specific criteria for evaluating math-related books, with emphasis on inquiry, critical thinking, diversity, and individual challenge; (2) Practical discussions about books and their use in K-6 classrooms; (3) An in-depth look at problem posing and book pairs as effective strategies for engaging all students; (4) Explicit connections made to NCTM's "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (2000) and NCTE and IRA's "Standards for the English Language Arts" (1996); (5) Interesting sidebars of extension activities and text sets; (6) Practical strategies for introducing math-related books to children; and (7) An annotated list of the best math-related literature available. This is a book filled with numerous examples of children's work, many of which are drawn from widely diverse, multicultural classrooms. Each chapter discusses a range of books and classroom applications to show how teachers can skillfully integrate such books to meet school objectives in language arts and mathematics. It is this dual perspective that makes the book unique. With its inviting tone and practical suggestions, "New Visions for Linking Literature and Mathematics" is an invaluable resource for the elementary school classroom. Following a foreword by Judith Lindfors, and an introduction, this book is divided into the following five chapters: (1) Criteria for Selecting Math-Related Books; (2) Book for a Wide Range of Ages; (3) Problem Posing with Children's Literature; (4) Using the Strategy of Book Pairs; and (5) Best Books for Exploring. (Contains 6 appendixes.)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Mathematics Instruction, Evaluation Criteria, Interdisciplinary Approach, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education, Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., Reston, VA.