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ERIC Number: EJ793084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Picture Book Power: Connecting Children's Literature and Mathematics
Shatzer, Joyce
Reading Teacher, v61 n8 p649-653 May 2008
The author's experiences in using children's literature to engage her students in mathematics are described in this article. Using the book "The Wolf's Chicken Stew", the author's class participated in an interactive read-aloud, graphed favorite foods from the story, and finally followed a recipe to bake chocolate chip cookies. Reasons for making the literature/math connection with students are explored. Additional pieces of children's literature, both those with and without specific math content, are presented and examples of possible mathematics learning experiences are described. Steps teachers might take in helping children make literature/math connections are offered. They include choosing appropriate pieces of children's literature for read-alouds, helping students actively make mathematics connections to those books, and providing authentic hands-on exploration of literature/math connections. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A