“The purpose of this article is to discuss and demonstrate how children’s literature is an important resource in mathematics instruction for young children. Books concerning the following concepts are discussed: numbers, one to ten; counting by 2’s and odd and even numbers; groups or number patterns; large numbers, and the 100th Day of School. The successful use of the recommended books with kindergarten and first grade children is described.”
Belle Akers, 1st Grade Teacher
Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary, San Francisco
Study Guide Questions:
A. When looking at the suggested activities within specific math concepts, what would the next level of understanding look like as a child moves forward from concrete explorations?
B. Discuss the benefits of integrating math concepts across the curriculum and contrast those benefits with teaching in a narrowly defined, linear manner.
C. Can you develop additional math activities to support your students’ mathematical understanding? What are teacher-generated and student-made materials that create interest (motivation) outside of published curriculum?
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