Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Creating a Math Library for Grade 3 Children: Connecting Math and Literature
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a new resource for third grade teachers, a bibliography of grade 3 level trade books titled "Creating a Math Library for Grade 3 Children: Connecting Math and Literature."
This bibliography lists a selection of math books that address the five strands presented in the Mathematics Curriculum Framework: number sense and operations; patterns, relations, and algebra; geometry; measurement; and data analysis, statistics and probability.
From I Spy Shapes in Art to Divide and Ride, these books that are aligned with the grade 3 learning strands not only introduce and teach math skills but they inspire children to learn and to have confidence in their own thinking. In integrating literature with math, the books easily engage students using colorful illustrations and real life situations to stimulate and deepen the learning of math concepts and skills. By using the books to introduce math concepts, students are excited to learn and often think of extensions for the learning such as acting out the story or creating poems related to the math. Many of the books offer art appreciation and science integrated with literature and the math skills.
Teachers may wish to create a math library in their classrooms or include these books in the school library. The books may be sent home for students and parents to share to deepen student learning and promote the "love of math!"
Adler, David A. Fraction Action. New York: Holiday House, 1996.
Appelt, Kathi. Bats on Parade. New York: Scholastic, 1999.
Bauer, Judith. All Aboard Math Reader: Breakfast at Danny's Diner. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2003.
Burns, Marilyn. Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story. New York: Scholastic, 1997.
Crane, Carol. Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book. Chelsea, MA: Sleeping Bear Press, 2001.
Dayle, Ann Dodds. Minne's Diner. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2004.
Dayle, Ann Dodds. The Great Divide: A Mathematical Marathon. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2005.
Dobson, Christina. Pizza Counting. Watertown, MA: 2003.
Giganti, Paul Jr. Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1992.
Hirschmann, Kris. Math Magic. New York: Scholastic, 2002.
Leedy, Loreen. 2x2=BOO! A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories. New York: Holiday House, 1995.
Micklethwait, Lucy. I Spy Shapes in Art. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2004.
Murphy, Stuart J. Betcha! (Estimating) New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Murphy, Stuart J. Bigger, Better, Best (Area) New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
Murphy, Stuart J. Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes. (Three-Dimensional Shapes) New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
Murphy, Stuart J. Divide and Ride. (Dividing) New York: Harper Collins, 1997.
Murphy, Stuart J. Earth Day - Hooray. (Place Value) New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
Murphy, Stuart J. Lemonade for Sale. (Bar Graphs) New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
Murphy, Stuart J. Racing Around. (Perimeter) New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
Murphy, Stuart J. Ready, Set, Hop. (Building Equations) New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
Murphy, Stuart J. Sluggers' Car Wash. (Dollars and Cents) New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
Murphy, Stuart J. Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do. (Multiplying) New York: Harper Collins, 2003.
Pallotta, Jerry. Apple Fractions. New York: Scholastic, 2003.
Pallotta, Jerry. The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book. New York: Scholastic, 1999.
Pallotta, Jerry. The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book. New York: Scholastic, 2002.
Patilla, Peter. Patterns. Des Plaines, IL: Heinemann, 2000.
Scieszka, Jon and Smith, Lane. Math Curse. New York: Viking, 1995.
Simon, Seymour. Pyramids and Mummies. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 2003.
Tang, Greg. The Best of Times: Math Strategies that Multiply. New York: Scholastic, 2002.
Whitehead Nagda, Ann and Bickel, Cindy. Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee. Henry Holt & Company, 2002.