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Creating a Math Library for Grade 4 Children: Connecting Math and Literature

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a new resource for fourth grade teachers, a bibliography of grade 4 level trade books titled "Creating a Math Library for Grade 4 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 Go, Fraction to MATH-terpieces to Millions to Measure, these books that are aligned with the grade 4 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!"

Bibliography

Adler, David A. Fraction Fun. New York: Holiday House, 1997.

Adler, David A. Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons. New York: Holiday House, 1998.

Bader, Bonnie. Graphs. New York: Penguin Putnam Books, 2003.

Bauer Stamper, Judith. Go, Fractions! New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2003.

Burns, Marilyn. The Greedy Triangle. New York: Scholastic, 1995.

Burns, Marilyn. Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Cato, Sheila. Division (Question of Math). Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group, 1999.

Daniels, Teri. Math Man. New York: Scholastic, 2001.

Dobson, Christina. Pizza Counting. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2003.

Hirschmann, Kris. Math Magic (Necco Sweethearts). New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Hulme, Joy N. Wild Fibonacci. Berkley, CA: Tricycle Press, 2005.

Knapp, Brian and Colin G. Bass. Mental Arithmetic (Math Matters!) Danbury, CT: Grolier Educational, 1999.

Leedy, Loreen. The Monster Money Book. New York: Holiday House, 1992.

Micklethwait, Lucy. I Spy Shapes in Art. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2004.

Murphy, Stuart J. Betcha! (Estimating) New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Murphy. Stuart J. Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Murphy, Stuart J. Coyotes All Around. (Rounding) New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Murphy, Stuart J. Hamster Champs. (Angles) New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Murphy, Stuart J. Room for Ripley. (Capacity) New York: HarperCollins, 1999.

Murphy, Stuart J. Safari Park. (Finding Unknowns) New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Murphy, Stuart J. Sluggers' Car Wash. (Dollars and Cents) New York: HarperCollins, 2002.

Murphy, Stuart J. The Sundae Scoop. (Combinations) New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Pallotta, Jerry. Hershey's Kisses Multiplication and Division. New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Pallotta, Jerry. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures. New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Pallotta, Jerry. The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book. New York: Scholastic, 1999

Schwartz, David M. Millions to Measure. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Scieszka, Jon and Smith, Lane. Math Curse. New York: Viking, 1995.

Tang, Greg. Math Appeal. New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Tang, Greg. MATH-terpieces. New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Tang, Greg. The Best of Times: Math Strategies that Multiply. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Whitehead Nagda, Ann and Cindy Bickel. Chimp Math: Learning about Time from a Baby Chimpanzee. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2002.

Whitehead Nagda, Ann and Cindy Bickel. Polar Bear Math: Learning about Fractions from Klondike and Snow. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2004.

Whitehead Nagda, Ann and Cindy Bickel. Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2005.






Last Updated: September 11, 2006
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