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Creating a Math Library for Grade 5 Children: Connecting Math and Literature

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a new resource for fifth grade teachers, a bibliography of grade 5 level trade books titled. "Creating a Math Library for Grade 5 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 Mental Arithmetic to Tiger Math: Learning to Graph from a Baby Tiger, these books that are aligned with the grade 5 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

Burns, Marilyn. Brown Paper School Book: Math for Smarty Pants. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1982.

Cummings, Alyece. Painless Fractions. (Painless Series) New York: Barron's Educational Series, 1998.

Demi. One Grain of Rice. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Gifford, Scott. Piece=Part=Portion: Fractions=Decimals=Percents. Berkley: Tricycle Press, 2003.

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

Knapp, Brian J. and Bass, Colin G. Fractions (Math Matters!) Danbury: Grolier Educational, 1999.

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

Knapp, Brian J. and Bass, Colin G. Tables and Charts (Math Matters!) Danbury: Grolier Educational, 1999.

LoPresti, Angeline Sparagna. A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2003.

Maestro, Betsy. The Story of Money. New York: Mulberry, 1995.

McGrath, Barbara Barbieri. Skittles Riddles Math. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

Mitsumasa, Anno. Anno's Magic Seeds. New York: Philomel Books, 1995.

Murphy, Stuart J. Less than Zero. (Negative Numbers) New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

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

Murphy, Stuart J. The Grizzly Gazette. (Percentage) New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Neuschwander, Cindy. Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2005.

Packard, Edward. Big Numbers: And Pictures that Show Just How Big They Are! Brookfield: Millbrook Press, 2000.

Pallotta, Jerry. Count to a Million. New York: Scholastic, 2003.

Pallotta, Jerry. Twizzlers Percentage Book. New York: Scholastic, 2001.

Schwartz, David M. G is for Google: A Math Alphabet Book. Berkley: Tricycle Press, 1998.

Schwartz, David M. On Beyond a Million. New York: Random House, 2001.

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

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

Tang, Greg. Math Potatoes. New York: Scholastic, 2005.

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






Last Updated: September 11, 2006
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