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Creating a Math Library for Grade 6 Children: Connecting Math and Literature

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a new resource for sixth grade teachers, a bibliography of grade 6 level trade books titled "Creating a Math Library for Grade 6 Students: 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 Figure! A Totally Cool Book About Numbers to Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, these books that are aligned with the grade 6 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

Abramson, Marcie. Painless Math Word Problems (Painless Series). New York: Barron's Educational Series, 2001.

Adler, Irving. Mathematics. New York: Doubleday, 1990.

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

Ball, Johnny. Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book About Numbers. New York: DK Publishing, 2005.

Ball, Johnny. Think of a Number. New York: DK Publishing, 2005.

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

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

Collins, Kathleen. Music Math: Exploring Different Interpretations of Fractions. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2004.

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

Duffy, Trent. The Clock. New Canaan: Commonplace Publishing, 2000.

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.

Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 1999.

Neuschwander, Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2001.

Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2003.

Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 1997.

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

Peterson, Ivars and Henderson, Nancy. Math Trek: Adventures in the Math Zone. Hoboken: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

Reimer, Luetta and Reimer, Wilbert. Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians, Vol. 1. New York: Dale Seymour Publication, 1997.

Reimer, Luetta and Reimer, Wilbert. Mathematicians are People, Too: Stories from the lives of Great Mathematicians, Vol. 2. New York: Dale Seymour Publication, 1999.

Sachar, Louis. Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

Schmandt-Bessart, Denise. The History of Counting. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1999.

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

Weizman, Danny. Math for Grades 5-6. New York: Scholastic, 1997.






Last Updated: September 11, 2006
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