Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Creating a Math Library for Grade 8 Children: Connecting Math and Literature
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a new resource for eighth grade teachers, a bibliography of grade 8 level trade books titled "Creating a Math Library for Grade 8 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 Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar to What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure, these books that are aligned with the grade 8 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 dramatizing the story or creating new math problems or projects related to the math presented in the book. 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, Irving. Mathematics. New York: Doubleday, 1990.
Anno, Masaichiro and Mitsumasa. Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar. New York: Putnam Juvenile, 1999.
Anno, Mitsumasa and Mori, Tuyosi. Socrates and the Three Little Pigs. New York: Philomel Books, 1986.
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.
Duffy, Trent. The Clock. New Canaan: Commonplace Publishing, 2000.
Ellis, Julie. What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2004.
Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.
Ganeri, Anita. The Story of Numbers and Counting. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Hulme, Joy N. Wild Fibonacci. Berkley: Tricycle Press, 2005.
Long, Lynette. Painless Algebra (Painless Series). New York: Barron's Educational Series, 1998.
Long, Lynette. Painless Geometry (Painless Series). New York: Barron's Educational Series, 2001.
Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 1997.
Neuschwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland: A Math Adventure. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2001.
Papas, Theoni. Fractals, Googles and Other Mathematical Tales. San Carlos: Wide World Publishing, 1993.
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.
Schwartz, David M. G is for Google: A Math Alphabet Book. Berkley: Tricycle Press, 1998.