Thursday, June 6, 2013

Making the connection between literature and math (part 2)

And I'm back!  Did you miss me?  Two weeks ago, I shared with you Making the connection between literature and math (part 1).  As promised, here is part two :) 

In addition to the five books I will share with you today, I'm also providing links to amazing blog posts and TpT products from some of the great collaborators here at ATUE.  

10 amazing math books to make a connection with in your classroom
In no particular order of preference, here are the second 5:


What's You Angle Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis
Age Range: 8 and up
math connections:  number patterns, Pythagorean Theorem, Pythagorean triples

This book is super cute and fun to read.  Follow Pythagoras, a curious youngster who always seems to be in the way, as he journeys through adventures that lead him to discover something pretty handy about right triangles!  His discovery quickly makes him the talk of the town!

Some ideas to use with What's Your Angle Pythagoras?:
Order Up! Finding the missing angle by Mr. Hughes
Geometry Mini Unit by Amber Thomas
Classifying Triangles by 4mulaFun
Pythagorean Theorem Task Cards by 4mulaFun
Finding Area of Irregular Figures by MissMathDork


Pythagoras and the Ratios by Julie Ellis
Age Range:  8 and up
math connection: proportional reason and ratios

Pythagoras is back in a fun sequel to What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?  Again, you meet Pythagoras, and he is still a curious youngster!  This time he is playing with different musical instruments and making connections to the size/length and how making changes in those dimension changes pitch.  Follow him on his humourous adventure to learn more about ratios and proportions!

Some ideas to use with Pythagoras and the Ratios
Proportions Unit and Pacing Guide by 4mulaFun
Ratios Solve and Snip by 4mulaFun
All About Ratios and proportions by 4mulaFun
6th grade CommonCore Homework Practice Sheets (Ratio and Proportions) by 4mulaFun

Dinosaur Deals by Stuart Murphy
Age Range: 3 - 8
math connection: equivalency and measurement

This incredibly adorable tale is about a little boy on a quest to complete his dinosaur trading card collection.  In order to get the card he needs, he has to make many deals and understand equivalency so as not to be taken advantage of.  Despite the reading level being so young, this works very well with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders working with equivalencies in both fractions and measurement!
Blockhead, the story of Fibonacci
by Joseph D'Agnese
Age Range: 6-9 years
Lexile level: 570L
mathematical concepts: patterns!

Much like Pythagoras in the above mentioned books, Leonardo Fibonacci was a daydreamer,  He used to get lost in numbers and patterns and was often called a Blockhead for not 'paying attention'.  As he grew older he found mathematical connections in nature and life and discovered the pattern he is most known for today!  Not so much of a Blockhead

Some idea to use with Blockhead, the story of Fibonacci
Patten Pick up - a differentiated sort of arithmetic, geometric and other numeric patterns by MissMathDork
Patterns and Tables Solve and Snips by 4mulafun
Frank-ly Number Patterns by 4mulaFun
What's my rule? by 4mulaFun


Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

by Judith Viorst
Age Range: 4 and up
Lexile level: 570L
mathematical concepts: money and money management

Every kiddo has been there... they want to save money but things are way more fun to purchase!  Alexander (the same one who had a Terrible, no good, very bad day? yep, one in the same!) received a dollar from his grandparents and was very excited to start saving... unfortunately for him, it was really too easy to spend.  So easy, in fact, that he didn't even realize it was all gone....

SOme ideas to use with Alexander, who used to be Rich Last Sunday
Making Sense of it All by 4mulaFun
Sweet Success Word Problems by 4mulaFun


Wooo! I hope some of those books were new to you!  I know BlockHead was new to me when I was introduced to it last year - SOOO CUTE!   Remember, if you all really like this idea, I'd love to do even more books over the summer.  Let me know what you think!  I'd love to hear from  you!!

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  1. Great stuff, as always! I have a huge tub of math books . . . I remember to use them less often than I should!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this list! I am going to be helping purchase materials for our library this summer, and these books are definitely on my shopping list:) please continue making and posting these recommendations! I love them!!!


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