Friday, July 22, 2011

Katie asks...

What are your favorite books for teaching math concepts?

I love Give Me Half by Stuart J. Murphy for introducing fractions. I also like Bunny Day by Rick Walton for introducing the clock. What other picture books do you love to use?


  1. I like Fly on the Ceiling for graphing...Cartesian Coordinate System is introduced- it is a fun book =)
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  2. In Kindergarten I used Leo Lionni's Inch by Inch to teach about measuring using non-standard objects. Afterwards we measured different things in centers using little green inch long papers that looked like worms.

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  4. I use the old favorites The Grouchy Ladybug and Mr. Higgin's Clocks to teach time. I use the M&M counting books for math instruction too.

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  8. Off the top of my head, I like these books for teaching math concepts in kindergarten and first grade:

    The Button Box by ? (counting and sorting)
    Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert (shapes)
    Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams (counting,addition)
    The Napping House by Audrey Wood (counting, addition)
    One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes (skip counting, 100th day of school-use with older kids for multiplication/division)
    The Shape of Things by ? (shapes)
    Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (counting and addition)
    My books are packed away right now, so I'm not sure of exact titles but I use some of Tanya Hoban's books. I also read books like The M & M Counting Book, Dominoes Addition... There is one with Hershey Candy Bar and another one with licorice. Who can resist reading The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins to introduce problem solving, fair shares...? Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (subtraction)...
    Can you tell I love books? Tee Hee!