April 20, 2012

Living Math Books: Reading for Math

        
     
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Welcome to Day 5 of 10 Days of Math Games & Activities! For the next five weekdays I will continue sharing lots of fun, hands-on math games and activities to utilize with your children or students! Today’s math activity is all about reading!

Living Math Books: Reading for Math

While you may be wondering about the correlation between math and reading, I would first like to present the idea of living math books!

 

I believe that a “living” math book is a book that presents mathematical concepts in real life context, which is relevant to the reader.
A living math book is not a text book; rather it is a book…plain and simple…a book…with a storyline, which happens to have math skills integrated within the story.

Such books can be used to teach and/or reinforce various mathematical skills and concepts. Hence, reading CAN be a fun, engaging math activity!

To get you started, here are some living math books for various different mathematical concepts. While the book images are linked to Amazon, many of the books can probably be found at your local library!

Counting:

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———-> Even MORE living math books about COUNTING <----------

 

Addition:

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———-> Even MORE living math books about ADDITION <----------

 

Subtraction:

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———-> Even MORE living math books about SUBTRACTION <----------

 

Multiplication:

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——-> Even MORE living math books about MULTIPLICATION <-------

 

Division:

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———-> Even MORE living math books about DIVISION <----------

 

Money:

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———-> Even MORE living math books about MONEY <----------

 

Fractions:

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———-> Even MORE living math books about FRACTIONS <----------

 

Measurement:

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——-> Even MORE living math books about MEASUREMENT <-------

 

Are you looking for EVEN MORE living math books on EVEN MORE concepts? Be sure to check out the Living Math Book List!

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This post is part of the 10 Days of…Series hosted by the iHomeschool Network!

10 Days of Math Games & Activities

Day 1: Making Equations {Addition & Subtraction} Math Game

Day 2: Number Line Addition & Subtraction Math Game

Day 3: Guess the Coins Math Game

Day 4: Roll Hundreds & Roll Thousands {Place Value Math Game}

Day 5: Living Math Books: Reading as a Math Activity

Day 6: Circle Subtraction Math Game

Day 7: Grid Multiplication Math Game

Day 8: Making it Whole {Fractions Game}

Day 9: Off the Grid {Addition & Subtraction Game}

Day 10: Math Games {Family Game Night}

Be sure to head over and check out the 28 other awesome bloggers participating in the 10 Days Series! Yep, that’s a total of almost 300 amazing blog posts chalk full of great information!

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  • Brandigandy

    This is a great list! I LOVE using books to teach math. I was a middle school math teacher for 8 years before staying home this year. Another book I absolutely adore to use is Spaghetti and Meatballs for Everyone. I use it when we are doing area and perimeter. I give the kids square tiles and we move through the table arrangements. I use a corresponding activity that requires the kids to use a set number of square tiles to form different perimeters. After doing both, we discuss what happens to area when perimeter changes, what happens to perimeter when area changes, do they both have to change, etc.

    I also really really love “The Math Curse”. I love using it at the beginning of the year or at the beginning of summer school to start having the kids see math in every day life. After I read the book and we talk, we do a gallery walk of every day pictures and the kids write math questions about the pictures. We build on it until each picture has 2-3 high level questions.

    As math teachers, we MUST support reading and writing. Love it.

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    Thanks so much for the book suggestions and ideas! I will FOR SURE have to check those out and add them to the Living Math Book List!

  • Coby

    This is fantastic! I’m not a mathematically-minded person (I used to be an English teacher), and this really helps me!