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Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School - EDUC 358a Resource Guide : Literature Connections Books

This guide will suggest resources to assist in teaching mathematics in the elementary school.

Literature Connections Books

These are children's literature that can be used with mathematics instruction.  They are linked to Columbia College and MOBIUS, if Columbia College does not have a print copy. The print copies are available to Missouri residents.

Developing Early Number Concepts and Number Sense

Anno’s Counting House. Anno. 1982   (MOBIUS)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Carle. 1969

Two Ways to Count to Ten, Dee, 1988 (MOBIUS)

Developing Meanings for the Operations

How Many Snails? Giganti. 1988 (MOBIUS)

One Hundred Hungry Ants. Pinczes. 1999

Remainder of One. Pinczes, 1995

Each Orange Had 8 Slices. Giganti 1992 (MOBIUS)

Helping Children Master the Basic Facts

One Less Fish. Toft. 1998 (MOBIUS)

The Twelve Days of Summer. Andrews. 2005 (MOBIUS)

Developing Whole-Number Place-Value Concepts

Moira’s Birthday. Munsch. 1987

100th Day Worries. Cuyler. 2000

100 Days of School. Harris. 1999

How Much is a Million? Schwartz. 1985

If You Made a Million. Schwartz. 1989

On Beyond a Million: An Amazing Math Journey. Schwartz. 1999

Magic of a Million Activity Book- Grades 2-5. Scwartz & Whitin. 1998

The King’s Commissioners. Friedman. 1994

A Million Fish… More or Less. McKissack. 1992

The Pop Corn Book. De Paola. 1978 

Is A Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? Wells. 2005 (MOBIUS)

Using Computational Estimation with Whole Numbers

Counting on Frank. Clement. 1991

“How Many, How Much” from A Light in the Attic. Silverstain. 1981

Algebraic Thinking: Generalizations, Patterns, and Functions

Anno’s Magic Seeds. Anno. 1994 (MOBIUS)

Bats on Parade. Appelt. 1999 (MOBIUS)

Pattern. Pluckrose. 1995 (MOBIUS)

Two of Everything: A Chinese Folktale. Hong 1993 (MOBIUS)

Developing Fraction Concepts

How Many Snails? A Counting Book. Giganti. 1988 (MOBIUS)

The Doorbell Rang. Hutchins. 1986

The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures. Tahan. 1993 (MOBIUS)

Developing Strategies for Fraction Computation

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll.

The Man Who Made Parks. Wishinsky. 1999 (MOBIUS)

Developing Concepts of Decimals and Percents

The Phantom Tollbooth. Juster 1961

Piece=Part=Portion: Fractions=Decimals=Percents. Gifford & Thaler. 2008 (MOBIUS)

Proportional Reasoning

If You Hopped Like a Frog. Schwartz. 1999

Holes. Sachar. 2000

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll. 1985/1982

The Borrowers. Norton. 1953

Gulliver’s Travels. Swift. 1995

Jim and the Beanstalk. Briggs. 1970 (MOBIUS)

Kate and the Beanstalk. Osborne 2000 (MOBIUS)

“One Inch Tall” in Where the Sidewalk Ends. Silverstain 1973

Swamp Angel. Isaacs 1999

Geometric Thinking and Geometric Concepts

The Greedy Triangle. Burns. 1995

Snowflake Bentley. Martin 1998

Color Farm Ehlert 1990 (MOBIUS)

Color Zoo. Ehlert 1989 (MOBIUS)

Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, and Spheres Hoban 2000 (MOBIUS)

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes. Hoban 1996 (MOBIUS)

So Many Circles, So Many Squares. Hoban 1998 (MOBIUS)

Developing Concepts of Data Analysis

The Best Vacation Ever. Murphy. 1997 (MOBIUS)

Frog and Toad are Friends. Lobel 1970

200% of Nothing: An Eye-Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy. Dewdney. 1993

If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World’s People. Smith 2002

Swamp Angel. Isaacs and Zelinsky. 2000

Exploring Concepts of Probability

Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book about Numbers. Ball 2005 (MOBIUS)

Harry Potter and the:

       Philosopher's Stone (MOBIUS)

      Chamber of Secrets (MOBIUS)

      Prisoner of Azkaban (MOBIUS)

      Goblet of Fire (MOBIUS)

      Order of the Phoenix (MOBIUS)

      Half-Blood Prince (MOBIUS)

      Deathly Hollows

Do You Wanna Bet? Your Chance to Find Out About Probability. Cushman 1991(MOBIUS)

My Little Sister Ate One Hare. Grossman. 1996 (MOBIUS)

Developing Concepts of Exponents, Integers, and Real Numbers

The Number Devil. Enzensberger. 1997 (MOBIUS)

Oh Yikes! History’s Grossest, Wackiest Moments. Masoff. 2006 (MOBIUS)