Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cool Books for teaching Math

As I am "spiffing up" my classroom library this summer I thought I'd share some of my favorite for books for teaching different subject areas.  Today I will focus on books that I use for various math lessons. 

One of my favorites is The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns when I introduce our geometry unit.  The kids love the "shape shifter" character, so it really holds their interest. 

A great book I have found for supporting number sense is the book,
The Grapes of Math by Gregory Tang. 

Your kiddos will have a ball listening to you read Measureing Penny by Loreen Leedy.  This story is about a little girl trying to do her math homework assignment and gets the help of her dog, Penny, for all sorts of measuring fun.

A book we will be using this year as we introduce the idea of elapsed time is called The Long Wait  by Anne Cobb.  It's set at an amusement park where the main characters Josh and Zach are evaluating the length of the ride they want to take.  They make estimations and judgements related to how long they may wait in line.  Sounds like a great book...can't wait to read it.  I just ordered it from Amazon.
The Long Wait (Math Matters)

Of course, if I can find a way to involve chocolate I will... so I must mention an old favorite to introduce fractions (which I really do bring chocolate in)...I call it The Hershey Bar Fraction Book, but the true name is The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fraction Book
by Jerry Pallotta and Robert Bolster.
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Recently, they've added to the Hershey Bar book series with Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures.  Now, I don't have this one yet, so I can't give my opinion, but I plan to pick it up and check it out. 
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Go enjoy a great math book!

Donna Boucher at the Math's Coaches Corner is sponsoring a great blog hop
to go along with this blog topic called...
I'd love to hear your favorites too...
The book you link up can be a book about teaching math, a children's literature book that you like to use for math instruction, or one of both if you'd like. Use a link directly to the book for the URL, the book title for the description, and the book cover for the picture. You can go to  Amazon to grab a URL and picture.

C'mon, don't be shy! Add a link now. This is also a blog hop, so grab the code and share it with a post to your readers. It should be fun to see everyone's favorites!!


  1. I have a lot of your favorites on my bookshelf! Thanks for sharing. :)


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  2. Thank you for sharing your favorites :) I will be teaching title 1 math next year, so this link up is very helpful :)

  3. Oh Susan thanks so much for sharing!

    I have a list of some of my favourite math books on my blog - but not nearly as many as this! I only wish I had gotten in earlier in the hop!

    I am on the search for great 3rd Grade blogs and I am so glad I found yours! I LOVE blogs because teachers are always sharing ideas!

    I am a third grade teacher in Australia who loves Math - check out my blog if you get a chance - I have lots of freebies. I have a fabulous Math activity at the moment to work towards skip counting - but you have to be quick! I am always sharing lots of great ideas - so hopefully you can use some of mine too!



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