Sunday, June 30, 2013

Picture Books to Help Teach Math Concepts

I'm excited to link up again with Frist Grade and Fabulous for another amazing picture book linky party! This week's theme are picture books used to help teach math concepts (I'm not sure if my Amazon cart can handle this)!!! I'm especially excited to check out all of the titles posted and add to my collection- how very Common Core ;)
The truth is I LOVE using literature in math and have found my students really respond to it! Whether I take the time to read an entire picture book or read Shel Silverstein's poem, "Smart". It always seems to leave a lasting impression on our lesson. 
When I was in college and taking my elementary math methods class, my professor told us we could never go wrong with using a Marilyn Burns or Greg Tang book to start a lesson.  Boy, was she right! So without further ado, here are some of my favorite books I use during math....
Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong was introduced to me by my current team during what we call Multiplication Mania!!!  My students love this old Chinese folktale that reviews the concept of multiplying by twos.
 Next up is Pizza Pizzazz by Carol Losi and Marilyn Burns is a laugh out loud rhyming book that covers fractions.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE teaching fractions. Call me crazy. I have a stack of books I love to read during this unit, but this has to be my favorite. 
The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns (my favorite) is a staple during my geometry unit and launches a great discussion about polygons!
I have a collection of Greg Tang's math riddles and problem-solving books in my classroom library.  I loved how they challenged my third graders to think like a 'mathematician'.  :)
Thanks for stopping by, now I'm off to check out the other ideas over at First Grade and Fabulous!!!


  1. GREAT choices! I have those, too!! And, yes--Marilyn Burns and Greg Tang are the way to go! Stuart J. Murphy books are fantastic, too.

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

  2. I almost included the Greedy Triangle too! Great list of books!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. These are great book picks for teaching math concepts!

    I'm a new follower. :)

    Read With Me ABC

  4. My cart is overflowing. ;) This wasn't the best linky to have when you have a picture book addiction. OY! ;)

    Thanks for linking up---there are some great choices here!! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous