A magical math book is a book that inspires wonder, excitement, and/or delight for both reader and listener.
A big thank you and a dozen virtual roses to our first guest math book magic seeker. Jenny Jankowski is a middle school mathematics teacher from the Chicagoland area. I met Jenny a few years back while working on revisions to the elementary math curriculum Everyday Mathematics. It was a pleasure to be part of her team. Her students are lucky to have her! Now that she's back in the classroom, I was excited for her to share her experiences using picture books with older students. If You Hopped Like a Frog is written by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by James Warhola, and printed by Scholastic Press. David M. Schwartz is the author of many popular math and science books for children.
Joey loves things that fold: maps, beds, accordions. His interest in foldables increases after watching his classmate's mother turn an ordinary piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane. Joey sets out to learn origami. However, not everyone appreciates the amount of practice it takes to become an origami master. Especially since Joey has taken to folding his homework, his mother's money, and his sister's sheet music. Luckily, Joey finds a way to fold to his heart's content and becomes the origami master he set out to be.
Sheep Won't Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s was published in 2017 by Holiday House. Written by Judy Cox and illustrated by Nina Cuneo, this book's whimsical characters and gentle prose are perfect for inspiring colorful dreams and connection through counting before bedtime.
Baby Goes to Market was written by Nigerian-born Atinuke. Atinuke started her career doing traditional oral storytelling. Atinuke's story follows Baby and Mama through a Nigerian Market. Baby's is so adorable that the banana seller gives Baby six bananas. Baby eats one and secretly puts five bananas in Mama's basket. Baby continues to collect items at the market, eating one of each, and placing the rest in Mama's basket. The story ends with a secret between Baby and reader that is sure to bring a smile.
While sifting through piles of old math books, I came across the book below. The cover image coupled with the title bothered me. Women experience mathematics too! Opening the book, I hoped to see at least one female mathematician inside. I did not. 61 images, all male. Images are important. In the words of Annie Perkins... Continue Reading →
If you need ideas for how to celebrate Pi Day with your students/ children, Why not pick a magical math book to share and call it a day.
Weltman has masterfully curated a collection of activities that open doors to profound and curious mathematical questions. Some of these questions are written into the text ("Did you know you can fit an infinite number of circles into a finite space?" Wait. WHAT?!), however most questions Weltman magically tucks away inside unmade art waiting to be created and discovered by the reader.
This week's book added tangrams into our math story time. The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. In this NPR article*,... Continue Reading →
I didn't realize until researching this book that Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggie series is done, finished, finito. What?! Say it ain't so. Sorry, it is so. However, you can still get your Elephant and Piggie fix by reading Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat. In this book within a book, Mo Willem's iconic duo make a cameo as they introduce and reflect upon Dan Santat's story The Cookie Fiasco. The Cookie Fiasco provides opportunities to explore both division and fractions.