Next Monday, September 25, 2017, is #mathstorytellingday! [For more info go here and here.] Celebrate by sharing a math picture book. Perhaps the The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns or Otoshi's One. Or, in creative mood? Make up your own math stories with your students/children. The ideas of doubling and halving make great story contexts. And this week's #mathbookmagic... Continue Reading →

# Stack the Cats joins the #Mathbookmagic Book Stack

It's overwhelming to think about adding one more thing to parent's/teacher's never-ending to-do-lists. And so this week's post is about a multipurpose book where children can talk math, practice reading (especially K-1 children), and play a stacking game. The Book Stack the Cats was written and illustrated by Susie Ghahremani and published by Abrams Appleseed... Continue Reading →

# Math Cookbook Magic

The six recipes in this cookbook involve fractions, tessellations, circles, π, fibonacci numbers, geometric shapes, and probability. My children counted and sorted when making the Probability Trail mix. They measured and divided when calculating the ratio of the circumference to the diameter in Variable Pizza Pi and they added and counted while making their Fibonacci snack sticks. Finally, equivalent fractions were investigated a bit with Fraction chips.

# Teaching Time without Telling with Big Mama Cat

I needed a way to help him makes sense of telling time without subjecting him to a step-to-step lecture one the ins-and-outs of analog clocks. After researching which time-focused picture books elementary teachers use in their classrooms, I headed to the library. This post is about our favorite telling time book and some clock cards I created to talk time with Liam.

# Love and Eight with Kathryn Otoshi’s ONE and TWO

For the past week, my social media feed has been full of teachers and parents seeking and sharing ways to discuss and comfort children and each other after the hateful and appalling events in Charlottesville. Because of this, I've chosen Kathryn Otoshi's simple and powerful picture book entitled One for this Monday's Math Book Magic post. The... Continue Reading →

# K is for Kindergartner & Königsberg

G is for Googol offers simply-stated explanations and amusing trivia for each of the 26 letter of the alphabet. Plus a few bonus pages for repeated letters (e.g., G is for Googol and Googolplex). Also, if you have a kindergartner that is doing Letter of the week read this post and join in the fun!

# 1+1=5: A Book to Explore Unlikely Additions

Let me be clear, this book is NOT trying to confuse children into thinking that the addition statement 1+1=3 is a true! Under the arithmetic operation of addition, of course the expression 1+ 1 has only one value, 2. In order for the equation 1+1=3 to make sense, we need to add in some units.

# See and Share Geometry with Tana Hoban’s Books

With over 110 titles, Hoban's books for children are well-known and loved throughout the world. Her books help children explore the world by introducing concepts such as counting, shape, machines, colors, animals and textures.

# The Wonder-Full Wizard of Math and his Which One Doesn’t Belong? Books

This is a book of shapes. There are Triangles, Diamonds, and Spirals, Oh my! But there is much, much more. This book is about learning how to be a geometer (and more generally how to be a mathematical thinker).