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Numbers and Stories
Using Children's Literature to Teach Young Children Number Sense



April 2014 | 224 pages | Corwin

Count on children’s books to build number sense!

Math and reading go hand in hand, especially among young children who are new to both. If you’re looking for a surefire way to build number sense and reading skills at the very same time, rely on this indispensable K-2 resource. Using children’s books as a springboard for standards-based learning, it provides 22 detailed lessons, all ready for immediate implementation.

The authors--one an internationally respected math professional development consultant, the other a language arts specialist--weave together the Common Core Math and ELA standards and practices, supporting you as you combine children’s literature with meaningful mathematical learning experiences. Their book provides

  • 22 interactive, research-based investigations with detailed instructional suggestions and problem-solving tasks
  • High-quality children’s book selections
  • Reflection and discussion questions and prompts for both teachers and students
  • Children’s work pages and formative assessment tools
  • An online facilitator’s guide

Read this book, try out its investigations, and see the results for yourself. By pairing the books kids love with the math skills they’re building, you’ll give them a rock-solid foundation for future learning.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Publisher's Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
I. Here's the Story: Fundamental Components for Developing Number Sense Using Children's Literature
 
1. The Young Child and Mathematics
Why Mathematics for Young Children?

 
Learning Mathematics in the Early Years

 
 
2. The Learning Environment
Features of the Learning Environment

 
Summary

 
 
3. Why Integrate Children's Literature and Mathematics?
Children's Literature and Learning Mathematics

 
Reasons for Integrating Children's Literature and Mathematics

 
Summary

 
 
4. Essential Features of the Investigations
Design of Investigations

 
The Context

 
Important Mathematics

 
Supporting Children's Learning

 
Summary

 
 
5. Design of the Investigations
Stages of Investigations

 
The Six Stages

 
Summary

 
 
II. Children's Literature and Number Sense Investigations
 
Unit 1: Counting and Cardinality
Cardinal Numbers One to Ten - The Water Hole (Graeme Base)

 
Subitizing - Olly and Me: 1 2 3 (Shirley Hughes)

 
Counting On - Mouse Count (Ellen Stoll Walsh)

 
Counting to Find How Many - How Many Snails? A Counting Book (Paul Giganti Jr.)

 
Counting Backwards - Ten Little Fish (Audrey Wood)

 
 
Unit 2: Whole Number and Operations Relationships
Comparing Quantities and Numbers - One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction (Michael Dahl)

 
Comparing Numbers - How Many Snails? A Counting Book (Paul Giganti Jr.)

 
Numbers That Make 10 - Ten Flashing Fireflies (Philemon Sturges)

 
Odd and Even Numbers - 365 Penguins (Jean-Luc Fromental)

 
Skip Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s - Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale (Ruby Dee)

 
Doubling Numbers - Minnie's Diner: A Multiplying Menu (Dayle Ann Conrad)

 
Equal Groups - How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? (Sean Chae)

 
 
Unit 3: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Equality and Equations - Balancing Act (Ellen Stoll Walsh) and Equal Shmequal (Virginia Kroll)

 
Decomposing Numbers/Word Problems - Quack and Count (Keith Baker)

 
Add Within 20 - The Tub People (Pam Conrad)

 
Subtraction Within 20/Word Problems - What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story (Suzanne Slade)

 
Add Two or More Addends - The Twelve Days of Summer (Jan Andrews)

 
 
Unit 4: Operations Within 100 and Place Value
Representing Numbers to 100/Addition and Subtraction - One is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book (April Pulley Sayre & Jeff Sayre)

 
Addition and Subtraction Within 100/Word Problems - The Centipede's 100 Shoes (Tony Ross)

 
Numbers 10 to 19/Place Value - Let's Count (Tana Hoban)

 
Numbers 20 to 100/Place Value - Let's Count (Tana Hoban)

 
 
Appendices
Appendix A (1-4) - Unit 1: Counting and Cardinality

 
Appendix B (1-12) - Unit 2: Whole Number and Operations Relationships

 
Appendix C (1-5) - Unit 3: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

 
Appendix D (1-8) - Unit 4: Operations Within 100/Place Value

 
Appendix E (1-2) - Duplicated Appendices

 
Appendix F - Learning Expectations Correlation Chart

 
 
References
 
Bibliography of Children's Literature for the Investigations
 
Index

“This a great topic.  With the push for application of math concepts to prepare for Common Core, this text will be a useful resource for teachers.”

Carol A Amos, Principal
Danville School, Danville, VT

“Teachers will find that this book enhances their math programs aligning problem solving to the Common Core.  It provides teachers the opportunity to “dig deeper” into the number sense math content, which is the basis of the Common Core.”

Emily Greaves, First Grade Teacher
Danville School, Danville, VT

“This book is unique in that it provides specific lessons and activities for specific books in children’s literature.”

“The ready to teach lessons, proposed activities, researched-based strategies and techniques would be a welcome asset to teachers.”

Marcia Carlson, 6th Grade Teacher
Crestview Elementary School, Clive, IA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Numbers and Stories - Preface

Numbers and Stories - Chapter 1


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