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Math Literature in the Classroom

Page history last edited by Keith Schroeder 2 years, 9 months ago

Math Literature in the Classroom for Middle & High School

 

Many staff are looking for good examples of literature that also include math.  These are some of what we consider to be the best.

 

 

 

Algebra
Author
Grade
Comments
A Gebra Named Al Isdell 6-8 Algebra
Website
Equal Shmequal Kroll 6-8 Weight; balance; algebra equations; statistical mean
Website
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss McKellar 7-12 Pre-algebra
Knots on a Counting Rope Martin & Archambault PK-3 Problem solving; algebra; Native American tale
Secrets, Lies and Algebra Lichtman 6-8 An 8th-grade math detective discovers variables
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt 4-8 Time, exponential numbers, graphing, ratio, proportion, rates
Webpage
Decimal, Percent, Ratio & Proportion
Author
Grade
Comments
Animal Farm Orwell 6-8  Percent of increase in foodstuffs (p. 81)
Gulliver's Travels Swift 7-12  Ratio, proportion, measurement      Webpage
Holes Sachar 6-8 Ratio, proportion, data collection, percent
Website
Math Curse Scieszka 6-12 Permutations, problem solving, timeline, average, sequence, percent, vocabulary, volume
Website
The Phantom Tollbooth Juster 4-6 Ratio & proportion; many other mathematical concepts
The Principal's New Clothes Calmenson 6-9 Permutations; ratio; proportion
Website
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp Shields 6-10 Measurement; ratio; proportion; coordinate system; symmetry; transformation; area & volume; statistics; 3-D figures; perspective
Website
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt 4-8 Time, exponential numbers, graphing, ratio, proportion, rates
Webpage
Fractions
Author
Grade
Comments
Fraction Action Leedy 6-8 Fractions, equivalent fractions, numerator/denominator, operations on fractions
Website
Powers of Ten Eames & Eames 1-12 Flipbook with pictures dilating/shrinking with powers of ten
Geometry
Author
Grade
Comments
A Cloak for the Dreamer Friedman 6-7 Patterns, geometric shapes, tessellation, tiling
Website
A Wrinkle in Time L'Engle 4-8 Dimensions     
Webpage    Website
Catherine called Birdy Cushman 6-12 2-D shapes; length; metric system conversion; Fibonacci sequence
Website
Cat's Crade, Owl's Eyes: A Book of STring Games Gryski 4-12 Paper folding with stories
Chasing Vermeer Balliett 4-10 Geometric shapes, patterns, symmetry, Roman numerals, pentominoes, secret messages, historical mathematics
Chronicles of Narnia Lewis 8-12 Perimeter; circumference; radius; area; Venn diagram
Website
Cut Down to Size at High Noon: A Math Adventure Sundby 4-8 Ratio, scale factor
The Fly on the Ceiling Glass 5-9

Coordinate grid; plotting points
Website

Grandfather Tang's Story Tompert 6-8 Geometric shapes, spatial reasoning, perimeter, problem solving
Website
The Hands-On Marvelous Ball Book
Hansen-Smith 4-8 Geometric constructions with paper plates and hairpins

Harry Potter books

Rowling 4-8 Add/subtract; fractions; statistics; money conversion; geometry       Webpage
How to Make Super Pop-Ups Irvine 3-12 Pop-ups including the Great Pyramid (tetrahedron)
Imperial Earth Clarke 8-12 Pentominoes in chapter 7
Pentominoes      Online
Jim & the Beanstalk Briggs 4-6 Coordinate plane; Pythagorean theorem
Maps, Tracks and the Bridges of Konigsberg: A Book About Networks Holt 6-12 Networks; graph theory; problem solving
More Murderous Math (Spanish) Poskitt 4-8 Measurement; geometry
Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry Neuschwander 6-8 Geometric solids & shapes; nets; spatial reasoning
Website
Rubber Bands, Baseballs, and Doughnuts: A Book About Topology Froman 6-12  Topology; rubber sheet geometry
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp Shields 6-10 Measurement; ratio/proportion; coordinate system; symmetry; transformation; area & volume; statistics; 3-D figures; perspective
Website
Sir Cumference & the Dragon of Pi Neuschwander 6-10 Geometric shapes, construction, deconstruction, spatial visualization
Website
Sir Cumference & the First Roundtable Neuschwander 6-10 Geometric shapes; construction/ deconstruction; spatial visualization
Website
Sir Cumference & the Great Knight of Angleland Neuschwander 6-10 Obtuse angles, right angles, acute angles, straight angles, protractor
Website
Sir Cumference & the Sword in the Cone Neuschwander 6-10 Geometric solids; cones; volume; Euler's Law
Website
The Calder Game Balliett 4-7 Geometry, codes, mazes
The Warlord's Puzzle Pilegard 6-12 Measurement; area; perimeter; fractions; geometric figures
Weslandia Fleischman 6-8 Time; protractor; angles; number system; sundial
Website
What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure Ellis 6-12 Pythagorean Theorem, right triangles, angles
The Wright 3 Balliett 4-7 Geometry, art, codes
Logic & Reasoning
Author
Grade
Comments
5-Minute Math Problem of the Day Miller & Lee 4-8 Brainteasers to start class
A Tangled Tale Carroll   Ten mathematical story puzzles
Chasing Vermeer Balliett 4-10 Geometric shapes, patterns, symmetry, Roman numerals, pentominoes, secret messages, historical mathematics
Grandfather Tang's Story Tompert 6-8 Geometric shapes, spatial reasoning, perimeter, problem solving
Website
Mathematical History: Activities, Stories, Puzzles, and Games Gonzales, Mitchell & Stone   Mathematical activities, puzzles, stories & games from history
Moja Means One Feelings 5-8 Number systems; problem solving; logic & reasoning; measurement; conversion
Website
More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School Sacher 4-8 Puzzles for logic & reasoning
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School
Sacher 4-8 Introduction to variables; logic & reasoning
The Sneaky Square & Other Math Activities for Kids Sharp 4-6 139 mathematical activities; estimation; problem solving; puzzles; calculator exercises
The Calder Game Balliett 4-7 Geometry, codes, mazes
The Warlord's Puzzle Pilegard 6-12 Measurement; area; perimeter; fractions; geometric figures
Measurement
Author
Grade
Comments
Araminta's Paint Box Ackerman   Maps and milege
Catherine called Birdy Cushman 6-12 2-D shapes; length; metric system conversion; Fibonacci sequence
Website
Counting on Frank Clement 6-8 Estimation; nonstandard measurement; probability
Website
Equal Shmequal Kroll 6-8 Weight; balance; algebra equations; statistical mean
Website
Grandfather Tang's Story Tompert 6-8 Geometric shapes, spatial reasoning, perimeter, problem solving
Website
Gulliver's Travels Swift 7-12  Ratio, proportion, measurement      Webpage
How Much & How Many Bendick 5-9 History of weights/measures
Math Curse Scieszka 6-12 Permutations, problem solving, timeline, average, sequence, percent, vocabulary, volume
Website
Moja Means One Feelings 5-8 Number systems; problem solving; logic & reasoning; measurement; conversion
Website
One Hundred Hungry Ants Pinczes 6-8 Measurement, multiplication arrays, division, converting units, money
Webpage    Webpage
Powers of Ten Eames & Eames 1-12 Flipbook with pictures dilating/shrinking with powers of ten
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp Shields 6-10 Measurement; ratio & proportion; coordinate system; symmetry; transformation; area & volume; statistics; 3-D figures; perspective
Website
Spaghetti & Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story Burns 6-8 Perimeter, area, arrangements
The Warlord's Puzzle Pilegard 6-12 Measurement; area; perimeter; fractions; geometric figures
Number Sense
Author
Grade
Comments
1, 2, 3, Infinity: Facts & Speculations of Science Gamow 8-12 Historical and interesting number facts and stories
A Grain of Rice Pittman 6-9 Place & face value; powers of two
Website
Alice in Wonderland Carroll 6-12 Exponents; scientific notation; logarithms     
Video#2: Alice to the Moon
Anno’s Hat Tricks Anno   Binary logic
Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar Anno   Factorials     
Lesson
    Website
Best of Times Tang 6-8 Multiplication facts, number sense
Website
The Calder Game Balliett 4-7 Geometry, codes, mazes
Catherine Called Birdy Cushman 6-12 2-D shapes; length; metric system conversion; Fibonacci sequence
Website
Chasing Vermeer Balliett 4-10 Geometric shapes, patterns, symmetry, Roman numerals, pentominoes, secret messages, historical mathematics
How the Other Half Thinks Stein   Imaginary numbers
Imperial Earth Clarke 8-12 Pentominoes in chapter 7
Pentominoes      Online
Math Curse Scieszka 6-12 Permutations, problem solving, timeline, average, sequence, percent, vocabulary, volume
Website
Moja Means One Feelings 5-8 Number systems; problem solving; logic & reasoning; measurement; conversion
Website
More M&M Chocolate Candies Math McGrath 6 Bar graph; estimation; average; multiplication; division
Website
Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure (Spanish) Enzensberger 6-12 Numeracy from interesting number sequences to exponents & matrices
Powers of Ten Eames & Eames 1-12 Flipbook with pictures dilating/shrinking with powers of ten
The Wright 3 Balliett 4-7 Geometry, art, codes
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt 4-8 Time, exponential numbers, graphing, ratio, proportion, rates
Webpage
Uno's Garden Base 1-8 Sequences, prime numbers, multiplication as repeated addition, squared and cubed numbers
Probability & Statistics
Author
Grade
Comments
"A Rice Sandwich" from A House on Mango Street Cisneros 4-8 Permutations; estimation; money; multiplication
Website
All Mixed Up! Gukova 4-7 Permutations
Website
A Million Fish...More or Less McKissack 6-8 Bar graph; statistics; data table; mean/median/mode; scatterplot; trend line
Website
A Wrinkle in Time L'Engle 4-8 Data analysis & probability
Website
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Twain  
Mean, median, range     
Webpage
Counting on Frank Clement 6-8 Estimation; nonstandard measurement; probability
Website
Dinosaur Data Book Lambert   Graphs
Do You Wanna Bet? Cushman 5-8 Probability; chance
Equal Shmequal Kroll 6-8 Weight; balance; algebra equations; statistical mean
Website
Guinness Book of Records Time Inc 4-12  Graphs
Harry Potter books Rowling 4-8  Add/subtract; fractions; statistics; money conversion; geometry       Webpage
Holes Sachar 6-8 Ratio, proportion, data collection, percent
Website
The Inch Boy (oop) Morimoto 4-8 Japanese fairy tale; height mean/median/mode
(LESSON: MTMS May 08, 538-542)
In the Next Three Seconds Morgan 3-6 Statistical prediction
Jumanji Van Allsburg 4-8 Data analysis & probability
Math Curse Scieszka 6-12 Permutations, problem solving, timeline, average, sequence, percent, vocabulary, volume
Website
Moja Means One Feelings 5-8 Number systems; problem solving; logic & reasoning; measurement; conversion
Website
More M&M Chocolate Candies Math McGrath 6 Bar graph; estimation; average; multiplication; division
Website
Pit and the Pendulum Poe 9-12 Data in T-table; graphing; prediction; problem solving
Website
The Principal's New Clothes Calmenson 6-9 Permutations; ratio; proportion
Website
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp Shields 6-10 Measurement; ratio; proportion; coordinate system; symmetry; transformation; area & volume; statistics; 3-D figures; perspective
Website
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt 4-8 Time, exponential numbers, graphing, ratio, proportion, rates
Webpage
Historical
Author
Grade
Comments
A Grain of Rice Pittman 6-9 Place & face value; powers of two
Website
American Girl series (various) 6-8 Historical based facts & figures
Alice in Pastaland Wright   Accompanying "Pasta Math" ideabook
Chasing Vermeer Balliett 4-10 Geometric shapes, patterns, symmetry, Roman numerals, pentominoes, secret messages, historical mathematics
Mathematicians are People Too Reimer & Reimer 3-7 Biographies of mathematicians
The Fly on the Ceiling Glass 4-6 Historical fiction; Descartes; coordinate plane
The Man Who Counted Tahan 4-6 Collection of Arabic Nights adventures
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt 4-8 Time, exponential numbers, graphing, ratio, proportion, rates
Webpage
Uncle Petros & Goldbach's Conjecture  Doxiadas 9-12 A boy & his uncle attempt to solve the famous Goldbach conjecture
Miscellaneous
Author
Grade
Comments
Boss for a Week (oop) Handy 6-8 Days of week, calendar
Captives of Time Bosse 7-10 Time travel; first clock
Chasing Vermeer Balliett 4-10 Geometric shapes, patterns, symmetry, Roman numerals, pentominoes, secret messages, historical mathematics
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics Juster 4-6 A mathematical romance
Do the Math #2: The Writing on the Wall Lichtman 5-10 Algebra, variables, and much more
Do the Math: Secrets, Lies and Algebra Lichtman 5-10 Inequalities, graphs, percent, imaginary numbers, infinity, non-Euclidean geomety and much more...

The Essential Arithmeticks
(Spanish)

Poskitt 4-6 Series of funny stories about math
The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places Lee & O'Reilly 4-6 Real life mathematics and historical mathematicians
Harry Potter books Rowling 4-8  Add/subtract; fractions; statistics; money conversion; geometry       Webpage
Jayden's Rescue Tumanov 4-6

Fantasy novel; problem solving

Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail McKellar 5-8 Factors, fractions, decimals, percent, algebra
Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for 2 Voices Pappas   Mathematical poems to be read aloud by 2 people
Multiplying Menace: The Revenge Of Rumpelstiltskin Calvert 3-6 Rumpelstilskin gets revenge using math
Pythagoras Eagle and the Music of the Spheres Nolting 6-8 Mathematically talented orphan interacts with patterns in math, nature and music
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Sacher 4-8 Crazy short stories; 30 floors in school
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt 4-8 Time, exponential numbers, graphing, ratio, proportion, rates
Webpage
The Unknowns: A Mystery Carey 6-12 Friends solve mystery through mathematical problem solving

 

 

 

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