When Children’s Books Also Tell Stories about Math

Education Week

Education Week highlights how “one of many teachers’ and students’ favorite classroom activities—reading aloud—can also be a time for learning about math.” It’s known as “mathematizing literature,” and Allison Hintz, a former elementary school teacher, and Antony Smith, associate professor of educational studies at the University of Washington, are developing toolkits to help adults identify mathematical themes in existing children’s books to help teach numeracy and math skills. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Hintz notes that “mathematicians… solve complex problems, they work through mistakes, they spend a lot of time on one problem.” One of the best attributes teachers find in high, comparable standards is the flexibility and creativity they brings to their classrooms.

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