- Lesson Launch– Picture books can be great lesson openers. Choosing a picture book that is related to the content you are about to teach gives students a context for their learning, helps activate prior knowledge, illustrates another way to connect the learning, and develops curiosity about the skill. Examples- If You Hopped Like a Frog and The Greedy Triangle
- Explore a Concept– Picture books can be a great way to explore a concept too. Often times, picture books are designed so that students can work through the problem of the story with the characters of the book. For this type of learning experience, a well-crafted activity sheet can be used to give students an opportunity to experience the skill with the characters. Examples- Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland, A Remainder of One, and Spaghetti and Meatballs for All
- Explain– Picture books can also support student understanding of a skill after an initial learning experience. Many books actually explain how or why to use a skill or procedure and then gives students an opportunity to apply it through the context of the story. Examples- A Fly on the Ceiling, Cut Down to Size at High Noon, and What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?
- Station Work– Picture books make great tasks for math stations. Series such as the Pig books by Amy Axelrod and books by Stuart Murphy can be used with an accompanying activity sheet. Read an example of how to do this here.
A Fly on the Ceiling
A Remainder of One
Cut Down to Size at High Noon
If You Hopped Like a Frog
How Much is a Million
Multiplying Menace- The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin
Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All
The Greedy Triangle
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?
Want more? My month newsletter, Teaching Tidbits, includes a regular feature article highlighting a math picture book and ways to use it in the classroom. In addition, I often include an activity sheet to accompany the reading.
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