Teaching Mathematics through Reading
Methods and Materials for Grades 6-8
by Faith H. Wallace and Jill Shivertaker
October 2008, 96pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-58683-324-4
$40, £30, 34€, A58

Get the most from your instructional minutes with students by using the ideas in this research-based book to teach mathematical literacy!

• Encourages teachers and librarians to use all types of texts to teach mathematical concepts and standards to young people
• Shows how to use informational trade books, literature, and environmental text to infuse mathematics into your lessons
• Subjects taught and illustrated with text and activities include number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis

This book provides teachers and administrators with alternative text sources and activities for supporting the development of mathematics as well as reading. In Section 1 you will find a variety of text types and annotated bibliographies for teachers to select the most appropriate texts for their classrooms. Section 2 offers several ideas, strategies, and activities that meet the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Faith H. Wallace is an assistant professor of Adolescent Education and Literacy at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.

Jill Shivertaker is a seventh grade mathematics and social studies teacher at Sammy McClure, Sr. Middle School in Dallas, Georgia.

Reviews

"Extension activities in tested strands are plentiful in this excellent resource. Each section includes a book summaries, objectives, activity sheets, and brain-twisting challenges. Students expand on mastered knowledge and connect to literature, their families, and their world. I see this as an outstanding resource for Pre-Algebra/Algebra classes."—Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 00/00/00

"This resource provides middle school teachers and library media specialists with alternative text sources and activities to support the development of mathematics as well as reading skills. Section I introduces three types of texts: informational trade book, literature, and environmental print (such as lottery tickets, credit card solicitations, directions, and nutritional information). For each text type, the authors provide annotated bibliographies and lists of potential resources. Also provided in Section I are lists of materials and supplies for activities. In Section II, ideas, strategies, activities, detailed lesson plans, and reproducible student worksheets using these texts are given for each of the content standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Subjects taught and illustrated include numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis. An appendix lists current mathematical picture books. Wallace teaches adolescent education at Kennesaw State University. Shivertaker is a middle school teacher."—Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2009

"Library media and technology specialists for grades K-12 receive a fine survey showing how to use all kinds of texts to help students learn mathematical concepts. From informational trade books and literature to learning numbers, geometry, algebra, and data analysis, chapters survey the available literature and offer annotated biblographies to help in classroom text selection and activities. Education and librarian collections will find this an excellent pick."—Midwest Book Review, February 1, 2009
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