Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom and Library
by Sueanne McKinney and KaaVonia Hinton
May 2010, 134pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-58683-522-4
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To date, a vast majority of classrooms continue to fall short in the implementation and direction of NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM), in part because most of these classrooms continue to use traditional methods for teaching mathematics. That is about to change.

Two experts on education offer a rich and diverse selection of children's literature and teaching strategies for the K-8 mathematics classroom.

Taking advantage of quality, motivating literature during mathematics instruction pays off, especially when teachers and media specialists work together to convey crucial mathematical concepts and standards. Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom and Library shows you how it’s done. After an introduction to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’s (NCTM) Principles and Process Standards, each remaining chapter is devoted to an NCTM content standard. The book offers engaging, research-based strategies and booklists of specific titles that, together, can be used to increase student achievement.

The strategies suggested here provide a hands-on, student-centered focus that allows students to make connections with prior learning, personal experiences, and good books. Both the recommended children’s books and the activities will appeal even to reluctant readers and students for whom mathematics might be a challenge. Each chapter includes an extensive, annotated list of texts, dozens of hands-on activities, handouts, and writing prompts.


  • Annotations for 200 children's books with math-related themes
  • Research-based teaching strategies that are essential for the urban and diverse learner
  • Detailed journal prompts that encourage writing in the math classroom and library
  • Handouts for engaging, hands-on math activities
  • Online resources for teaching math
  • A K-8 bibliography of literature suitable for teaching mathematical concepts
Sueanne McKinney, PhD, is assistant professor of STEM education and professional studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Her research interests include teaching mathematics in elementary high-poverty schools and developing mathematics teachers for high-poverty schools. She is the editor of "From the Classroom Department" for Teaching Children Mathematics and has received numerous teaching awards, such as the William C. Lowry University Teacher of the Year award given by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

KaaVonia Hinton, PhD is assistant professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She is the author of Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose and Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy, and coauthor of Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools and Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation, and Appreciation. Her reviews of young adult and children's literature are published regularly in VOYA and ForeWord magazine.


"While this title will have its greatest use in the elementary mathematics classroom, junior high teachers who work with lower-level math students may also find this source useful. Recommended."—Library Media Connection, March 1, 2011
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