Reflection: Routines and Procedures Mathematics and Literature - Section 2: Literature in Math


By third grade, most of my students have a joy of reading. The joy is important to this lesson, so I make sure to have books at students' reading levels.  

Students often compartmentalize their learning, keeping each subject as a separate entity. I want my students to see that they can use their strengths in all subjects to help them learn new things.

This activity allows me to demonstrate a few key ideas.  First, math is everywhere and is worth reading and writing about.  Second, I am showing students that the topics and concepts they learn in school are linked together. Math with reading, reading with writing, math with writing, math with science, and so forth.  I also use literature to help open a student to "talking" about math, because talking about a book they read is a great way of creating a safe, shared, environment. It is critical for students to grow as thinkers who are not afraid of "doing" math, but rather, can find joy in the patterns and problem/solution events of their real world. 

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Mathematics and Literature

Unit 1: Developing Mathematical Practices
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to discuss the math they "see" in a piece of literature.

Big Idea: Students love to talk about what they read. Use literature to begin growing mathematical thinkers and communicators.

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Math, Classroom Culture and Climate, Reading Across the Curriculum, Real World Math, joy, student ownership, Literacy in Math
  35 minutes
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