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Numbers and Stories

Numbers and Stories
Using Children's Literature to Teach Young Children Number Sense

March 2014 | 224 pages | Corwin

Count on children’s books to build number sense!

Math and reading go hand in hand, especially among young children who are new to both. If you’re looking for a surefire way to build number sense and reading skills at the very same time, rely on this indispensable K-2 resource. Using children’s books as a springboard for standards-based learning, it provides 22 detailed lessons, all ready for immediate implementation.

The authors--one an internationally respected math professional development consultant, the other a language arts specialist--weave together the Common Core Math and ELA standards and practices, supporting you as you combine children’s literature with meaningful mathematical learning experiences. Their book provides

  • 22 interactive, research-based investigations with detailed instructional suggestions and problem-solving tasks
  • High-quality children’s book selections
  • Reflection and discussion questions and prompts for both teachers and students
  • Children’s work pages and formative assessment tools
  • An online facilitator’s guide

Read this book, try out its investigations, and see the results for yourself. By pairing the books kids love with the math skills they’re building, you’ll give them a rock-solid foundation for future learning.

Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Authors
I. Here's the Story: Fundamental Components for Developing Number Sense Using Children's Literature
1. The Young Child and Mathematics
Why Mathematics for Young Children?

Learning Mathematics in the Early Years

2. The Learning Environment
Features of the Learning Environment


3. Why Integrate Children's Literature and Mathematics?
Children's Literature and Learning Mathematics

Reasons for Integrating Children's Literature and Mathematics


4. Essential Features of the Investigations
Design of Investigations

The Context

Important Mathematics

Supporting Children's Learning


5. Design of the Investigations
Stages of Investigations

The Six Stages


II. Children's Literature and Number Sense Investigations
Unit 1: Counting and Cardinality
Cardinal Numbers One to Ten - The Water Hole (Graeme Base)

Subitizing - Olly and Me: 1 2 3 (Shirley Hughes)

Counting On - Mouse Count (Ellen Stoll Walsh)

Counting to Find How Many - How Many Snails? A Counting Book (Paul Giganti Jr.)

Counting Backwards - Ten Little Fish (Audrey Wood)

Unit 2: Whole Number and Operations Relationships
Comparing Quantities and Numbers - One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction (Michael Dahl)

Comparing Numbers - How Many Snails? A Counting Book (Paul Giganti Jr.)

Numbers That Make 10 - Ten Flashing Fireflies (Philemon Sturges)

Odd and Even Numbers - 365 Penguins (Jean-Luc Fromental)

Skip Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s - Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale (Ruby Dee)

Doubling Numbers - Minnie's Diner: A Multiplying Menu (Dayle Ann Conrad)

Equal Groups - How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? (Sean Chae)

Unit 3: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Equality and Equations - Balancing Act (Ellen Stoll Walsh) and Equal Shmequal (Virginia Kroll)

Decomposing Numbers/Word Problems - Quack and Count (Keith Baker)

Add Within 20 - The Tub People (Pam Conrad)

Subtraction Within 20/Word Problems - What's the Difference? An Endangered Animal Subtraction Story (Suzanne Slade)

Add Two or More Addends - The Twelve Days of Summer (Jan Andrews)

Unit 4: Operations Within 100 and Place Value
Representing Numbers to 100/Addition and Subtraction - One is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book (April Pulley Sayre & Jeff Sayre)

Addition and Subtraction Within 100/Word Problems - The Centipede's 100 Shoes (Tony Ross)

Numbers 10 to 19/Place Value - Let's Count (Tana Hoban)

Numbers 20 to 100/Place Value - Let's Count (Tana Hoban)

Appendix A (1-4) - Unit 1: Counting and Cardinality

Appendix B (1-12) - Unit 2: Whole Number and Operations Relationships

Appendix C (1-5) - Unit 3: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Appendix D (1-8) - Unit 4: Operations Within 100/Place Value

Appendix E (1-2) - Duplicated Appendices

Appendix F - Learning Expectations Correlation Chart

Bibliography of Children's Literature for the Investigations

“This a great topic.  With the push for application of math concepts to prepare for Common Core, this text will be a useful resource for teachers.”

Carol A Amos, Principal
Danville School, Danville, VT

“Teachers will find that this book enhances their math programs aligning problem solving to the Common Core.  It provides teachers the opportunity to “dig deeper” into the number sense math content, which is the basis of the Common Core.”

Emily Greaves, First Grade Teacher
Danville School, Danville, VT

“This book is unique in that it provides specific lessons and activities for specific books in children’s literature.”

“The ready to teach lessons, proposed activities, researched-based strategies and techniques would be a welcome asset to teachers.”

Marcia Carlson, 6th Grade Teacher
Crestview Elementary School, Clive, IA

Rita Cecilia Janes

Rita Janes has spent a lifetime as a teacher. She taught at all levels of schooling, including the teaching of mathematics and mathematics education for pre-service teachers. She served as mathematics professional development consultant at the district level with responsibilities from kindergarten to grade 12. In recent years she has been facilitating workshops on mathematics instruction with teachers and school districts across Canada and the United States. She has a special interest in supporting teachers as they strive to integrate the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice into the content of elementary... More About Author

Elizabeth L. Strong

Elizabeth Strong is first and foremost a teacher. Her career began as a primary/elementary teacher, then elementary school administer, school district primary education coordinator and university professor. Elizabeth’s professional journey has focused mainly on literacy, language arts, and children’s literature. She has been and continues to be an International, National, Provincial, and Regional professional development presenter and facilitator of topics related to these areas. However, of late, her main focus is effectively using children's literature in the classroom to encourage young children to discover and explore the delights... More About Author

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