Mathematizing Children’s Literature: Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion
Sparking connections, joy, and wonder through read-alouds and discussion
Many teachers use traditional counting and shape books in math class. But what would happen if we approached any story with a math lens? How might mathematizing children’s literature give learners space to ask their own questions and make connections between stories, their lives, and the world around them? These are the questions Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith set out to explore in this book as they invite us to consider fresh ways of using interactive read-alouds to nurture students as both readers and mathematicians.
Inside Mathematizing Children’s Literature, you’ll learn how to do the following:
- Select picture books according to the goals of the read aloud experience.
- Plan and facilitate three kinds of read aloud discussions—Open Notice and Wonder, Math Lens, and Story Explore.
- Utilize Idea Investigations—experiences that invite students to pursue literacy and math-focused ideas beyond the pages of the read aloud.
- Connect with students’ families and communities through stories.
Along the way, Allison and Antony offer a wide range of picture book suggestions and appendices that include ready-to-use planning templates, a note-taking form, and a bookmark of guiding questions. Mathematizing Children’s Literature is a practical resource you’ll find yourself referring to frequently.