Posted by: HouPE | 05/25/2012

Teaching Math through Summer Reading

You can do anything during your summer reading at the library – become a cowboy to ride in the wild west, travel down to the bottom of the sea to explore the Titanic, sit with King Arthur and the knights of the round table… All you need is a book and your imagination! Have you ever thought of using your reading to building math skills? You can do it, you know. Math fables and picture books teaching or supporting math concepts are quite popular. It doesn’t take much to find them if you have some time to browse the catalog. Select the advanced search option to reach a screen that looks like this:

We chose to build money skills with this group of books. We found a number of books that dealt with money at a variety of levels. There are young adult books, chapter books, and picture books. We are looking for picture books to introduce money concepts, here are a couple of our favorites:

Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells has ever popular Max & Ruby working their way through a day in town. They must make their money stretch while handling unexpected expenses. This book is a great tool for introducing prioritizing expenditures and budgeting.

The Berenstain Bears’ Dollars and Sense by Stan & Jan Berenstain. Brother and Sister Bear learn that money doesn’t grow on trees by exploring money management.

Penelope Gets Wheels by Esther Allen Peterson introduces us to Penelope who has her heart set on a shiny new bicycle. She learns how far the dollars and coins in her pocket will go with a trip to the toy store.

The Purse by Kathy Caple follows Katie as she attempts to earn some spending money. Katie learns a little about buyer’s remorse. She works odd jobs to earn extra money in an effort to undo a bad purchase.

If you are looking for a more direct approach try out the Money for… series from Mary Elizabeth Salzmann. Activities include counting, values, budgeting, and making good choices with money. There are a variety of titles such as Money for Toys, Money for School, Money for Hobbies, etc.

All of these titles and many more are available at Perry Public Library. This is just an example of one skill that can be developed along with literacy with your summer reading.

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