Monday, September 25, 2017

Relax with a Book for Math Storytelling Day

Monday, September 25 is Math Storytelling Day.

A great day to pick a favorite book, sit back and relax.

Or, if you happen to be teaching, choose a fun book about math or numbers to share with your students.

This is a day set aside to read and tell stories about anything to do with math.

Here are a few books for the younger crowd:

• Math Curse
• Inch by Inch
• One Grain of Rice
• The Greedy Triangle
• A Remainder of One,
• A Place for Zero
• Measuring Penny
• The Grapes of Math
• How Big Is a Million?
• Sir Cumference,
• Anno's Magic Seeds
• Even Steven and Odd Todd
• Mouse Count
• Fish Eyes
Older children might enjoy:
• Encyclopedia Brown myteries (you solve them)
• From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
• Magic Treehouse stories
Teens or preteens as well as adults may find some math gems in these books:

The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Givenchy Code by Julie Kenner
Agatha Christie mysteries
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Sherlock Holmes adventures by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And students who want to learn more about math and begin to develop a deeper understanding of pre-algebra and middle school math will enjoy Kiss My Math and other books by Danica McKellar.

Pick some of these or any book that tells a math story and share it (or a chapter) with your students.

You may also want to have your class try some multi-paragraph word problems. Excel Math includes Create A Problem exercises on the Student Lesson Sheets for Grades 2-6 about once a week, on the back of tests. Here's one from Grade 5:
 Excel Math Create A Problem Grade 5
Do these expanded word problems together as a class to help your students develop techniques for solving word problems and then begin writing some of their own.

Take a look at samples on the Excel Math website: Sample Lessons
Click on the word Problem in the chart to take a look at Create A Problem samples at each grade level.

For math lessons that really work, visit Excel Math online.

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