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Rich Resources: Children's Literature


Children's literature can be a welcoming way to help students learn math vocabulary and concepts. Research has shown that books provide a meaningful context for learning math, helping students understand and retain concepts more deeply in Long-term Memory. This strategy can also support the practice of culturally responsive teaching and can be used with other strategies that allow representation of all learners in the curriculum.

Use It in the Classroom

See how an elementary teacher uses multicultural literature to teach math. Motivated by their curiosity about other cultures, students practiced the math skills of Counting and interpreting data as well as their Language Skills.

  • Teachers can read books aloud and discuss with students the math concepts in the story. In these discussions, teachers can help students practice expressing their understanding of specific math skills, such as Geometric and Proportional Reasoning. Research has also shown that discussing books that counter traditional stereotypes about math can support all students in developing a positive Math Mindset.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • A digital library of books with math topics or pre-existing OER resources can supplement an in-class library and even be used for a home lending system, supported by school-owned devices, so students can read with their families.