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.
Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra uses humorously spooky illustrations and easy, engaging text to demystify basic algebra. A teacher can use this as an opening activity or hook for an Algebra 1 course or a new unit of algebra.