I am so excited to have the lovely and talented Layla Henry from Fancy Free in 4th be a guest blogger for Sparkling Recommendations.
Happy Wednesday!!! This is Layla from Fancy Free in 4th and I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Courtney today sharing my Five Favorite Math Picture Books to use for upper grade classrooms.
#1 Math Curse by Jon Scienzka
#2 How Much is a Million? by David Schwartz
We start the year off teaching Place Value to the millions. The kids have a HARD time picturing what a million is, because it is such an abstract concept for them. They either relate the word million to wanting to become a millionaire or to the hyperbole I have a million things to do today. What I love about this book, is that it shows the kids how BIG one million really is. It transforms the abstract, into a more concrete idea.
#3 One Grain of Rice by Demi
This might be my favorite math book of all because not only does it teach mathematical concepts, but it also has a wonderful moral in it. If you've never read this book, it is a mathematical folktale where a selfish (king) raja keeps all the rice to himself during a time of famine. A clever girl outwits him with a little bit of math trickery. There is a great AND free resource online from ... where your students can track the grains of rice from the book.
#3 Remainder of One by Elinor J. Pinczesant toys and have the kids use them as math manipulatives. The students love acting out the book with these ant math manipulatives! Grab the ants here on Amazon to do this fun math-tivity with your class.
#4 Perimeter, Area and Volume by David Alderabout Perimeter How much fencing do the monsters need to buy to go around their yard?, Area How big is the movie screen? and Volume How much popcorn does a jumbo bag hold?
I hope some of these recommendations will help all of you upper grade teachers out there who love using pictures books to engage our students in learning! Using these, and many other math picture books, have helped engage the students and encourage those students who are a little bit apprehensive about new math concepts.
Hop on over to Jen's blog to read the rest of our list!