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The following may help you integrate Language Arts and Mathematics

  • Math Curse - Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith "...Why does everything have to be a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? why? Becasue you are the victim of a Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken."
    • TEACHING IDEAS
      • After reading the book, have students create their own "math curse books" using your current topic or strand of study as the content for creating probelms they will encounter while cursed.
The following websites can help you as you plan a math and literature integration project:
  • Pulling Math Concepts from Literature: From teachervision.com - You can pull math concepts out of many interesting books. Use our suggestions below to help you find real-world application of math skills and broaden the educational value of reading in your classroom. (This is more elementary but can help you start thinking about how this can be done with higher-level literature).
  • Figure This! Math & Literature: Presents a few good examples for middle years to get you started on your own!
  • Math & Literature: An article that discusses the intergration of math and literature.
  • Math and Time Travel: a list of novels.
  • Math & Novels: This article gives suggestions for using math with Tuck Everlasting and Bull Run!