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Connecting Math to Literature Through Creative Technology Projects

A list of children's books about math that make for great student-published books and projects.

Children's literature and math

Combine amazing children's literature with math. Use this list of books to engage students in creative project work that combines reading, writing, and math.

Five Creatures. Emily Jenkins

Have students write and illustrate their own Five Creatures story using the members of their family. Print the files as a booklet to take home or export as an HTML storybook.

The Grapes of Math. Greg Tang

Have students write and illustrate their own math rhyming riddles. Combine all of the class riddles into one book and export to HTML to share online.

Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies. Louise Matthews

Explore multiplication with this fun book. Then, have students combine artwork and text to write their own multiplication stories.

The Greedy Triangle. Marilyn Burns

Have students write their own story about a geometric shape. Using the ideas in the book, encourage them to make connections to where the shape is found in the real world.

The Math Curse. Jon Scieszka

Have students write their own stories about the problems they encounter during a typical school day or the problems encountered by a fire fighter, police officer, doctor, etc.

The Best of Times. Greg Tang and Harry Briggs

Have students create their own simple rhymes to help them memorize basic facts. Students may use stickers and paint tools to illustrate each rhyme.

The Shape of Things. Dayle Ann Dodds and Julie Lacome

Have students compose images from 2 dimensional shapes and complete a sentence that describes their composite to create their own version of the book. (lesson plan)

Math for All Seasons: Mind Stretching Math Riddles. Greg Tang and Harry Briggs

Have students create their own unique counting book with patterns using stickers and pictures. Student may publish their stories as short movies to share with others.

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Math Fables. Greg Tang

Have students create their own counting fable using scenes and characters from familiar stories they have read. Print their stories to place in classroom library.

Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems. Lee Bennett Hopkins and Karen Barbour

Have students create their own math limerick poem for students to share. Compile each student’s poem as a class book.

Pigs Will Be Pigs. Amy Axelrod and Sharon McGinley

Have students create their own comic strip using basic money concepts for counting and making change. Other books in this series can help students explore math through travel, cooking, sports, and more!

Polar Bear Math: Learning about Fractions from the Klondike and Snow. Amy Whitehead Naqda and Cindy Bickel

Have students choose a daily concept like making lunch or time spent on homework to illustrate daily fractions found in the day. Student can create an HTML project to share with others.

Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class. Barbara Esham, Mike Gordo and Carl Gordo

Have students create a step-by-step guide for problem solving. This guide could be shared with others for future problem solving situations.

Melinda Kolk

by Melinda Kolk

Melinda Kolk (@melindak) is the Editor of Creative Educator and the author of Teaching with Clay Animation. She has been helping educators implement project-based learning and creative technologies like clay animation into classroom teaching and learning for the past 15 years.

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