Monday, June 29, 2015

Must Read Monday: Must Read Books About Math

The theme this week for Must Read Monday is must read books about math.  I must admit that I struggled with math as a student in school.  It just wasn't a subject that clicked with me.  The irony of this is that my dad was a mathematician (as well as a meteorologist and had a career in the Navy).  He would try to tutor me and some of those sessions were difficult.  I didn't understand it, and he didn't understand why I didn't "get it" and a few of those sessions ended with me in tears!  Anyone else have this experience???  Fast forward to present day, and teaching math is probably my favorite subject to teach.  One of the reasons I love it so much is that I am determined to make math meaningful and I want it to make sense for my students.  I want them to understand math, to like math, and to feel successful!

The Kindergarten Connection and I would love to know what your favorite book(s) about math are.  You can link up with us and/or leave us a comment down below!

Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is an adorable and simple book about counting to 10, and then counting backwards from 10 to 1 at the end of the story.  This book is by the same authors as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.  I like reading this at the beginning of the year since the words, pictures, and objects to count are clear, and made for beginning readers.

Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson is a great book to read at the beginning of the year, and then also to revisit throughout the year.  My students love this story and want to hear it over and over again.  It counts from 1-20 and then by 10's to 100.  It also addresses a little bit of place value with the number zero.

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews is another wonderful book with cute rhymes and counting objects up to 10.  Each page has a different number of dots and those dots are integrated into a picture.  Children can easily relate to this book.  As an extension activity, it is fun to give your students 10 black dots and construction paper, and have them create their own design.

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston is a lovely book that rhymes and focuses on subtraction.  This story starts with 10 turkeys, and then through a series of events, the turkeys leave one by one.  This leads to good conversations about making numbers smaller and I always write the subtraction sentence on the white board and we practice reading the number sentence together.  This book is just one of many that has this particular style (starts with a group of 10 and gets smaller as the story goes on) and they are all great to read throughout the year!

The Mission of Addition by Brian P. Cleary is another fun book that talks about math.  It rhymes and explains what addition is.  There are various scenarios in the book which allow your students to add objects together.  It helps children count "all together" and then also create addition number sentences.  

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  1. Love the books you shared!! I don't think I have ever read Click, Clack, Splish, Splash!! Looks like a cute book and one I need to check out! I love Doreen Cronin's books! Thanks again for a great week of sharing books!
    ~Heather :)

  2. I too struggled with math growing up! For years and years I would have nights ending in tears because I just didn't get it. It wasn't until college that one of my professors realized I was transposing my numbers, which is a form of number dyslexia. Turns out I wasn't stupid at math after all, it's just that my brain insists on flipping the numbers around in my head!!
    I LOVE all of the book choices you shared with us today! I am proud to say I have all of those in my classroom library and really enjoy using them with my kinders. Great book picks!!
    Thank you so much for hosting such an incredibly fun link up party! I'm so excited to learn about new books each week!

    Warmest Wishes,
    Kindergarten Dragons

  3. I live the books you shared! I have several of those books that I use all the time! Classics :) I have not seen, Mission to Addition, but it sounds like a great book! I will be checking that one out for sure!
    ~Meghan (From Meghan's Pad)

  4. I love 10 fat turkeys! So fun! I don't own the book "Mission to Addition" but I think I need to! I am loving reading all of these book recommendations - I think I will be having lots of Amazon orders this summer! :)