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Numbers and Stories

  • Title:Numbers and Stories: Using Children's Literature to Teach Young Children Number Sense
  • Author:Rita Janes, Elizabeth Strong
  • Publication Date:April 2014
  • Grade Level:K-2
  • ISBN:9781483330945
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Math and reading go hand in hand, especially among young children who are new to both. If you’re looking for a surefire way to build number sense and reading skills at the very same time, rely on this indispensable K-2 resource. Using children’s books as a springboard for standards-based learning, it provides 22 detailed lessons, all ready for immediate implementation.

The authors--one an internationally respected math professional development consultant, the other a language arts specialist--weave together the Common Core Math and ELA standards and practices, supporting you as you combine children’s literature with meaningful mathematical learning experiences. Their book provides:

  • 22 interactive, research-based investigations with detailed instructional suggestions and problem-solving tasks
  • High-quality children’s book selections
  • Reflection and discussion questions and prompts for both teachers and students
  • Children’s work pages and formative assessment tools
  • An online facilitator’s guide

Read this book, try out its investigations, and see the results for yourself. By pairing the books kids love with the math skills they’re building, you’ll give them a rock-solid foundation for future learning.

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Author Bio

Rita Janes has spent a lifetime as a teacher. She taught at all levels of schooling, including the teaching of mathematics and mathematics education for pre-service teachers. She served as a mathematics professional development consultant at the district level with responsibilities from kindergarten to grade 12. In recent years she has been facilitating workshops on mathematics instruction with teachers and school districts across Canada and the United States. She has a special interest in supporting teachers as they strive to integrate the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice into the content of elementary mathematics programs, helping to make these programs come alive in the classroom.

Elizabeth Strong is first and foremost a teacher. Her career began as a primary/elementary teacher, then elementary school administer, school district primary education coordinator and university professor. Elizabeth’s professional journey has focused mainly on literacy, language arts, and children’s literature. She has been and continues to be an International, National, Provincial, and Regional professional development presenter and facilitator of topics related to these areas. However, of late, her main focus is effectively using children's literature in the classroom to encourage young children to discover and explore the delights in books of all genres and to support, extend, and enrich all areas of the curriculum.

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