Thursday, August 20, 2015

Math Read Alouds: Connecting Math and Literacy

During our summer workshop entitled "Math in Play", we invited educators to bring some of their favourite math read alouds to share with the group. Our intention was to build a library of strong mathematical texts that could be used in classrooms. Since our first math workshop, we have continued this and are absolutely amazed at the collection of rich read alouds you will find below!

The educators explored texts in small groups and had rich conversations about the concepts, questions and extensions that would support their book.

We thought carefully about how books could be a springboard for other learning in the classroom. Read Alouds can be used as provocations, they can be re-read to explore concepts with more depths, they can be brought into small group contexts to solve problems, and they can be adapted for different developmental and academic needs.



Below we have included all of the beautiful math read alouds shared by educators in our course. If you click on the book, it will direct you to Amazon where you can read more about the text and purchase it for your classroom.

If you click on the link underneath each book, you will be directed to another page that explains the mathematical concepts, questions that can be used before, during and after the book, as well as extensions and provocations connected to the text.

Keep in mind that all ideas are just suggestions that will spark further thinking in your planning process. We wouldn't ask all of the questions provided and we would not set out 3-4 provocations based on one book. We have found that chunking our read alouds into more than a day and revisiting books with students allows for further depth and understanding in the content. Please feel free to add your ideas, extensions through comments! We hope that these texts and ideas will provide simple sparks for programming next year.



Thank you to all of the educators who contributed their ideas, books, and knowledge to creating a wonderful resource that will support mathematical thinking in FDK!

Perfect Square

Perfect Square: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Zero Is The Leaves On The Tree

Zero is the Leaves on the Tree: Concepts, Questions and Extensions

Just How Long Can A Long String Be?!

Just How Long Can a Long String Be?: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Circles of Round

Circles of Round: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Big Fat Hen

Big Fat Hen: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Sizing Up Winter

Sizing Up Winter: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Ten for Dinner

10 for Dinner: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


The Napping House

The Napping House: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions



Ten Pink Piglets

Ten Pink Piglets: Concepts, Questions, Extensions



Quilt Counting

Quilt Counting: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Balancing Act

Balancing Act: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Changes, Changes

Changes, Changes: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Super Sand Castle Saturday

Super Sand Castle Saturday: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


One-Dog Canoe

One-Dog Canoe: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


None the Number (The Hueys)

None the Number: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Ten Birds

Ten Birds: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Zero

Zero: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


More

More: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


LOOK!

Look: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Pete The Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Count the Monkeys

Count the Monkeys: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

ANIMAL ANTICS

Animal Antics: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Tap the Magic Tree

Tap the Magic Tree: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Ten Black Dots

Ten Black Dots: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Equal Shmequal
 
Equal Shmequal: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Zero

Zero: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Ten Red Apples

Ten Red Apples: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions



Pool

Pool: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Windblown

Windblown: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Math-terpieces

Math-terpieces: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Perfect Square

Perfect Square: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions



More

More: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Just How Long Can A Long String Be?!

Just How Long Can a String Be: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Little Quack's Hide and Seek

Little Quack's Hide and Seek: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Love You When...

Love You When: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Harriet's Halloween Candy (Revised Edition) (Nancy Carlson Picture Books)

Harriet's Halloween Candy: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Shape Shift

Shape Shift: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Stuck

Stuck: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions

Actual Size

Actual Size: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


Scribble

Scribble: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions


The Doorbell Rang

The Doorbell Rang: Concepts, Questions, and Extensions



At the conference there were many other rich read alouds that we wanted to include, but did not do complete write ups on. Below are some of the books and the concepts that could be explored further:

City by Numbers

Concepts: Number Sense, Numbers in the Environment


Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On

Concepts: Quantity, Number Sense, Counting


The Greedy Triangle

Concepts: Geometry, composing/decomposing shapes

Along A Long Road

Concepts: Measurement, Positional Language


Two

Concepts: Number Sense, Number Two


Ten Little Pirates

Concept: Number Sense, Counting, 1:1 Correspondence, Adding/Subtracting

Mr. Koala's Steam Train

Concept: Spatial Awareness, Shapes/Geometry


Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers

Concepts: Probability (possible/impossible)


Mouse Count

Concepts: Number Sense, 1:1 Correspondence

 Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Concepts: Patterning, 1:1 Correspondence, Sorting, Quantity (more/less/same)

Shapes That Roll

Concepts: Geometry, Properties of 2D shapes and 3D figures


Circle, Square, Moose

Concepts: 2D shapes in the environment



6 comments:

  1. Fantastic post as always Tracy!! I wish I could've been a part of such rich learning!! You've provided teachers with such a wonderful springboard for discussion with each other and with their students - makes math so exciting!! Thank you for sharing all of your participants hard work, discussion and insights around making math meaningful through literacy!

    Inspiring as always :)
    Your friend,
    Jocelyn

    www.ljpskindergartenteam.blogspot.ca

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  2. Thanks Jocelyn! Cheryl and I wanted to share the rich learning from the workshop with those who couldn't attend. I love opportunities to think critically and talk about literature as educators, so valuable!

    Looking forward to exploring some of these new books in our classroom next year too!

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  3. Thank you so much for the fabulous list! It is so much more than I ever hoped for! You are both inspirational!

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  4. Thank you Beth for contributing and being part of such incredible learning! Hope you enjoy your time getting ready for the new school year!

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  5. Thanks for gathering this information together for us. I had a great time at the workshop. It was fun to try out new math materials.

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  6. Thank you Tracy for taking the time to capture and share the amazing learning, which took place at your workshop. I am new to FDK and have recently found your blog- love it! You are so inspiring and have helped keep my September jitters at bay :) This post has shifted my thinking about math and how rich literature can make it that much more meaningful and exciting for students. Offering the book list with ideas and links has been so helpful, especially for teachers new to FDK.
    I appreciate you sharing and look forward to reading about all the learning adventures in your classroom this year!

    Alynn

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