Picture Books for Middle School Math

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1. Mrs. R.Connoisseur

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One of my colleagues is doing a project with her math classes using the book "The Math Curse". I was helping her prepare her think-aloud demos and her rubrics, when she mentioned that she would do more of this type of thing if she could find picture books about math that were appropriate to use with middle schoolers. Any ideas out there?

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Sir Cumference is a whole series of picture books about knights, but all math based. Also there is a book called The Grapes of Math.

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There's a book called The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins it's about someone who baked cookies, then more and more people keep coming over to the house, so they keep having to divide the cookies. I read this book to my class and gave them counters to use, so as we read, they figured out how to divide the cookies equally. Then I made a follow up sheet that I called THe DOorbell Rang Again, and made up virtually a new story, with different numbers for division problems for them to solve with counters. After this lesson they really got the idea of division (a conceptual understanding).

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka -- great picture book
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes -- short novel -- basic counting, but ...
Smart -- poem by Shel Silverstein -- great for a money unit!!!! Really funny and you can't beat it!
The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns -- Geometric shapes
Books by Greg Tang -- Math Riddles with colorful illustrations -- The Grapes of Math, Math for all Seasons, Math-erpieces, Math Potatoes -- are just a few off the top of my head
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table -- and other Sir Cumference books by Cindy Neuschwander -- There are at least two others - neat picture book stories
A Remainder of One by Elinor Pinczes -- division
Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy -- great picture book about different ways to measure
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All by Marilyn Burns
Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander -- multiplication
One Hundred Angry Ants by Elinor Pinczes -- division
Pigs Go to Market -- and other pig books by Amy Axelrod -- several math concepts covered
G is for Googol by David Schwartz -- math alphabet book
How Much is a Million by David Schwartz
On Beyond a Million by David Schwartz
If You Made a Million by David Schwartz
Millions to Measure by David Schwartz
If You Hopped Like a Frog by David Schwartz -- comparisons
The History of Counting -- can't remember the author
From Zero to Ten: The Story of Numbers by Vivian French
One Grain of Rice -- Demi -- exponential growth
The King's Chessboard by David Birch -- exponential growth similar to the above book
Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert -- Tangrams
The Warlord's Puzzle by Virginia Pilegard -- Tangrams
The Warlord's Beads by Virginia Pilegard -- the abacus
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest by Steve Jenkins -- measurement of the extremes
Polar Bear Math, Tiger Math, Chimp Math, Panda Math -- Books by Ann Nagda -- combines science and math and real life application
Even Steven and Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi ?sp
Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed by Joy N. Hulme
Stuart J. Murphy has a whole series of books called Math Start that explore many different math concepts
Marvelous Math -- edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a collection of poems dealing with math -- included are Marvelous Math, Take a Number, To Build a House, Math Makes Me Feel Safe, One to Ten, Calculator, SOS, Fractions, Pythagoras, Hourglass, Time Passes and a few others.
Get white boards and various colors of markers. Put a problem on the board, they work it, you say, "Hold", and they raise their boards in the air.

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Wow! Thanks so much.

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Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka -- great picture book

I just wanted to say that I heard Jon Scieszka speak at the Columbia Teacher's College Conference Saturday and he is wonderful!!!! He talked about this book as well as his other book Science Verse!!!!! Both books would be great for middle school math and middle school science!!!! I wish my 2nd graders would understand the humor but I think that it would go right over their heads.