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Geometry and Fractions

Books for Children and Families

One Hundred Hungry Ants
Literature
by Elinor J. Pinczes
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 (32p) also paper
A picture book that connects to fractions, multiplication, and division.

Fraction Action
by Loreen Leedy
Holiday, 1994 (32p)
Miss Prime and her class of animal students explore fractions by using examples from the world around them.

Fraction Fun
by David Adler
Holiday, 1996 (32p)
Using pizza and other objects as examples, children learn to recognize and compare different fractions.

Eating Fractions
Multicultural
by Bruce McMillan
Scholastic, 1991 (32p)
In an introduction to halves, thirds, and quarters, two children divide bananas, pizza, and strawberry pie.

Gator Pie
by Louise Matthews
Sundance, 1995 (38p) also paper
A group of alligators divide a pie into smaller and smaller fractional parts.

A Cloak for the Dreamer
by Aileen Friedman
Scholastic, 1994 (32p)
Two sons of a tailor make beautiful cloaks for the archduke using rectangles, squares, and triangles, but the third son's cloak of circles is full of open spaces.

Space Race
by Bob Barner
Bantam, 1995 (32p)
When two robots compete to build spaceships from different geometric figures, one falls apart and one blasts off.

The Greedy Triangle
by Marilyn Burns
Scholastic, 1994 (32p)
After changing into a quadrilateral, a pentagon, and other figures, a triangle discovers it likes being a triangle best.

Grandfather Tang's Story
Multicultural
by Ann Tompert
Crown, 1990 (32p)
A Chinese man tells his granddaughter a story by arranging tangram puzzles into a series of animals.

The Wheeling and Whirling Around Book
by Judy Hindley
Candlewick, 1994 (32p)
A description of wheels, orbital rings, bottle tops, balls, rolling pins, galaxies, and other things that spin and wheel and whirl.

The Village of Round and Square Houses
Multicultural
by Ann Grifalconi
Little, 1986 (32p)
Set in an East African village, this story explains why women live in round houses and men live in square ones.

Books for Teacher Reference

Read Any Good Math Lately?
by David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde
Heinemann, 1992 (205p)
This resource helps teachers access and use children's books in the classroom for mathematical learning.

It's the Story That Counts
by David J. Whitin and Sandra Wilde
Heinemann, 1995 (224p)
The authors explain the importance of children's literature in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The Wonderful World of Mathematics
by Diane Thiessen and Margaret Mattias
NCTM, 1992 (241p)
An annotated bibliography of children's books appropriate for developing math skills.

Picturing Math
by Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Otis
SRA Media, 1996 (152p)
A variety of math concepts are introduced through the use of picture books for preschoolers through second graders.

Connecting Mathematics Across the Curriculum
edited by Peggy A. House
NCTM, 1995 (248p)
This volume emphasizes how math can be connected to subjects across the curriculum and to the everyday world.

Math World Bibliography

The Complete Book of Origami: Step-by-step Instructions in Over 1000 Diagrams/37 Original Models
by Robert J. Lang
Dover Publications, 1988 (154 pp.)
A how-to book ranging from the simple to the most challenging.

The Encyclopedia of Origami & Papercraft
by Paul Jackson
Running Press, 1991 (192 pp.)
A step-by-step visual directory with practical projects and a gallery of finished designs. Includes explanation of the geometry underlying origami.


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