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Measurement and Time

Books for Students

Dragonfly's Tale
Kristina Rodanas
Clarion Books, 1991.
This story, based on Zuni legend, explores length, capacity, time, and symmetry.

Anno's Sundial
Science/Health
Mitsumasa Anno
Philomel Books, 1987.
The earth's movement around the sun results in a movement of shadows that may be used to tell time. Also includes pop-up sundials and instructions of how to make and use them.

Time
Henry Pluckrose
Children's Press, 1995.
Photographs illustrate the exploration of units of time measurement from seconds to years.

Nine O'Clock Lullaby
Marilyn Singer
HarperCollins Publishers, 1991.
Readers discover that when it is 9:00 a.m. in New York, people around the world are performing daily tasks that relate to different times of the day.

How Big Is a Foot?
Rolf Myller
Dell Publishing, 1991.
Children describe the importance of units of measure as they read about a king having trouble determining the size of a bed to buy.

How Big Am I?
Shirley Greenway
Hambleton-Hill Publishing, 1993.
Readers will see a real-life application of measurement as they learn about size, height, and weight of animals around the world.

Books for Families

The Biggest Fish
Sheila Keenan
Scholastic, 1996.
Parents and children can discuss mathematics topics while reading this story-centered introduction to nonstandard measurement. The concepts in the book will help prepare children for customary measurement and comparison.

The Time Book
John Cassidy
Klutz Press, 1991.
A colorful quartz watch is attached to the front of this book, which can be used to answer the questions inside. Parents can help children with such time concepts as estimating, using the minute hand, and telling time to five-minute intervals.

Take Me to Your Liter: Science and Math Jokes
Science/Health Charles Keller
Pippin Press, 1991.
Families will get a laugh from these jokes and riddles about science and mathematics, for example, "What does a hungry math teacher like to eat? (a square meal)."

Reference Books for Teachers

Let's Talk Math: Encouraging Children to Explore Ideas
Pat Lilburn and Pam Rawson
Heinemann, 1994.
This book shows how to encourage students to use everyday language to explore ideas, discuss processes, and describe mathematics experiences. Group activities allow students to communicate in areas related to numbers, space, and measurement.

Mathematics Illustrated Dictionary: Facts, Figures, and People
Jeanne Bendick
Franklin Watts, 1989.
Teachers can use this dictionary of mathematics terms and concepts to combine study skills with measurement and other areas of math.

Measuring Up! Experiments, Puzzles, and Games Exploring Measurement
Sandra Markle
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1995.
Students will enjoy these brainteasers and activities that involve measuring distances, size, weight, quantity, and temperature.

Math World Literature

America the Beautiful: New Mexico
R. Conrad Stein
Children's Press, 1988

Enchantment of the World: Mexico
R. Conrad Stein
Children's Press, 1988

Maps & Globes
Jack Knowlton
Thommas Y. Crowell, 1985

Measuring Up: Experiments, Puzzles and Games Exploring Measurement
Sandra Markle
Maxwell Macmillan 1995

Mexico, Giant of the South
Eileen Latell Smith
Dillon Press, 1983

The Sun Rises and Other Questions About Time and Seasons
Brenda Walpole
Kingfisher, 1996


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