Bridges Blog Archive for Children's Literature

Organizing & Interpreting Data in Kindergarten

Organizing & Interpreting Data in KindergartenOur K team has put together some collaborative monthly practice activities to sort, represent, and interpret data. We’ve found students who revisit these skills have the confidence and understanding to interpret and explain data on a bar graph.

EPIC Online Library

Are you acquainted with EPIC? It’s an online library with over 10,000 children’s books, free for educators. The extensive collection includes math books, both story and concept based. For example, eight of the Sir Cumference series by Cindy Neuschwander are included.




New Looks for the Sea Star Quilt

In Unit 2, Sessions 12-14, first graders make a sea star quilt to focus on counting by 5s and 10s. This engaging project helps students become more efficient at counting numbers larger than 10. It also gives them opportunity to discuss the relationship between triangles and squares as well as to represent fractions as halves and fourths of a square. The quilt has an unexpected bonus: its versatility to connect to other curriculum.

Math in Children's Literature

Children's literature is a regular part of our math class. For my students, the math-literature connection provides an endless source of humor and intrigue as well as opportunities to problem solve and make connections to mathematical concepts. Recently, my class has been exploring multi-digit multiplication using arrays to model partial products in preparation for building procedural fluency with the traditional algorithm.

Creative Resources Explore the Coordinate Plane

Fifth grade Common Core State Standards asks students to "Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems." [CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2] With a large number of resources available to creatively explore the coordinate plane, you'll have no problem finding some ideas to add to student und

Children's Book Explores Question of Infinity

In the days before Buzz Lightyear ("Infinity and beyond!") I rarely heard children use the word "infinity." But nowadays, it's commonplace to hear the term uttered by students, right down to the youngest kindergarteners. What do students think of when they consider infinity?

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