math and literature

Time and Money Picture Books for Teaching Math

Time and money picture books are so very helpful to teach difficult math concepts to children. These fun books will keep everyone inspired to learn! Did you know that time and money are forms of measurement? Yes! The minutes and hours that tick by on a clock are a standard way to measure time, as…

Standard Measurement with Play Dough

This hands-on, literature-based math activity will help your younger students concretely understand the concept of standard measurement. Target Age Range: K-2 Skills Covered: non-standard measurement, standard measurement, making comparisons, fine motor skills, reading Understanding measurement doesn’t have to be hard for little ones. In fact, teaching it early with concrete materials builds an in-depth understanding that…

Ultimate Guide to Living Math Activities

I’ve been touting the benefits of living math for quite some time now.  Why?  Because living math makes sense to kids.  It builds concrete understanding of abstract concepts.  It touches real-life, giving math meaning and purpose.  And, it’s fun! This post contains affiliate links. To make your life (and mine) easier, I decided to pull…

Living Math: The Ultimate Resource

You have heard me talk about living math over and over. I thought it was high time to organize all my living math resources for you in one convenient “table of contents” of sorts. Start Here If you’re new to the concept of living math or need some help refining your definition/vision, this post should…

The King’s Chessboard: The Power of Doubling

Target Age Range: 4th-8th Skills Covered: reading, addition/multiplication, calculator skills, problem solving, charting data (This post contains affiliate links and links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) The King’s Chessboard by David Birch is a fantastic book – both for math and character training.  In it, the king foolishly agrees to doubling a gift…

One Grain of Rice Math Activity

(This post contains affiliate links and links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) The Book Have you ever read One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi?  Not only is it great literature, there is a fantastic moral to the story – and a mathematical component that makes for a fun living math…