## Description

*For future middle and high school classroom teachers as a text*

*For in-service teachers as a hands-on guide to improving their classroom instruction *

*Also a valuable resource for middle and high school media centers*

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**Using reading materials and real-life examples that capture and keep students’ attention, this book helps future and current educators enhance and enlighten students’ mathematics learning by incorporating a variety of texts into the math classroom and developing students’ literacy skills. **

“Math is everywhere,” say the authors of this practical guide that gives busy teachers the means to enhance students’ mathematics learning by incorporating a variety of texts into the day-to-day life of the math classroom. From its opening overview of the theory behind new strategies for teaching math to its practical, day-to-day, concrete assistance, the book helps teachers find and use engrossing ways to introduce math concepts through stories, developing and using hands-on activities to reinforce the concepts. Included are ready-to-use activities busy teachers can incorporate “as is” or adapt to fit their particular classrooms and their students’ individual needs.

The book draws on the experience of two diverse authors, each with their own perspectives on the topics, to give educators unique and varied solutions to the challenges of getting the concepts of mathematics across to their students. The authors communicate the theory behind teaching many varied subjects in mathematics through using literature and other reading materials as a tool, helping in-service teachers come up with lesson plans that enhance and enlighten students’ mathematics learning.

## Table of Contents

**Introduction**

Why This Book and Why These Authors

How to Use this Book

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**Section I: Mathematical Literacy**

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**Chapter 1. Exploring the Porous Boundary Between Doing Mathematics and Understanding Text**

Introduction to Mathematical Literacy

*Sidebar*: Notes on Standards of Practice Used in This Text

Tiny Children Love to Count—Where Do We Lose them?

One Text, Many Lessons in Math Literacy

* Co-teaching with Computer Educators to Enhance Word Analysis Assignments*

* Ordinal Numbers, Cardinal Numbers, Numerals, and Other Words Expressing Quantity*

* Geometry—The Shape of Things*

* A Question of Time*

* What’s the Likelihood of Finding Math in Your Pleasure Reading?*

Looking for Mathematical Text in Your Student’s World

* Classroom Discussion Questions for Artifacts*

* Helping Students Find Math in Unexpected Places*

Lesson Plan 1-1: Interested in Getting Rich? --An investigation of simple interest, compound interest, and exponential functions based on Artifacts

References

**Chapter 2. Reading Strategies: Making Meaning of Text**

Introduction

How Does Reading Mathematics Differ From Other Kinds of Reading?

How Can We Help Students Make Meaning From Mathematical Text?

* Prior Knowledge: An Experiment*

Using Reading Activities to Enhance Student Understanding

* Reading Guide: Alice in Wonderland*

Lesson Plan 2-1: The Universal Book of Mathematics Vocabulary Squares

Lesson Plan 2-2: Red Blazer Girls Multi-Column Journal

Bibliography

**Section II: Exploring Mathematical Text**

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**Chapter 3. Introduction—Fiction and Mathematical Literacy: Finding Universal Truths in Made-Up Stories**

Mathematics Is Everywhere, Even in Fairy Tales

* Comments from the Classroom by Alyson Lischka*

* Finding Math Where You Least Expect It by Mary Anna Evans*

Annotated Bibliographies - Fiction

* Fiction Recommended for Middle Grade Classes*

* Fiction Recommended for High School Classes*

Lesson Plan 3-1: The Wrong Ratio Can Be Deadly: An Investigation of Ratios based on *Effigies*

References

**Chapter 4. Nonfiction: The Place Where True Stories and Mathematics Intersect**

Introduction

Annotated Bibliography of Nonfiction Books Suitable for Middle and High School Classes

* Activity Books*

* Reference Books*

* Concept Books*

* Biographies*

* Using Technology to Explore Other Nonfiction Formats*

* *Textbox 1: One Blogger’s Perception of the Beauty of Math by Brent Yorgey

Annotated Bibliography of Mathematical Blogs

Nonfiction in the Math Classroom

Lesson Plan 4-1: “Grappling Over Grades” Anticipation Guide

Lesson Plan 4-2: *Archimedes* R.A.F.T.

References

**Chapter 5. Picture Books: Where Math, Text, and Illustrations Collide**

Introduction

*Textbox 1: Cindy Neuschwander and Sir Cumference*

* Textbox 2: Fibonacci in Nature by Sarah Campbell *

* Activity: Sketching (or Eating) Your Way Through the Text with The Lion’s Share*

Annotated Bibliography of Picture Books for the Middle and High School Grades

Lesson Plan 5-1 - Anticipation Guide for Reflections in Nature by Jane Yolen

References

**Section III: Literacy and Mathematics in the Culture**

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**Chapter 6. Poetry and Music: A Most Mathematical Approach to Words**

Poetry

* Math and Meter*

Music

Math as a Springboard to Verbal Creativity

* “Midsummer” by Mary Anna Evans*

* “the curvature of spacetime” by Johnny Masiulewicz*

Poetry for Poetry’s Sake

* Loving Words the Way Zero Loves One by Lola Haskins*

Activity 6-1: Poetry Counts

Activity 6-2: Fractions, Poetic Meter, and Spoken English

Activity 6-3: Relating Vibrational Frequency to Pitch with Ratios

Activity 6-4: Rhythm and Language—Bringing Poetry, Music, and Mathematics Together

Activity 6-5: Catenaries, Large and Small—Visual Calculus

References

**Chapter 7. Environmental Print: Math in Daily Life**

Definition of Environmental Print

Where to Find Environmental Print

Ideas for Using Environmental Print in Class

Level 1: Practicing Problems

Level 2: Constructing Knowledge About Problem Solving

Level 3: Thinking Critically About Mathematics and Literacy

*A Level 1 Example—Checking the Fine Print for Ways to Practice Mathematical Skills*

* A Level 1 Hands-On Activity: Find the Math in this Simulated Frequent Buyer Program*

* A Level 2 Example—Assembling Knowledge As It Pertains To Citizenship…The Impact of Polls on Elections*

*A Level 2 Hands-On Activity: A Poll Is Only As Good As The Questions Asked*

*A Level 3 Example—Think Critically About Research Studies: Do Statistics Lie?*

* A Level 3 Hands-On Activity: How Can Two Contradictory Studies Be True?*

So what? Using math to make people care

References

**Chapter 8. Mathematics and the Electronic Culture: Social Media, Gaming, and Reality Shows**

Introduction

A Word About Constant Change: How Will You Deal With It Over the Course of Your Career?

Social media

Games and Their Relationship to Math

* Simulation Games: The Algebra Connection*

* Arithmetic*

* Ratios and Rates*

* Linear Equations*

* Other opportunities to enhance literacy using computer gaming*

* Geometry in computer gaming*

Television Reality Shows

Conclusion

Lesson Plan 8-1: Tweets that Go On Forever and Ever…

Lesson Plan 8-2: What Can Reality Shows Teach Us About American Electoral Politics?

References

**Chapter 9. Conclusion**

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**Chapter 10. Appendices**

Appendix A: Selections from *Artifacts*

Appendix B: A Concordance of the Words Used in the Opening Passages of *Artifacts*, by Mary Anna Evans

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