For those out there wanting to bring math into their language arts classroom, or poetry into the math classroom, here are a couple of picture books to get you started on a cross-curricular adventure! And be sure to have fun pairing poetry with math!
This collection of poems (written by various authors) offers a variety of math concepts and language all accompanied by bright, colorful illustrations that celebrate diversity. This book would be helpful in many grade levels, from 1st through 6th, depending on the math concept and focus of study. Topics include counting, measuring, time, division, fractions, multiplication, long division, and others. One of my favorites is “Fractions” by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
“Broken number pieces
Teachers will enjoy using the poems with their students as one more element of creative writing in their math curriculum – encouraging students to demonstrate their knowledge of math through writing and helping students build their understanding of difficult concepts.
Vibrant pictures, creative math problems, engaging language, and a girl who encounters animals and the wonders of nature as she explores the seasons – and math – and poetry – all together! An excellent resource for middle level elementary students (perhaps 3rd-6th grades, depending on focus and concepts). This book combines language, math concepts, the seasons, and beautiful artwork. The poems work with the illustrations to bring the concept together. This book is especially helpful in working with visual learners who are eager to use their creativity and artistic talents to express a math concept. Some of my favorites are
- maple leaves + puddle = crimson ships
- holes + nuts – nuts = squirrel hide & seek
- tulips x daffodils = spring garden
Other math equations use graphs, long division, multiplication, addition, subtraction and more. I hesitate to include the poems without the illustrations because they are so beautiful and integral to the poems. You will definitely want to check this book out for your math lessons!
Just for fun, be sure to check out Mr. R’s World of Math and Science – Math Poems where you will find an amazing array of math poems on a variety of topics for elementary math teachers (and a few science poems as well!).
Have you tried math and poetry together in your classroom? I’d love to hear more math and poetry adventures – always looking for another good poem! Please share!