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April 2005, Volume 10, Issue 8

FEATURES

Every Story Tells a Picture
John Maus
A connection between literature and mathematics through a story-graphing project. Students learn how to transfer ideas from story graphs to make them mathematical in nature. Teachers will learn how to teach students this skill and to implement it in the classroom.

John Henry - The Steel Driving Man
David Murphy, Laura Gulley
The story of John Henry provided the setting for sixth-grade class to participate in a John Henry Day of mathematics experiments. The students collected data from experiments where students competed against machines and technology. The student analyzed the data by comparing two box plots, a box plot of human data, and a box plot of machine or technology data.

Poetry in Motion: Using Shel Silverstein's Works to Engage Students in Mathematics
Jennifer Bay-Williams
Four Shel Silverstein works and how they can be used to launch mathematics investigations across the curriculum. Different activities that involve literature and mathematics are showcased so that teachers may implement these activities in the classroom.

The Power of Two: Linking Mathematics and Literature
Ron Zambo
A series of mathematics activities based on the book One Grain of Rice. Multiple mathematical explorations are discussed with activities that can be implemented in the classroom, integrating many subject areas.

Harry Potter and the Magic of Mathematics
Betsy McShea, Judith Vogel, Maureen Yarnevich
How teachers can use the Harry Potter book series to teach linear modeling and probability to their students. Different activities focusing on different mathematical concepts are discussed and can be used in the middle grades classroom.

Making a Million Meaningful
Kim Ellett
A variety of activities that can be used with middle school students to investigate the size of the number 1,000,000. The activities focus on real-life applications of mathematical proportions.

You Read Me a Story, I Will Read You a Pattern
Charyl Pace
A unit for seventh-grade students, using children's literature to teach visual, auditory, and algebraic patterns. Teachers will learn to use a variety of literature materials to introduce different kinds of patterns and thus, different kinds of mathematics.