The Algebraic Thinking section of Exploring
Math through Literature contains 19 articles from NCTM’s Teaching Children Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, along with downloadable
lesson plans and activity sheets.
For all of
these articles, at least one of the lesson plans is related to specific
standards within the Operations and Algebraic Thinking domain of the Common
Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Most of the lesson plans are also
related to one or more other CCSSM domains.
plan provides a suggested grade band for that particular lesson, such as
“K–Grade 2” or “Grades 3–5.” Teachers are encouraged, however, to explore the
mathematical topics within the lesson, the tasks in any accompanying activity,
and the particular works of children’s literature the lesson engages with in
order to determine which articles and lessons are the best fit for their