Welcome to Exploring Math through Literature

Exploring Math through Literature, Pre-K–8 is an online teacher resource filled with lessons and activities that teach mathematical concepts while engaging students in a broad assortment of children’s literature, including picture books, stories, poetry, and novels. The lessons are based on journal articles from NCTM’s Teaching Children Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and each matching of math lesson and work of literature is aimed at a specified grade level. Younger students can count up the food intake in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, students in the middle grades can convert the magical money denominations of the Harry Potter stories, and older students can analyze the probabilities found in the world of The Hunger Games.

This resource includes more than 50 downloadable journal articles. Each article has one or more accompanying lesson plan (for a total of more than 100 lessons), and most include printable activity sheets for classroom use. Each article can be accessed through one or more of the eight mathematical topics on this page, ranging from Number & Operations to Functions. The lesson plans include materials lists and step-by-step classroom instructions, and they detail the Common Core domains and clusters, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice, that each lesson will incorporate.

You can view one article with all its accompanying materials for free by clicking on the “Sample Article” link. To purchase Exploring Math through Literature, Pre-K–8, go to its page at the NCTM online bookstore here. If you have already purchased this product, you can sign in at the top of the page.