Literature and Mathematics

An investigation into how literature is used in classrooms to teach mathematical topics discovered:

Eight ways literature is used to facilitate the learning of mathematics. Below each example is presented with a brief explanation and examples of books for each use.

1. A mathematical problem is presented as part of the plot.

2. Stimulate mathematical exploration.

3. Model a mathematical creative experience.

4. Relate mathematics to a theme of study.

5. Use to introduce a mathematical activity.

6. Use to create mathematical problems related to the text

7. Provide mathematical knowledge about the world.

8. Provide a context for mathematical assessment.

 

Literature lists

 

Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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