In the last decade, many elementary teachers have advocated a holistic approach to education. Teachers use thematic units to incorporate reading and writing into all areas of the curriculum. However, teachers have often continued to teach mathematics in isolation. Traditionally, the math program consisted of instruction in finding answers to textbook math problems and memorizing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Except for learning to count money or tell time, math seemed to have little application for children in daily life. The majority of the math curriculum was made up of skills, but the language for understanding mathematics was neglected. One way to integrate mathematics into other curriculum areas and help learners become "active constructors of mathematical knowledge is through literature" (Whitin and Wilde, 1992). In an effort to enhance my first grade math program, I searched for authentic ways to incorporate literature. In this paper, I will share what I have learned.
Lightsey, G. E. (1996). Using Literature to Build First Grade Math Concepts. Reading Horizons, 36 (5). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol36/iss5/4