K-5 Math Read Alouds
Below is a compiled list of our favorite books to use in the classroom for specific Math topics of instruction. Children's literature helps students connect their knowledge, interests, and experiences to the mathematical content they learning to apply.
We will update this bookshelf each quarter to give you titles that will be relevant to the season and time of year in your classroom.
Using the popular conversation hearts allows the reader to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a variety of mathematical activities. The four basic operations, fractions, and ways to group are all discussed.
Emily’s First 100 Days of School
Emily eagerly anticipates the 100th day of school, feeling as though that it will never arrive. Not just about the number 100, this book emphasizes growth and change over time.
100 Days of School
A rhyming book that allows for the colorful celebration of the 100th day of school. Not just about counting to 100, this book also has the reader contemplate some combinations that make 100.
From One to One Hundred
An award-winning book that invites readers to locate objects and count from one to one hundred. Due to the visual presentation, combinations that compose certain numbers are also a strong discussion point.
The Great Graph Contest
Loreen Leedy (Measurement)
Toad and Lizard decide to have a contest to see who is the greatest graph maker. Several types of graphs are presented, along with how the reader might form graph displays of their own.
Millions, Billions, and Trillions
(Place Value and Operations)
Queries involving counting to a trillion and beyond are imaginatively presented in this text. Concrete examples allow the reader to visualize the magnitude and power of larger numbers.
How Big Is a Foot?
Rolf Myller (Measurement)
The King hopes to give the Queen the one thing that she doesn’t have for her birthday; a bed. As beds haven’t been invented yet, this task invites an extensive exploration of appropriateness of measure.
Using real world examples, a connection is made between fractions, decimals, and percents. It serves as an introduction to the topic, but also can be used to reinforce the concepts.
Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes Grace Maccarone (Geometry)
The Big Bad Wolf is on the trail of all three of the little pigs in this take on the classic story. Not only about the use of wits, tangram tiles play a huge role in foiling the wolf’s evil plans.