Math & Literature for 2nd–3rd Grades

This series of classroom-tested lessons for incorporating literature in math lessons is published by Marilyn Burns’ Math Solutions. Below is the teacher’s manual with the lessons and the accompanying literature books for 2nd–3rd Grades.

 Math and Literature Grades 2-3 by Marilyn Burns & Stephanie Sheffield Teacher’s Guide Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni The story of an inchworm who can measure anything. Activity: estimating and measuring length by inches Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore Sid the cat convinces six different households to feed him dinner. Activity: How many dinners would Sid eat in a week? Two Ways to Count to Ten by Ruby Dee Sometimes the cleverest animal wins the prize. Activity: investigating number patterns Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder In chapter 10, Laura and Mary try to figure out how to share two cookies with Baby Carrie. Activity: dividing two cookies among three children One Gorilla by Atsuko Morozumi Counting book from 1-10. Activity: How many animals? The King’s Commissioners by Alison Friedman The advisors count the commissioners in several ways. Activity: groups of twos and fives and place value How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller Measuring with different feet causes confusion for the king and his bed-maker. Activity: problem-solving using measurement A Three Hat Day by Laura Geringer The lonely R.R. Pottle the Third wears three hats and finds love. Activity: problem solving with permutations The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street by Carol Losi Ants carry off a picnic in a doubling pattern. Activity: exploring doubles Stay in Line by Teddy Slater Twelve children on a field trip group in various ways. Activity: recording different ways to break the number 12 into equal groups
 Only One by Marc Harshman On each page, a group is contrasted with a single object: There may be a million stars, but only one ski. Activity: creating pages for class book of groups and single objects Ten Friends by Bruce Goldstone Rhymes and illustration suggest different ways to invite 10 friends to tea. Activity: writing number sentences to show combinations that equal 10 Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong Chinese folktale about a magic doubling pot. Activity: exploring doubles Pigs Will Be Pigs by Amy Axelrod The Pig family searches for enough money to feed the whole family. Activity: practice with value of money and adding money One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes Rhyming book about 100 ants marching in various arrays. Activity: experience with multiplication and division One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root Counting book from 1-10. Activity: How many animals came to help the duck? P. Bear’s New Year’s Party by Paul Owen Lewis Guests arrive on the hour by groups. Activity: How many guests? Night Noises by Mem Fox An old lady is awakened by guests arriving for a surprise birthday party. Activity: How many guests? What year was she born? The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns A triangle wants one more side and angle, and then one more, etc. Activity: exploring geometric shapes Centipede’s 100 Shoes by Tony Ross Centipede buys 100 shoes and then decides to sell them. Activity: verifying that Centipede really did sell all 100 shoes A Cloak for the Dreamer by Aileen Friedman A tailor and his sons use geometric shapes to fashion cloaks. Activity: using various geometric shapes to draw cloak patterns