Bookworm for Kids

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. (other 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
Two Ways to Count to Ten
by Ruby Dee
Sometimes the cleverest animal wins the prize.
Activity: investigating number patterns
Little House
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
Three Hat
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 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
Friends 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 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
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