Bookworm for Kids

Math & Literature for 4th–6th 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 4th–6th Grades. (other grades)

Math and Literature: Grades 4–6
by Rusty Bresser
Teacher’s Guide

MarthaMartha Blah Blah
by Susan Meddaugh
Martha the dog begins to talk after eating alphabet soup. When some pasta letters disappear, Martha’s speech suffers.
Activity: analyzing frequency of use of letters, using probability and statistics
Magic Seeds Anno’s Magic Seeds
by Mitsumasa Anno
A wizard gives Jack two magic seeds. He plants some and saves some in changing patterns.
Activity: searching for patterns and predicting using patterns

Million FishA Million Fish…More or Less
by Pat Mckissack
A boy catches a million fish but loses some to hungry animals on his way home.
Activity: large numbers matched with things the number could and could not represent

Frank Counting on Frank
by Rod Clement
A boy makes endless calculations.
Activity: measurement problems using proportional reasoning

Grandfather Grandfather Tang’s Story
by Ann Tompert
Grandfather Tang illustrates his stories with tangram shapes.
Activity: making tangrams, investigating shapes, exploring area and measurement

ChessboardThe King’s Chessboard
by David Birch
A chessboard illustrates the power of doubling.
Activity: using measurement and multiplication

Two WaysTwo Ways to Count to Ten
by Ruby Dee
Sometimes the cleverest animal wins the prize.
Activity: finding factors

MarvelousMarvelous Math
by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Poems featuring the ways mathematics is part of our daily lives.
Activity: writing math poems

WarlordThe Warlord’s Puzzle
by Virginia Walton Pilegard
When a tile is broken into pieces, a competition is held to reassemble it.
Activity: using tangrams to make different polygons

One riddleOne Riddle, One Answer
by Lauren Thompson
A Persian princess asks her suitors to solve a mathematical riddle.
Activity: solving the riddle in the book, writing mathematical riddles

Esio Trot Esio Trot
by Roald Dahl
Mr. Hoppy convinces Mrs. Silver that her tortoise is growing by replacing it with 140 slightly larger ones.
Activity: How many trips would it take to bring the tortoises home 15 at a time? Ten at a time? Ten or 15 each time?
WhaleIs a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
by Robert E. Wells
Starting with the blue whale, this book cleverly compares sizes of things in our world.
Activity: measuring, finding averages, comparing lengths

OrangesEach Orange Had 8 Slices
by Paul Giganti Jr.
Each spread shows things grouped in three ways.
Activity: mental multiplication practice, writing multiplication story problems

Sam JohnsonSam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Sam starts his own quilting club when the women won’t let him join theirs.
Activity: making geometric paper quilts and writing quilt riddles
DayOn the Day You Were Born
by Debra Frasier
Colorful woodblocks present forces at work in the natural world.
Activity: figuring how many days have passed since you were born

by Chris Van Allsburg
Two children find a board game where dice rolls cause wild animals to appear.
Activity: exploring probability with dice

RemainderA Remainder of One
by Elinor J. Pinczes
A group of 25 ants try to line up in even rows with no remainder.
Activity: using division to solve number riddles, writing and solving number riddles

Man The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures
by Malba Tahan
“Beasts of Burden” tells of 3 brothers dividing 35 camels.
Activity: division and fractions

Math CurseMath Curse
by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
Hilarious story of a girl who is cursed by finding math problems in everything she does or sees.
Activity: writing math story problems

DollarThe $1.00 Word Riddle Book
by Marilyn Burns
Word values are computed by adding up the letters with a=1¢, b=2¢, etc.
Activity: addition practice by figuring the value of first and last names

JimJim and the Beanstalk
by Raymond Briggs
Jim measures the aging giant for glasses and false teeth.
Activity: using proportional illustrations to figure the size of the giant’s hand and his height

Anabelle Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner
by Amy Schwartz
Annabelle impresses her class by counting milk money.
Activity: How many cartons of milk in the book? How much to buy milk for our class?