Bookworm for Kids

Math & Literature for Kindergarten–1st Grade

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 Kindergarten–1st Grade. (other grades)

Math and Literature
Grades K-1

by Marilyn Burns & Stephanie Sheffield
Teacher’s Guide
The Button Box
by Margarette S. Reid
An imaginative boy likes playing with his grandmother’s button collection.
Activity: sorting, counting, describing, comparing
Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
“Band-Aids” tells of an overzealous application.
Activity: creating number sentences

A Pig is Big
by Douglas Florian
A pig is big, what is bigger?
Activity: making books of things bigger or smaller than a pig
Ten Flashing Fireflies
by Philemon Sturges
Two children capture 10 fireflies and then release them one by one.
Activity: number sentences for combinations of 10
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?
Inch by Inch
by Leo Lionni
The story of an inchworm who can measure anything.
Activity: exploration of inches and linear measurement
One Monday Morning
by Uri Shulevitz
The royal family comes to visit a small boy.
Activity: counting, creating concrete graph
Cats Add Up!
by Dianne Ochiltree
A young girl keeps adopting cats until she has ten.
Activity: addition and subtraction
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
Rooster’s Off to See the World
by Eric Carle
Rooster sets off on a journey, gathering friends along the way.
Activity: figuring out how many animals in all
Ready or Not, Here I Come!
by Teddy Slater
A game of Hide-and-Seek features various ways to count to 100.
Activity: counting to 100 by ones, fives, tens, and twenties
Benny’s Pennies
by Pat Brisson
A boy has 5 pennies and wants to spend them all.
Activity: counting and handling money
Quack and Count
by Keith Baker
Seven ducklings in many different groupings.
Activity: creating and illustrating number sentences to show the sum of seven
Two Two of Everything
by Lily Toy Hong
Chinese folktale about a magic doubling pot.
Activity: doubling numbers
Who Sank the Boat?
by Pamela Allen
Five animals squash into a boat.
Activity: using Cuisenaire rods to visualize combinations of five
The Shape of Things
by Dayle Ann Dodds
Shows how circles, squares, and triangles are parts of everyday things.
Activity: identifying and naming shapes
Ten Sly Piranhas
by William Wise
Ten piranhas disappear one at a time; a counting book in reverse.
Activity: writing subtraction number sentences
12 Ways
12 Ways to Get to 11
by Eve Merriam
Different objects are combined in different ways to make groups of 11.
Activity: finding combinations that total 11
When a Line Bends…a Shape Begins
by Rhonda Gowler Greene
Rhymes and a bending line illustrate 10 different shapes.
Activity: making shapes from pipe cleaners
Let’s Go Visiting
by Sue Williams
A child and his dog visit various animals.
Activity: addition
Ten Dot
Ten Black Dots
by Donald Crews
Dots and rhymes illustrate everyday objects.
Activity: making a similar book and creating a problem-solving activity
Pattern Fish
Pattern Fish
by Trudy Harris
Humorous rhymes about sea creatures with repeating patterns.
Activity: searching for patterns
The Napping House
by Audrey Wood
A napping granny is joined by a child and several animals.
Activity: problem-solving with multiple answers