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A Guide to Math Picture Books in the Classroom

If you're an elementary teacher, you've probably seen these two kinds of students in your classroom: Students who understand and enjoy math. Students who are frustrated by math because they don't understand it. It's your job to help those in the second group find their way into the first group. Luckily, picture books about math can really help. The 'Why' of Math Picture Books It's human nature to enjoy stories. By relating to a character who feels the way they do, students can gain the confidence to move through their own challenges--both in and outside the classroom. Even more importantly, there's a tangible link between reading and math. It stands to reason that doing one can help the other. When teachers use picture books containing math themes (either implicit or explicit), they offer students a contextualized experience with mathematics generally. Plus, a good story can comfort the heart of any student who's afraid of math.
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Memorize Your Times Tables, Dear

Six in every ten Americans report having difficulty solving some type of math, and 30 percent of Americans say they would rather clean the bathroom than solve a math problem. Yet 93 percent of Americans say that developing good math skills is crucial to having a successful life. So why would anyone dislike something that brings success? Most Americans develop their attitudes about math from others. For example, if parents don't enjoy math, they may pass that attitude forward to children. Perhaps parents or teachers nag too much. "Memorize your times tables!" they might say, "Work harder!" Or, perhaps nagging isn't to blame. Maybe students feel inadequate during math class because they're just missing out on some key fundamentals. Whatever the reasons, no one can really deny the importance of mathematics. Math is important in everyday life!
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