I can't wait to read about what everyone will be sharing! When I was teaching in an elementary building I used literature in math ALL the time. In fact, I wrote my masters level disseration on using literature texts in a mathematics setting. Hello... Common Core... maybe I was just ahead of my time. <hee hee> But I have found in the middle school sometimes this is more difficult to do. It's not for lack of books, but more a timing thing. With only 42 minutes everyday for math, I have a limited time to use the books. I'm changing my team siuation for next year, and with the change I'm working on a little more TIME for math. I'm hoping that I can incorporate more books like this one:
My Smarties loved this book during our unit on Multiplying Fractions. In this story it is 10 years after Rumpelstiltskin has spun gold and turned a poor maid into the queen. He returns to the kingdom to claim the queen's son. When she refuses, he uses his magic walking stick to multiply bad things within the kingdom (bugs, rats etc). The queen's son, Peter, agrees to go with Rumpelstiltskin. He learns the magic of the walking stick, and tricks Rumpel at his own game.
What is great about about this book is that the multiplication is not just by whole numbers. Peter figures out he must use a FRACTION to defeat Rumpel.. how cool is that for upper grades!
If you have a great Mentor Text for Math, head on over to see Amanda and Stacia, the Collaboration Cuties and link up a book that you use in your classroom.