Geometry and Literature
Name: Jean N. Timko
Partnership members: Mary Ireton and Jean Timko
School/City: Sacred Heart School, Fairfield, Ohio
Workshop Location: Cincinnati Art Museum
Grade Level(s)/ Intended Audience: Grade 2
Curriculum/ Subject Areas: Library
Ohio Academic Content Standards: K-12 Guidelines Library
Benchmark C - Understand that library books and materials are housed in
specific areas of the library media center.
Benchmark D – Read and listen to stories for schoolwork and personal
Benchmark E – Understand what information is and use a process to find
Technology Literacy –
Benchmark A. – Effective school library programs provide technology
literacy skill instruction in the use of library-based technologies.
Benchmark B – Apply basic Internet browser and navigation skills to
search for information on the Internet.
Specific Topic with Explanation: This pathfinder will provide second grade students with resources and information on geometric shapes that are found in children’s literature. It will extend a unit of geometric shapes in the second grade curriculum by providing
additional literary resources.
Subject Headings: Geometry and literature, Geometry, Shapes, Triangles, Circles, Squares, Mathematics-Study and teaching (Elementary), Children’s literature in
Museum Web Sites (for Students)
Challenge your students with a tangram puzzle.
This is one of the fastest growing and most popular sites for math education in the
This popular site contains fun sites for kids on a rotating basis- use search option
for subject searching.
This site includes instructions for creating a collage using geometric shapes.
Museum Web Sites (for Teachers)
This noisy, colorful and completely unusual site is an eclectic mix of sound,
science, and Incan history intended to interest students in Euclidean geometry. ; http://www.aimsedu.org/Puzzle/index.html
This site contains puzzles to support the math (and science) state curriculum
standards of some states including Ohio.
This site contains teacher resources and teacher professional development
programming across the curriculum.
The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature enhances visual and
verbal literacy by celebrating the best original art published in children’s literature
Books (Non-fiction and Fiction)
; Artful Reading/ Bob Raczka. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press, c2008. (700 RAC) ; Changes, Changes/ Pat Hutchins. New York: Aladdin Books, 1987, c1971. (E
; Cubes, Cones, Cylinders & Spheres/ Tana Hoban. New York: Greenwillow
Books, c2000. (E HOB)
; Grandfather Tang’s Story/ Ann Tompert. New York: Crown Publishers, c1990.
; The Greedy Triangle/ Marilyn Burns. New York: Scholastic, c1994. ; I Spy Shapes in Art/ Lucy Micklethwait. New York: Greenwillow Books, c2004.
; Museum Shapes/ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York: Little,
; Opt: an illusionary tale/ Arline Baum. New York: Viking Kestral, c1987. (152.1
; Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure/ Cindy
Neuschwander. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, c2003. (516 NEU) ; So Many Circles, So Many Squares/ Tana Hoban. New York: Greenwillow
Books, c1998. (516 HOB)
; Shape Up!/ David A. Adler. New York: Holiday House, c1998. (516 ADL)
Reference and/or Professional Resources
; Geometry and Spatial Sense/ John Del Grande, et al. Reston, Va.: NCTM, c1993.
(PROF 372.7 DEL)
; Janice VanCleave’s Geometry for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make
Learning Geometry Fun/ Janice Pratt VanCleave. New York: Wiley & Sons,
c1994. (PROF 516 VAN)
; Math and Literature. Grades 2-3/ Marilyn Burns. Sausalito, CA: Math Solutions
Publications, c2004. (PROF 372.7 BUR)
; Teaching Math with Favorite Picture Books/ Judi Hechtman and Deborah
Ellermeyer. New York: Scholastic Professional Books, c1998. (PROF 513 HEC)
INFOhio Electronic Resources
Three lessons that correlate geometry with children’s literature.
Lots of lesson plans in reading and language arts instruction.
Media resources (Video, CD-Rom, DVD, etc.)
; The Patchwork Quilt (Reading Rainbow)
Grades K to 4; Color; Live Action: Closed-Captioned; Copyright 1985.
Award winning program by PBS.
; I Spy CD-ROM series
Grades Pre-K to 1; Color; Animated.
Travel through a series of search and find adventures while identifying basic
These are simple construction toys consisting of tubes and hubs that interlock to
form geometric shapes.
; Tangram blocks
Use these shape blocks to construct pictures using basic geometric shapes.