Geometry and literature

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Geometry and literature

    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

     Information Literacy-

    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


    Content Categories

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. ;

    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.

    (E TOM)

    ; The Greedy Triangle/ Marilyn Burns. New York: Scholastic, c1994. ; I Spy Shapes in Art/ Lucy Micklethwait. New York: Greenwillow Books, c2004.

    (E MIC)

    ; Museum Shapes/ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York: Little,

    Brown, c2995.

    ; 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



    ; Astro-logix

    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.

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