Teaching math to students who are not as engaged as you would like them to be can be difficult. While a sheet of problems may not be as appealing to your student as a phone or laptop , a clever book may be just what you need to get him back on track. Whether you are teaching younger or older children, these top three math books can help.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic children's book beloved by both kids and parents. While its simple plot and beautiful illustrations make this book a great pick for a laid-back story time, it can also help children learn about counting. As you read this book with a young student, take time to look at the pictures and discuss what the caterpillar is eating. Children can count along with the caterpillar and see visual representations of each quantity. When the book is done, a corresponding card game gives kids a hands-on way to count along with the caterpillar's daily diet.
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Math Curse is a picture book that manages to be both wacky and educational. The plot revolves around a student whose life turns into a series of complicated math problems after being hit by a 'math curse.' Students are encouraged to solve problems along with the narrator, exposing them to concepts related to algebra, probability, and statistics. The book also addresses problems relating to arithmetic, fractions, and money, so this book is suitable for both older and younger students. The narrator's problems include a hefty dose of humour and wackiness, helping to keep even reluctant learners engaged in the story.
The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang and Harry Briggs
No two students learn math the same way. The Grapes of Math is a great read for children who could benefit from a different approach to mathematics education. This book presents students with the idea of using pattern recognition to help aid in basic arithmetic. Each page presents a new math problem accompanied by rhyming instructions on how best to solve it. Work through a few problems with your students and then check the back of the book for the answer and an explanation of how each problem works. Finally, each page contains colourful illustrations to help students come to the correct answer, which makes for an engaging alternative to many conventional math teaching methods.