Jo Worster

The following books can be used to introduce this
concept, to generate discussion, to have children
explore and/or to identify various shapes:
The following books avoid using degrees to measure
angles. Rather, they contain activities which relate to
the size of angles. Teacher-directed activities with
these books is much more effective than simply putting
them in learning centers.
Use this book along with sets of tangram pieces.
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The purpose of this article is to identify some books
which could be used with your class. The books, all
related to the geometry strand, include ideas which can
be applied in patterning activities with students. They
are all available through the provincial library.

This list is not exhaustive. If you have some favorite
literature that you use, please let us know.

At the conclusion of the article some excellent
reference books have been listed. These will give you
further ideas on integrating literature into your math
lessons.
**Concept of Shape**

Brown, Marcia. (1979).
__Listen to a Shape__.
Franklin Watts.
Carle, Eric. (1974).
__My Very First Book of
Shapes__. Thomas Y. Crowell.
Carle, Eric. (1992).
__Draw me a Star__.
Philomel Books.
Ehlert, Lois. (1989).
__Color Zoo__. J. B.
Lippincott.
Emberley, Ed. (1961).
__The Wing on a Flea__.
Little, Brown & Company.
Grifalconi, Ann. (1986).
__The Village of
Round and Square Houses__. Little, Brown.
Hoban, Tana. (1973).
__Over, Under, and
Through and other Spatial Concepts__.
Macmillan Publishing.
Hoban, Tana. (1974).
__Circles, Triangles,
Squares__. Macmillan Publishing.
Hoban, Tana. (1983).
__Round and Round and
Round__. Greenwillow Books.
Hoban, Tana. (1986).
__Shapes, Shapes,
Shapes__. __ __Greenwillow Books.
Isaacson, Philip. (1988).
__Round Buildings,
Square Buildings and Buildings That Wiggle
Like a Fish__. Knopf.
MacKinnon, D. & Sieveking, A. (1992).
__What Shape? Dial Books for Young Readers__.
Pluckrose, Henry. (1986).
__Shape__. Franklin
Watts.
Reiss, John J. (1974).
__ Shapes__. Bradbury
Press Inc.
Rogers, Paul. (1989).
__The Shapes Game__.
Doubleday Canada Limited.
Seuss, Dr. (1973).
__The Shape of Me and
Other Stuff__. Beginner Books.**Concept of Angles**

Froman, Robert. (1976).
__Angles are as easy
as Pie__. Thomas Y. Crowell.
Phillips, Jo. (1972).
__Right Angles__. Crowell
Junior Books.**Geometry through Paper Folding**

Araki, Chiyo. (1965).
__Origami in the__
__Classroom, Book 1.__ Charles E. Tuttle.
Araki, Chiyo. (1968).
__Origami in the__
__Classroom, Book 2__. Charles E. Tuttle.
Ayture-Scheele, Zulal. (1986).
__The Great
Origami Book__. Sterling Publishing Co.
Phillips, Jo. (1972).
__Right Angles__. Crowell
Junior Books.
Sakata, Hideki. (1984).
__Origami__. Japan
Publication U.S.A.
Saunders, Richard & Mackness, Brian. (199).
__Horrorgami! Spooky Paper folding Just for
Fun__. Sterling Publishing Co.
Simon, Seymour. (1974).
__The Paper
Airplane Book__. The Viking Press.
Small, David. (1987).
__Paper John__. Farrar,
Straus and Giroux.**Concept of Perimeter and Area**

Srivastava, Jane. (1970).
__Area__. Crowell.

Tompert, Ann. (1990).
__Grandfather Tang's__
__Story__. Crown Publishers, Inc.**Concept of Circle, Ellipse, and Spiral**

Charosh, Mannis. (1971).
__The Ellipse__.
Thomas Y. Crowell.
de Paola, Tomie. (1978).
__Pancakes for
Breakfast__. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Emberley, Ed. (1984).
__Picture Pie__. Little,
Brown & Company.
Orii, Eiji & Orii, Masako. (1989).
__Simple
Science Experiments with Circles__. Gareth
Stevens.
Ross, Catherine. (1992).
__Circles__. Kids Can
Press Ltd.
Sitomer, Mindel and Harry. (1974).
__Spirals__.
Thomas Y. Crowell Company.**Concept of Topology**

Adler, David. (1975).
__Three-D, Two-D, One-D__. Thomas Y. Crowell.
Froman, Robert. (1972).
__Rubber Bands,
Baseballs, and Doughnuts__. Thomas Y.
Crowell.**Other Geometry books which teachers can use with their students:**

Baum, Arline & Baum, Joseph. (1987).
__Opt:
An Illusionary Tale__. Viking Kestrel.
Charosh, Mannis. (1972).
__Straight Lines,
Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines__. Thomas
Y. Crowell.
Ernst, Lisa Campbell. (1983).
__Sam Johnson
and the Blue Ribbon Quilt__. Lothrop, Lee &
Shepard Books.
Jonas, Ann. (1987).
__Reflections__.
Greenwillow Books.
Macaulay, David. (1975).
__Pyramid__.
Houghton Mifflin.
Ross, Catherine. (1994).
__Triangles - Shapes
in Math, Science and Nature__. Kids Can Press
Ltd.
Sitomer, Mindel and Harry. (1970).
__What is
Symmetry?__ Thomas Y. Crowell Company.
Wilson, Forrest. (1968).
__Architecture: A
Book of Projects For Young Adults__.
Reinhold.**Reference Books**

Bresser, Rusty. (1995).
__Math and Literature
(Grades 4-6)__. Math Solutions Publications.
Burns, Marilyn. (1992).
__Math and Literature
(K-3). Book One__. Math Solutions
Publications.
Sheffield, Stephanie. (1995).
__Math and
Literature (K-3). Book Two__. Math Solutions
Publications.
Thiessen, D & Matthias, M. (Editors).
(1992).
__The Wonderful World of
Mathematics__. National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics.
Tischler, Rosamond Welchman. (1992).
__How
to Use Children's Literature to Teach
Mathematics__. National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics.
Whitin, D. & Wilde, S. (1992).
__Read Any
Good Math Lately?__ Heinemann.

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