Date Approved

6-30-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie E.

Subject(s)

Mathematics in literature; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

This study is a qualitative study that explores what happens when children's literature is integrated into the teaching of mathematics. The subjects for this study are five fourth and fifth grade students in a resource room located in a southern New Jersey elementary school. For this study, students participated in a math unit using children's literature to teach fractions and probability. Data collected includes student response journals, observations of students, student work, and my teacher research journal. This data is analyzed utilizing the qualitative approach, where themes are identified and linked back to the initial question. The findings reveal many benefits to integrating children's literature and mathematics. The students are able to make connections to their own lives through the stories that they read and feel motivated to learn while participating in the math lessons.

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