Maths picture story books are a great way to engage your learners in math lessons. They are fun and interesting, and help children learn math skills in a natural way. Storytelling is an important part of learning, and math stories are a great way to teach children mathematical concepts. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using math picture story books in the classroom, and provide some examples of excellent math story books that you can use!
Why Use Maths Pictures Story Books
Read your students a story and they will be instantly engaged, so why not put a Maths spin on it – teach your students Maths without them even knowing! Storytelling is a massive part of learning in the early years, and math stories are a great way to teach children mathematical concepts in the real world. There are many picture story books specifically designed to teach certain maths concepts, but also many stories you can bring maths into, by simply asking questions as you read. The use of Picture books in the classroom can help to create a love of learning in students, and they are an excellent way to introduce new concepts as well as revising previous topics. When used correctly, Picture books can be a powerful tool for teachers.
Maths Pictures Story Books as Lesson Warm Ups
Get your students excited about the lesson ahead with a maths picture story book! It’s the perfect way to review key concepts and get students engaged and motivated for the math lesson ahead. By starting with a story, you can capture your students’ attention and get them excited about the upcoming lesson. Throughout reading and asking questions, you can easily guage students current understanding of the topic through the discussion they are able to have. Reading books is one of my favourite warm-ups, you can calm the students down after a hectic recess of running around, and engage them in their Maths lesson at the same time!
Picture Story Books Connect Maths to the Real World
When students are able to see the maths they are learning in a real life context, it helps them to understand the concept and its importance. If you can find a math story book that is relevant to your students’ lives, it will help them to connect with the math concepts being taught and make the lesson more relatable. For example, the book Jump Kangaroo Jump is a fabulous book for teaching fractions and the link between making equal groups and fractions. The Kangaroos compete in different events for field day, just like our students do!
Review Old Concepts Through Reading Books
You can easily review old concepts that students may have forgotten, or struggled to understand the first time around, by reading math story books. By reading the story and asking questions along the way, you can help students to understand the concept in a different way, and provide them with a fresh perspective. Multiple exposures to the same concept means you are going to connect with more students and help them remember what it’s all about!
Pictures Story Books Appeal to All Students
Visual Leaners – check!
Auditory Learners – check!
Kinaesthetic Learners – oh absolutely!
Maths Picture Story Books are perfect for all types of learners, so there really is no excuse not to use them in your math lessons.
Are Picture Story Books Just For Our Little Learners?
No way! Picture story books are perfect for all learners, no matter their age. Older students particularly love math picture story books as they can see the real-world examples of the math being used. It is often difficult for them to make the connection between what they are learning in school and how it applies to their life outside of school. Greg Tang has some fantastic picture story books for our older learners!
Check out some more of my favourite Picture Story books in my blogposts.