Does anyone have any ideas for children's literature that could be used to teach grade 3 mental math?
Grapes of Math, by Greg Tang is my favorite! It really challenges students to see problems in different ways, some which are much easier to do mentally than others.
"Math Curse" by Jon Scieszka is fun (but gets a little ridiculous, beyond mental math)
Anno's Magic Seed, by M. Anno
One Grain of Rice, by Demi - both of these books are great, but again, the numbers get really big very quickly.
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This one is fun, especially if you have some dinosaur fans!
I agree with Lisa, Math Curse is fun! As for leaning multiplication as mental math, there is an awesome CD of songs that helps my students. It is called Multiplication (there is more to the title, I'm sorry I don't have it in front of me) and the publisher of the CD is a company called Melody House. I bought it on Amazon after seeing a teacher here on Teaching Channel use it with her third graders and it looked like so much fun! The kids were engaged and learning, which was awesome to see! My students now know all of their times tables by heart! I didn't think it could happen that quickly, working in an urban, low income district with minimal parent involvement but the kids love singing and practicing the songs.
Here is the link! Sorry it is not really literature, but it's still a resource that helps!
Even though it is not literature, the best thing I have found to teach mental math is number talks. They really work! It gets kids sharing their thinking which is hard to do. Sandi
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