Math Standards Support

Inspired by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance your math instruction.


Introduce, extend, and communicate mathematical concepts.

  • Empower readers and expand knowledge with resources for titles in the Math Collection.

  • Explore the Concept Book Collection to discover resources that model counting.

  • Make pictures, words, and math come together to tell a story with Stuart J. Murphy's Meet-the-Author Movie discussing his MathStart Series.

  • Delve into the hidden world of mathematicians with LeUyen Pham in her Meet-the-Author Recording for The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos.


Provide authentic exploration and problem solving opportunities to build mathematical knowledge.

  • Listen to the audiobook excerpt for Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly to learn how the US Government solved their workforce shortage during WWI.

  • Consider Cao Chongís process for finding the weight of an elephant while watching this complete book reading.

  • View the authorís book trailer for Millionaires for the Month to begin conversations about the importance of financial decisions.

  • Use multiple resource formats to engage readers and deepen mathematical understanding.

    • Access the lesson plan from MathStart for Jump, Kangaroo, Jump to model fractions as a division operation.
    • Listen to this audiobook excerpt for Math Curse to understand the value of time.

Use the language of mathematics to learn mathematical concepts.

  • Launch a research unit on size with the activity guide for Actual Size by Steve Jenkins.

  • Listen to Christopher Danielsonís Meet-the-Author Recording for Which One Doesn't Belong? to begin conversations about shapes and their relationships.

  • Encourage students to learn how binary numbers work in coding with the series activity guide for Secret Coders.

  • Watch Sarah Campellís book trailer for Growing Patterns to discover examples of the Fibonacci sequence in nature.


Engage all learners with resources that connect mathematical concepts to everyday situations.

  • Introduce the importance of saving money with the Meet-the-Author Recording for My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel.

  • Dig deeper into the New Deal and its impact on the economic health of the Key West community with the educatorís guide for Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm.

  • Teach academic vocabulary using resources like Google Preview, lesson plans, and vocabulary lists like these for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

  • Incorporate infographics into your curriculum with the teacher guide for Star Wars Super Graphic.


1. Referenced from "Principles, Standards, and Expectations." National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, http://www.nctm.org/Standards-and-Positions/Principles-and-Standards/Principles,-Standards,-and-Expectations/.