Using Literature to Teach Measurement


  • William P. Bintz,

  • Sara D. Moore,

  • Pam Wright,

  • Lyndsie Dempsey


This article reports on one instructional lesson that integrates literacy and mathematics. Specifically, it describes a lesson conducted in a fourth-grade classroom that integrates reading, writing, drawing, and literature to teach linear measurement to the inch and fractional measurement. The article begins with a rationale for integrating literacy and mathematics and shares a collection of literature that is based on major mathematical content strands according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Then, the authors describe research that supports using literature to teach measurement and identify mathematics and literacy standards that are embedded in this lesson, describe materials and procedures used, and share samples of student work that resulted. The article ends with lessons learned from the experience.