Expanding Let’s Read Math in State College PA – Summer 2012


Candace Davison reported on Let’s Read Math summer activities in the State College Branch of AAUW. This summer, the branch organized three Let’s Read Math workshops for elementary-age children. The workshops were co-sponsored with the Schlow Library and Discovery Space children’s museum. Programs were held on June 12, June 19, and July 17. A total of 79 children participated, evenly divided
between girls and boys.

At the library, children heard a math-related story followed by a short interactive math activity. They received a free “pass” to the museum, about a block away. At Discovery Space, they met again and the lesson was further embellished through interactive hands-on activities.

The three featured books were:

Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert – Children learned about polygons and made tangram pictures.

How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller – Children made linear measurements of objects in the room, and discovered how the “foot” became a standard unit of measure.

One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by Ann Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre – Children counted the number of feet on different animals and made up number sentences.

The involvement of the museum is a new feature of the branch’s Let’s Read Math outreach. Last summer there were three sessions at the library, with about 50 students taking part. The featured books were The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns, How Much is 1000? by Helen Nolan, and Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy. Partnering with the museum was a new idea for 2012, and all agreed this was a positive experience with good results.

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