Teaching and Learning Strategies
Mathematics--Poetry; Mathematics--Study and teaching (Elementary);
Sixty poems focusing on elementary mathematics topics such as matching, classification, sequencing, counting, addition, subtraction, place value, decimals, multiplication, division, fractions, estimation, probability, patterns, shapes, symmetry, triangles, circles, polygons, angles, Venn diagrams, bar graphs, money, time, and measurement, are presented in this document. Poems display a variety of formats including acrostic, haiku, limerick, and rhyming verse. Each contains mathematical facts about the topic. Preservice teachers enrolled in .a mathematics education course wrote the majority of poems. Poems may be used in a enrich elementary student learning and as models for other preservice teachers who may use poetry writing to review, make connections, and discover concept for which they have unclear understandings. Preservice teachers who wrote poetry in the first editor's class reported that the experience helped them develop more positive feelings about mathematics. (Author)
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
©2003 Audrey C. Rule and Jennifer Kagan
Rule, Audrey C. and Kagan, J., "Poetry for Teaching Elementary Mathematics Topics" (2003). Open Educational Resources. 303.