# Who's on First?

Integrating curriculum is easy when it comes to math and literature. There are so many wonderful books available that cannot only enlighten students in literacy but strengthen math skills as well. Using literature is one of the easiest ways to teach students the use of ordinal numbers. We are constantly asking our students, “What happened first in the story?” As Marilyn Burns,the creator and founder of Math Solutions Professional Development says,“Evidence shows that teaching math through children’s books motivates children to learn math in exciting new ways, encourages students to think and reason mathematically and builds students’ appreciation for math and literature." Many literature books today are written with an emphasis on mathematics. Teachers need to build a library of literature books with a mathematical connection. Using literature is a way to engage students in learning mathematics. It helps students understand that mathematics is connected to the real world and can solve real world problems. Various activities help kindergarteners understand and use simple ordinal numbers. This is a comprehensive lesson for ordinal numbers that utilizes trade books.

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