November 9: “Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving”

I think this is the first post that I have written for math and art teachers! So, welcome to all art teachers who are reading this blog!

I hope every elementary teacher reads today’s celebrated book, Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving, by Greg Tang. If you appreciate art and math education, then I promise you that this book will be a favorite of yours. Tang uses famous artwork by artists such as Picasso, Monet, Warhol, and Van Gogh, to pose problems that need to be solved. Then, in his poetic ways, Tang explains how to group numbers and find solutions to common addition math problems.

Teachers can use this book in multiple ways. Maybe you want to introduce famous works of art, or perhaps you want to reinforce commutative and associative number properties. Then again, you might just want to bring this book out while taking a quick mental break from all of the number crunching your students are doing in class! This masterpiece of children’s literature can be read cover-to-cover, or you can focus on one page at a time. And the best part? Solutions to all of the problem-solving questions are in the back of the book for parents and teachers!

I had not heard of Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving prior to writing about Picture Book Month, but I am so happy that I found this book so I can share it with my students and with you all.

Tang, Greg. Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving. Illustrated by Greg Paprocki. Scholastic Press, New York. 2003.

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