I love a good story, whether it is from a friend, my pastor, a comedian, a book, an article, etc. A good story just sticks with me. I can recall it much easier than other information I hear or read.
My students love a good story too. It is important for me to help my students make real world connections with the math they are learning. One way I do this is by sharing personal stories and incorporating math literature in my lessons.
For example, when introducing bar graphs, I love using Stuart J. Murphy’s book Lemonade for Sale. In his book, a group of friends setup a lemonade stand to raise money to fix their clubhouse. They keep track of their sales on a bar graph.
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