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Stories and Sums: Connecting Number Sense to Children’s Literature

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Date: Friday, July 26, 2013

Course #: W728

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

Cost: $90

Credit Available: 0.3 CEUs; 3 CPDUs


Big ideas in math come to life as teachers explore the connection to reading exceptional stories involving math concepts. Integrating children’s literature with math brings meaning to children through helping them realize the variety of real-life situations where math is used. In this workshop, participants are encouraged to participate in modeling lessons in number sense, numbers and operations, data collection, algebraic thinking, geometry, and measurement, while also exploring math in various pieces of children’s literature, including The Very Greedy Triangle, Inch by Inch, and Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes. Mathematical concepts are all around us—this workshop helps to awaken professionals to become alive to the possibilities.


Veronica Castro, M.A.

Veronica Castro, M.A., earned her master's degree in early childhood education from Erikson Institute. After teaching for 8 years in different capacities in bilingual classrooms ranging from pre-K to third grade, she transitioned to working with early childhood teachers. Castro worked for two years as a math coach with the Erikson Early Math Collaborative. She currently works as a coach with the Collaborative on the federally funded Innovations Project.

Abby Kail, M.A.

Abby Kail, M.A., earned her master's degree from Northwestern University. Kail taught second grade for fourteen years and served as the Flexible Math Enrichment teacher at Avoca West, teaching gifted math and reading. Currently, Kail works as a math coach with the Erikson Early Math Collaborative, working on a special grant with the Chicago Public Schools. Kail has twice been nominated for Golden Apple teaching awards for her work in the classroom helping students grow, build their self-esteem, challenge students to their potential, and have fun while learning.

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