Our students who have intellectual disabilities represent a broad range of academic skills. Many such students are emergent readers and mathematicians who are working on pre-school or primary school-level concepts. With this in mind, let’s explore some pertinent research and resources related to math instruction.
Existing research indicates that teaching basic math skills in the context of shared storybook reading can lead to a significant increase in total mathematic ability. Learning new skills while reading a story is not only engaging, but it allows students to make connections to content.
A quick Google search discovers a number of related resources to explore:
Teacher Hub gives a great overview of combining children’s literature and math.
Proud to Be Primary offers a list of storybooks that relate to specific math concepts.
Math Geek Mama shares five effective ways to teach math using storybooks.