Looking at worksheet pages of black numbers bores and frustrates the visual-spatial learner. While manipulatives work well for visual-spatial and kinesthetic learners, I have recently discovered some books that really help the visual-spatial learner. Here are two of them:
The Great Divide
by: Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Erin E. Hunter.
This book visually depicts simple division problems using groups of animals. While introducing your student to division, it also teaches collective noun names for various animal groups. The illustrations amazed me and the rhyme used on each page (in addition to teaching collective nouns) makes this a great cross-curricular teaching tool. In the back of the book are extra activities on collective nouns and on animals and geography. It provides a mini-lesson on terms such as equator, northern and southern hemisphere, and the continents. Additional mini-lessons on division and multiplication are in the back as well. The publishers have many other titles and activities on their web page — http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/.
A fifty-seven page printable activity guide to go along with the book is also available from the publisher — http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/documents/TeachingActivities/GreatDivide_TA.pdf. Click on the cover image on this page to go to the publishers page for ordering this book and finding out about others by this publisher.
The other book that I recently discovered is:
Mystery Math — A First Book of Algebra
Using illustrations wrapped up in a story, this author and illustrator help young children understand the concept of algebra. While most children will benefit from being taught with this approach, it will especially appeal to the visual-spatial learner. Other books by this author/illustrator team include: Time Zones, Fun With Roman Numerals, Money Madness, and Working with Fractions. Find out more about author David Adler on his web page. You may recognize some of his other series like Cam Jansen and Bones Mystery Series.
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