Math Storytelling Day is on September 25, and to celebrate here on the MathIsEverywhere Blog, we have a special giveaway from children’s author Corey Rosen Schwartz!

Before we hop into it though, Kaylynn Johnsen won the critique in the previous post for most mind-blowing information! Congrats Kaylynn!

Now on to Math Storytelling Day! Never heard of it? No worries! I hadn’t either, but it’ll definitely be a new tradition for my family and classroom.

It was started in 2009 by an amazing woman, Maria Droujkova. According to Checkiday.com, “Maria Droujkova wanted the day to celebrated for her birthday. She said, ‘Tell your math stories—to a friend or on your blog, to your class or to your kid.’ This day celebrates math storytelling in its many different forms.” Isn’t that exciting?! What an awesome idea!!

To win a copy of Corey Rosen Schwartz’s awesome picture book, Twinderella: A Fractioned Fairy Tale, all you have to do is share in the comments what you’d like to do for Math Storytelling Day this year.

No ideas? Start here: Storytelling Day Resources or get ideas directly from Corey herself, check out these awesom fraction activities from the book!

You can get a bonus entry for each library you request the book for, just share in the comments and a bonus entry for retweeting on Twitter, too! Let’s get the word out about Math Storytelling Day!

Finally, I’ll leave you with extra inspiration: here’s a sneak peek of this awesome fairy tale retelling:

Can’t wait to read all your awesome Math Storytelling ideas and good luck in the giveaway!

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54 thoughts on “GIVEAWAY for Math Storytelling Day!”

How fortuitous! Just yesterday I came across the word “geotry” on the title page of an old book about supernatural incidents but I couldn’t find a definition anywhere on the web. It kept asking me if I meant “geometry”. So, lacking a definition, I’ve decided that “geotry” is a type of poetry written either in geometric notation for use in magical spells. For Math Storytelling Day, I’m going to attempt to write a piece of geotry! 🙂

What a fun book, and I love the activity sheets! Both of my local public libraries already have copies (YAY!), so I requested a copy to share with my Elementary students and teachers and will share the worksheets with them as well. I also tweeted about the contest. 🙂

I love stories with a math element. The Doorbell Rang is one of my favorites. Math and cookies 😀 and fun to act out with a class too for some hands on division.

That is RIGHT up my alley! Do you know I have two slogans in life and one is “Eat a cookie while you can”? I NEED to check out this book, too! Thanks for the recommendation. Good luck on the giveaway and I just have to say, thank you for sharing STEM with your students; teachers like you are the best 🙂

I am on board with your life slogan. Hopefully I will get back to teaching STEM soon. Since the youngest came along I only teach enrichment classes, but I have a STEM class in the works. The book is an oldie but a goodie. You will love it.

I tried to comment earlier, so I apologize if this is a repeat…
I think for math storytelling day this year, I would love to take my kids to the forest, count pinecones/fish/squirrels, etc and make a story out of what we see. And what a cool looking book, I can’t wait to see it!

I don’t find a place to comment, just reply. For my book El Pato Quiere Uvas I created some math problems in Spanish. I will be trying them soon. Love the book and I will order it today.

Awe, WordPress can be hard to comment on, I’ll try to research it, this works great and I’m sure Olga won’t mind! That sounds awesome, are the problems within the book or endpages like these fraction ones? Yay for getting your copy!

The book looks fun and adorable, Cory! I may be counting my friend’s birthday candles on Math Storytelling Day–if they have enough room for them all! And I’ll probably tell a story or two about the birthday boy : ) Thanks, Kaitlyn!

I think a food-based fraction activity sounds like fun! I remember learning about fractions in school, and they’d be talking about cutting up a pie or a pizza, and I was always so disappointed we weren’t actually eating either of those, just talking about them. So actual pies and pizzas all around on the 25th!

YAY! You’re awesome, Abi! Thanks for sharing and that sounds delicious. What grade do you teach?
With fractions, one way to be really thorough is to use rectangles instead of circles since circles aren’t broken up into odd numbers like 7, 9, etc. I forget the name of the man that shared them at the California Math Council conference I attended years ago, but here’s a great (and comical) post about it: http://fawnnguyen.com/fraction-division-via-rectangles/

This looks adorable. My favorite story problems are the ones where kids have written funny answers.
Example: David has twenty candy bars. Michelle takes two candy bars. What does David have?
David has diabetes. 😂

Great post, Kaitlyn! In kindergarten, my students are learning about shapes. To go along with the idea that shapes are everywhere, I am going to give each child a piece of paper and shape. From there, they can turn that shape into anything they imagine to see that shapes are just shapes, but can be ladybugs, butterflies, rockets, you name it! Also, congratulations on an awesome book, Cory!

I had never heard of this, but I love it! I’ll celebrate by reading math-type story books with my little ones. I’ll also be sure to check out Twinderella– great title! Thanks for the post!

This looks like a fabulous book and I can’t wait to read it !! I am always so impressed when people can get learning into a book !!! Thank you for sharing !!!

I love introducing math concepts with literacy! What a fun book to do that with. I would like to create some type of paper quilt/collage and with no allergies food is a must 😊

Awesome! I’m super curious about the paper quilt, what story will you tell to show kids how what they’re doing connects to math? And food is always fun!

Math Storytelling Day? I love that! And since I love anything that Corey Rosen Schwartz writes, I know i will love this book. My library already has it…and there are several copies in surrounding libraries…so I requested it and, on Math Storytelling Day, I’ll Skype with my 6-year old granddaughter and read it with her! And I tweeted and shared it on FB.

Yay yay yay!! That’s the perfect thing for math Storytelling day; I hope she loves the book as much as you will! Thanks so much for sharing and good luck in the giveaway!

How fortuitous! Just yesterday I came across the word “geotry” on the title page of an old book about supernatural incidents but I couldn’t find a definition anywhere on the web. It kept asking me if I meant “geometry”. So, lacking a definition, I’ve decided that “geotry” is a type of poetry written either in geometric notation for use in magical spells. For Math Storytelling Day, I’m going to attempt to write a piece of geotry! 🙂

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Oh, I forgot to say I tweeted the blog post and requested the book from my local library.

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You are wonderful! I enjoyed your punny tweet and am so excited you requested it from the library, so many people will get to enjoy the book now!

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Ha! I love that!! Can’t wait to read it, and I may just ha e to follow suit and write one too!

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What a fun book, and I love the activity sheets! Both of my local public libraries already have copies (YAY!), so I requested a copy to share with my Elementary students and teachers and will share the worksheets with them as well. I also tweeted about the contest. 🙂

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Jolene, you are just the best!!!

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So are YOU! Thanks for sharing awesome resources! 🙂

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I love stories with a math element. The Doorbell Rang is one of my favorites. Math and cookies 😀 and fun to act out with a class too for some hands on division.

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That is RIGHT up my alley! Do you know I have two slogans in life and one is “Eat a cookie while you can”? I NEED to check out this book, too! Thanks for the recommendation. Good luck on the giveaway and I just have to say, thank you for sharing STEM with your students; teachers like you are the best 🙂

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I am on board with your life slogan. Hopefully I will get back to teaching STEM soon. Since the youngest came along I only teach enrichment classes, but I have a STEM class in the works. The book is an oldie but a goodie. You will love it.

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What an adorable book and even more adorable activities. What a fun fusion of math and delight.

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I agree full-heartedly Corey has such a way of making everything fun!!

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I tried to comment earlier, so I apologize if this is a repeat…

I think for math storytelling day this year, I would love to take my kids to the forest, count pinecones/fish/squirrels, etc and make a story out of what we see. And what a cool looking book, I can’t wait to see it!

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Aw, sorry for the technical difficulties, but I don’t see a repeat, so go Katie!

That sounds amazing; I want to go to the forest, too. Love that you’re including nature. When you see the pinecones, you can share this with your kids: http://www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fibnat.html#section4.2

Here’s the original page for more Fibonacci fun: http://www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hosted-sites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fibnat.html

Good luck on the giveaway! It is a great-looking book, and let me know in the comments if you request it from your library!

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We like to do math games and activities.

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Olga, that sounds awesome! Is this your kids or students or both?

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I don’t find a place to comment, just reply. For my book El Pato Quiere Uvas I created some math problems in Spanish. I will be trying them soon. Love the book and I will order it today.

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Awe, WordPress can be hard to comment on, I’ll try to research it, this works great and I’m sure Olga won’t mind! That sounds awesome, are the problems within the book or endpages like these fraction ones? Yay for getting your copy!

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Wow! I am intrigued. I am excited to explore this beautiful picture book.

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Yay!! I hope you enjoy it; I’d love to hear your thoughts after you do 🙂

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The book looks fun and adorable, Cory! I may be counting my friend’s birthday candles on Math Storytelling Day–if they have enough room for them all! And I’ll probably tell a story or two about the birthday boy : ) Thanks, Kaitlyn!

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HAHA, that sounds fun! Make sure to let him know how extra special his birthday is in the math world 😉

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I think a food-based fraction activity sounds like fun! I remember learning about fractions in school, and they’d be talking about cutting up a pie or a pizza, and I was always so disappointed we weren’t actually eating either of those, just talking about them. So actual pies and pizzas all around on the 25th!

Oh and I did retweet this as well. 🙂

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YAY! You’re awesome, Abi! Thanks for sharing and that sounds delicious. What grade do you teach?

With fractions, one way to be really thorough is to use rectangles instead of circles since circles aren’t broken up into odd numbers like 7, 9, etc. I forget the name of the man that shared them at the California Math Council conference I attended years ago, but here’s a great (and comical) post about it: http://fawnnguyen.com/fraction-division-via-rectangles/

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This looks adorable. My favorite story problems are the ones where kids have written funny answers.

Example: David has twenty candy bars. Michelle takes two candy bars. What does David have?

David has diabetes. 😂

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Lmao, Laura, I love those too! My all time favorite is find x, it’s right here! 😅😅😅

What will you do do Storytelling math day next week?

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I’m not in a classroom at the moment. Only mentoring at the moment.

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I hope you get to mentor next Wednesday then and share a math story😁

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Great post, Kaitlyn! In kindergarten, my students are learning about shapes. To go along with the idea that shapes are everywhere, I am going to give each child a piece of paper and shape. From there, they can turn that shape into anything they imagine to see that shapes are just shapes, but can be ladybugs, butterflies, rockets, you name it! Also, congratulations on an awesome book, Cory!

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That sounds beautiful, Katie!! Looks like My Shape is Sam should be added to your library too!😍

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I had never heard of this, but I love it! I’ll celebrate by reading math-type story books with my little ones. I’ll also be sure to check out Twinderella– great title! Thanks for the post!

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Yay!! That sounds wonderful and I know you and your kids are going to love the book, it’s right up your ally

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This looks like a fabulous book and I can’t wait to read it !! I am always so impressed when people can get learning into a book !!! Thank you for sharing !!!

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Yay!!! So excited to hear your thoughts. And me too, fun and learning together is my fave!

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I love introducing math concepts with literacy! What a fun book to do that with. I would like to create some type of paper quilt/collage and with no allergies food is a must 😊

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Awesome! I’m super curious about the paper quilt, what story will you tell to show kids how what they’re doing connects to math? And food is always fun!

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Thanks for introducing me to Math Storytelling Day! I will read some of the fun counting books we have to my 5 yo.

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Yes!! Which are his/her favorite?

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Math Storytelling Day? I love that! And since I love anything that Corey Rosen Schwartz writes, I know i will love this book. My library already has it…and there are several copies in surrounding libraries…so I requested it and, on Math Storytelling Day, I’ll Skype with my 6-year old granddaughter and read it with her! And I tweeted and shared it on FB.

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Yay yay yay!! That’s the perfect thing for math Storytelling day; I hope she loves the book as much as you will! Thanks so much for sharing and good luck in the giveaway!

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Congrats, Vivian!! You won the copy of the book! You’re so wonderful at supporting others, I’m so happy the fates decided to give back😁

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Yay! Congratulations, Vivan! ❤

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I love to bake, so I’m going to double or half a recipe for math telling story day. I shared on twitter https://twitter.com/dhammelef/status/1174727578059456520

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Oh, I LOVE that! That’s one of my favorite things to do with fractions😍 then you can read the Fractioned Fairy Tale 😍😍

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As always, a great post! Thanks for sharing these wonderful math storybooks.

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Aw you’re too kind, and as always, its my pleasure! I love sharing, especially when they’re SO good like this one!😍

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Kids and I like to play math games. Maybe we can turn a game into a story? Oh, and hopefully read Twinderella!

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That sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read the story you come up with and good luck in the giveaway 😍

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Looks like a great book! My oldest loves math! I will have to choose one of these activities to do with her.

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Yay!!! That’s so awesome, can’t wait to hear how they work out!

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Passing on to my local library and read to my grandson!!!

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Yay!! That’s awesome! Thank you!

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I’d never heard of this! I think I’ll read The Boy Who Loved Math to my kids and combine a story starter with one of our math activities for the day!!

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That sounds amazing!!

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