Links to Literature: Building Mathematical Connections with Village of Round and Square Houses

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  • 1 second-grade multiage class

Can primary-grade children imagine life without video games, DVDs, soccer practice, juice boxes, or computers? The book Village of Round and Square Houses (Grifalconi 1986), told from a child's point of view, serves as a springboard for discussion about the joys of a simple life. The descriptive writing is informative and includes great examples of the use of imagery, similes, and descriptive words.


Cathy Kuhns is a National Board Certified Teacher and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics. She enjoys working with students and teachers.

Edited by Brenda Hammond,, W.T. Page Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Readers are encouraged to share experiences using children's books with Teaching Children Mathematics. Please send such descriptions to “Links to Literature,” NCTM, 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1502.

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