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Paul Swan

Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books - Book 1


Years F-1
Teachers Reference

Book 1: Foundation to Year 1

Dr Paul Swan, Sheila Griffin, Linda Marshall, Kristin Humphreys

Children’s story books are a fantastic tool in every early childhood teacher’s toolbox.

This book takes 12 of the most popular story books for the Foundation – Year 1 age range and provides a number of mathematical activities for students to do based off the story book; for example investigating patterns in Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. The book includes copiable resources to make using the activities a breeze. Each story book is given multiple mathematical activity options.

Includes 6 extra pages of Assessment Opportunities

Titles covered:


  • One More Sheep by Mij Kelly
  • Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  • Say Zoop! by Herve Tullet

Year 1:

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
  • 12 Ways to Get 11 by Eve Merriam
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Sing Me the Summer by Jane Godwin