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This guide highlights resources helpful for education majors or those using education-related information and collections.

Books & Kits

CMC Math:
Books in the CMC are classified in the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. All call numbers will start with "Curric" to indicate that it is an item in the CMC followed by one or two letters then numbers. 

"Q" is the letter for the main class of materials for math and science. Call numbers that start with the letter “Q” will be for general science materials (such as K-6 science textbooks and books that mix science and math). Then the “Q” class is broken into 11 subclasses. Mathematics is the first subclass, and so the letters you need to find most of the math materials in the CMC are "QA." (Notice that I say "most" in that last sentence. Your best bet is to use the online catalog or ask a librarian for help to find all the relevant materials.)

Children's Literature for Math:
In the Library Science Collection, the materials are classified by the Dewey Decimal System. In that collection, most of the non-fiction math books are found in the 510 section (510-519). However, there are plenty of fiction books and other books that include relevant items for teaching math, so use the online catalog for best results! 

AIMS Activities are one group of resources available to you for this course. You find many inquiry-based activities in the AIMS books, which are located on the CMC book shelves at Q182. Some of the books are focused specifically on math topics and others are specifically science topics, but many of the books would be great for interdisciplinary math/science lessons. While the AIMS folks are no longer selling these books, they do have some other activities on their website at:

Examples of math books:

Don't forget to check out all the math-related kits we have as well. The kit room and poster collection are part of the Curriculum Materials Center, which means that the same "QA" call number letters will apply. We have a ton of math manipulatives and games. Use the online catalog to find them or ask a librarian for help if you need it. 


Learn from the professionals with lessons and activities that have already been tried and tweaked! Teachers have published articles detailing the lessons and units that have worked well for them. AND you can get them for free through the library instead of paying for them online (where there is no peer-review process before they are published).

Great starting points: Some resources that work well for math articles/lessons are:

*NOTE: NCTM changed its journals. The new journal is Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12. We are working on getting full-text access to this journal. The previous NCTM journals are listed below, and they contain lots of great activities. More information can be found on the NCTM website.