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Want to know more? Further reading on math and science

1. Female teachers unwittingly passed their own math anxiety onto their female students in an article based on the work of Sian L. Beilock,, called: “Female Teachers’ Math Anxiety Affects Girls’ Math Achievement.”

2. When science and literacy lessons are integrated, students demonstrate greater skill in all of these areas, writes Gina N. Cervetti, et. al., in a paper titled, “A Model of Science-Literacy Integration.”

3. Many girls believe math ability is fixed-—it’s a gift you have or do not have. Girls who believe math is an acquired set of skills do better, according to Carol S. Dweck, in her book: Mindset.

4. The early years are important: Number sense in first grade predicts math ability in middle school, say Geary, Hoard, Bailey & Nugent in “Adolescents’ Functional Numeracy Is Predicted by their School Entry Number System Knowledge.”

5. Stereotype threat can impact student academic performance, according to author Claude Steele in his book: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

6. Blocks and puzzles can help school readiness; using words such as “between,” “under,” “shorter,” and “longer” can help kids better understand spatial problem-solving tasks, says lead author Brian N. Verdine in “Finding the Missing Piece: Blocks, Puzzles, and Shapes Fuel School Readiness.”

7. National Girls Collaborative Project presents research focused on what works to engage and support girls in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering at

8. Games for Math: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn Math, From Kindergarten to Third Grade by Peggy Kaye is a user-friendly book filled with math games to play at home.

9. Build number sense as you browse and discuss this picture book with your child ages 4-8: Anno’s Counting Book, by Mitsumasa Anno.

10. In addition to games and puzzles, Family Math by Jean K. Stenmark,, includes a step-by-step description of how to organize a “family math” class at your child’s school.

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