Charalambos Lemonidis, Ioanna Kaiafa: Creating, implementing and evaluating story-based learning text for teaching fractions

According to researchers, Children's literature is an effective tool for mathematics instruction because it incorporates stories into the teaching and learning of mathematics, furthermore introduces math concepts and contexts in a motivating manner, acts as a source for generating problems and building problem solving skills and finally helps build a conceptual understanding of math skills through illustrations. In addition, incorporating children's literature into the teaching of mathematics is vital to creating concrete conceptual understanding of abstract mathematic concepts.
The present study outlines the theoretical framework that supports the idea of linking literature and mathematics for educational purposes and presents a text of children’s literature created to promote the teaching and learning fractions in the fifth grade of primary school. The text entitled “Orpheus and Nefeli in Fractionland”.
Afterwards, the results of text’s evaluation, conducted by teachers and students, are presented and analyzed. Teachers used, as an assessment tool, a rule with 16 criteria relating to literary and educational value of the text. Eventually, we present and analyze the outcomes from the instruction of the text to children of 5th grade.