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Living Math Through History C1U1 Intermediate Level Book List

  • Counting Systems: The Familiar and the Unusual by Marnie Luce, out of print but

excellent if you can find it.

  • Millions to Measure by David Schwartz

  • Pyramid and Unbuilding by David Macaulay and/or Kingfisher World of

Pyramids (all are excellent)

  • Science in the Past – Ancient Egypt. Very good for Egyptian Mathematics

  • Optional Historical Context:

The 5,000 Year Old Puzzle, Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt by Claudia Logan and Melissa Sweet and/or

Seeker of Knowledge, The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs, by James Rumford – picture books for younger kids in this level.

The Egyptian News by Scott Steedman (fun tabloid-style book)

  • Nice five-minute video on measurement history:


  • Additional enrichment reading if you have time and interest Twelve Snails to One Lizard: A Tale of Mischief and Measurement How Tall, How Short, How Faraway by David Adler The Greedy Triangle, Marilyn Burns Inchworm and a Half, Elinor Pinczes

  • What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? by Julie Ellis – For younger kids in this level,

p i c t u r e b o o k v e r s i o n o f a y o u n g P y t h a g o r a s ' a d v e n t u r e s , n i c e f o r r e - e n a c t i n g m a t h discoveries.

  • Science in the Past Ancient Greece

  • Optional Historical Context

Alexander the Great, the Kids Who Ruled Series/Peter Bendrick Books History Detectives: Ancient Egypt by Philip Ardagh

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