Calling all math lovers! Join us in celebrating Math Storytelling Day as we explore the fun and creative side of numbers through stories and activities.

Introduction

Get ready to combine the power of numbers and the magic of storytelling on September 25 for Math Storytelling Day! This special day was created by the National Storytelling Network in 2009 to celebrate the beauty and creativity of mathematics through storytelling. It's a perfect opportunity to make math more fun and engaging for people of all ages, as stories have always been a powerful tool for learning and understanding complex concepts. So let your imagination run wild and join in on the fun of Math Storytelling Day!

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>3000 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Math in Ancient Egypt</div><div class='timeline-text'>Rhind Papyrus documents detailing mathematical problems and their solutions provide an early example of math storytelling.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>800 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Greek Mathematics</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ancient Greek mathematicians like Pythagoras used story-like methods and proofs to explain mathematical concepts like the Pythagorean Theorem.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1843</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ada Lovelace and Computing</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ada Lovelace's translation and expansion of Luigi Menabrea's notes on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine included narrative elements, aiding in the conceptual understanding of what is now considered the first computer program.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mathematical Storytelling in Classrooms</div><div class='timeline-text'>The use of story problems and real-world narratives in education became more widely accepted as an effective tool for teaching math concepts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Math Story Books</div><div class='timeline-text'>The publication of children's books centered around math stories, like "The Number Devil", started to become more prevalent, showing the blend of numeracy and literacy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of Math Storytelling Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Storytelling Network creates Math Storytelling Day to celebrate and promote the creative exploration of mathematics through storytelling.</div></div></div>

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a math-themed story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put your storytelling skills to the test by creating a story that incorporates mathematical concepts and problems. Get creative and have fun with it!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a math-themed book club</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends who love both math and reading and choose a book that has mathematical themes or characters. Meet up to discuss the book and its connections to math.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a math scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a list of mathematical objects or concepts for participants to find around your neighborhood or city. The first person or team to find all items on the list wins!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Design a math board game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get crafty and design a board game that incorporates math concepts. This can be a fun activity for both kids and adults to enjoy on Math Storytelling Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a math-themed movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Choose a movie that has mathematical themes or characters and gather some friends to watch it together. Afterwards, have a discussion about the math concepts presented in the film.</p></div></div>

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It makes math fun and approachable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Math Storytelling Day combines two seemingly opposite worlds - math and storytelling. By incorporating creativity and imagination into mathematics, it can make the subject more enjoyable and engaging for people of all ages.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages critical thinking skills</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>In order to create a math-themed story or solve math problems within a narrative context, one must use critical thinking skills. Math Storytelling Day challenges individuals to think outside the box and apply their mathematical knowledge in a unique way.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes diversity in education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not everyone learns best through traditional methods of teaching, such as textbooks and lectures. Math Storytelling Day is an alternative way to present mathematical concepts and can help students who struggle with conventional approaches understand and appreciate math in a different way.</p></div></div>

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Math narratives have a rich cultural history</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many ancient cultures, such as the Babylonians, incorporated math into their mythologies and stories, showing the deep roots of mathematical storytelling.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Math stories can cultivate empathy</h3><p class='facts-content'>In crafting narratives around mathematical problems and solutions, storytellers can help readers understand the emotional journey of grappling with complex ideas, promoting a greater sense of empathy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Storytelling enhances retention of math concepts</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research has shown that when math is presented in a storytelling context, it can increase memory retention and understanding of the concepts involved.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Modern industries employ math storytelling</h3><p class='facts-content'>Industries such as game development or data analysis often tell stories with math – either through problem-solving in game mechanics or presenting impactful visual narratives with data.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Math storytelling helps bridge the divide between the sciences and humanities</h3><p class='facts-content'>By using storytelling to understand and communicate about mathematical concepts, it can help bridge the divide between art and science, showing that these two domains can learn from and enrich one another.</p></div></div>

When is Math Storytelling Day?

Math Storytelling Day is celebrated on September 25 every year. In 2024 Math Storytelling Day will occur on a Wednesday.

Year

Date

Day

2023

Sep 25

Monday

2024

Sep 25

Wednesday

2025

Sep 25

Thursday

2026

Sep 25

Friday

2027

Sep 25

Saturday