In math, we were just ready to begin perimeter and area. "Why not merge math and literature?" I thought. It was simple, really. I took a common perimeter and area problem and wrote simple scenarios involving characters from our novels, Hatchet and Strider.
Students warmed up with problems from WorksheetWorks.com then continued with these novel-based problems. Free graph paper can be generated at Incompetech.com. (I chose the square graph paper with grid spacing of one line per centimeter.)
Interdisciplinary teaching seems like a blast from the past, but there's no time like the present to liven up literature and make math meaningful.