Vocabulary Ideas for Guided Math Lessons

Posted on February 19, 2010. Filed under: Math is a Language | Tags: , , , |

Vocabulary Blast

       Several studies have shown that vocabulary is a big part of all math tests.  Students don’t know the words and so they can’t solve the problems because they don’t know what they are being asked to do.  So, a very focused, concentrated effort on building and using mathematical vocabulary is an essential part of any ongoing math program.  Every Friday, I encourage teachers to play games to build vocabulary.   Here is a list of vocabulary   games:  Jeopardy, Bingo, Charades, Crossword Puzzles, Word Find and Define. We use a mix of vocabulary from the current unit of study as well as vocabulary from past units. 

Create great crosswords and wordfinds on www.puzzlemaker.com.  Edhelper.com also has a way to create crossword puzzles.  Crossword puzzles are great because students have to really think about the definition to get the word.  Also, when I have them do word finds, they must define the words they find at the bottom of the page.

Bingo Cards: http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/bingo/5/

Interactive Math Crossword Puzzles: http://www.mathgoodies.com/puzzles/


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