# Math is a Language

## Writing Multiplication Problems

Here is a great site to get started.  Remember that in the CCSS students are suppose to solve and pose word problems!  This is in most standards, whether or not your using the CCSS content.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Must Have Workstations: The Vocabulary Math Workstation

Math is a language!  If we want our students to speak it, we have to teach them the words.  So, have a vocabulary math workstation.  In the vocabulary math workstation you are trying to get students to own the vocabulary through games and activities  and math journal activities. Remember in the CCSSM students are evaluated on whether they are using everyday words or math words.  So, instead of number and answer…they should be saying factor, divisor, addend and quotient, sum, difference, product.  Be sure you speak math to your students, require them to speak math with you and each other and give them ample opportunities to practice the words.

Granite Math Vocabulary words are great because you can cut them up and play matching games with the words, the examples and the definitions.

Math Spelling City – There are several activities to do with the CCSS math aligned word lists!

Puzzlemaker.com – Make crossword puzzles and word finds.  Crossword puzzles are great and academically rigorous because you are giving students the definition and asking them to tell you the word.  Also, give them word finds, not just to find the word but to find, define, use it in a sentence, and give an example.

Set up tic tac toe games where the students have to choose a word and illustrate and define it.  (ckingeducation.com -test saavy)

Have students do interactive math journal activities with the words.

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Dr. Nicki

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## GUIDED MATH STRATEGIES: CUES, QUESTIONS AND ADVANCED ORGANIZERS

Marzano (2001) states that “cues, questions and advanced organizers” are one of the key strategies that move student achievement.  These should be used throughout guided math lessons to scaffold student access to content.  Use templates to teach students how to organize their thinking for short answer and extended response questions.  Use graphic organizers to help students unpack vocabulary.  Always ask great questions!

Here are some links:

Graphic Organizers

Templates 1, 2, 3, 4

Great Questions

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Dr. Nicki

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## Successful Strategies for Guided Math Groups: Part 2-Summarizing

Marzano (2001) states that Summarizing and Notetaking is 1 of the 9 successful strategies that move student achievement. The focus is to summarize what we are doing and/or also take notes.  This can be done using quick writes and different graphic organizers.  This would be a great strategy to make sure that students are getting it!  Make sure that you give students an opportunity to summarize what they have learned in each unit of study. One way to have students to summarize is to make notes in flipbooks.  They could  sum up the strategies and give some examples. See below for a few examples.

subtraction

multiplication

multiplication

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Dr. Nicki

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## Math Vocabulary Quiz!

How’s your math vocabulary? Take this quick quiz to find out.

Describe it and draw an example in 3 seconds….

• Minuend
• Subtrahend
• Multiplicand
• Multiplier
• Mean
• Mode
• Median
• Divisor
• Quotient
• Vinculum

Do you speak math or do you use everyday words instead?

Use your digital resources to find the answers to ones you don’t know (mathematical practice 5)!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Multiplicative Comparison Problems

Multiplicative Comparison type problems are explored in 4th and 5th grade.    Here are some great resources explaining these problem types.  There are several different types within the multiplicative comparison genre.  Remember that the research says that it is important for students to understand the type of problem they are solving rather than “key words.”

Resource 1 (Be sure to look at all the related resources at the bottom of the page)

Resource 2

Resource 3

Resource 4

Resource 5 – Math Video

Resource 6 – Math Video

Resource 7 – Math Video

Multiplicative Comparison Video!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Equivalent Fraction Packet

Here is a great equivalent fraction packet. In the math CCSS children begin to informally look at equivalent fractions in grade 2 and then more formally in grade 3.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Infographics Rock! Data Never Looked So Good!

Andy Robertson wrote a great article called  “Making Math Less Scary With Infographics!”  I looked at it and was so inspired by the idea of representing data in this way!  Here are some more resources!

Tell me what you think! How can you see yourself using something like this in your classroom?

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## Everyday words or Math Language: What do you use in whole class and small group discussion?

Math is a language!  If we want our kids to speak it, we have to teach it!  Here is a great place to get started! I love this article because it makes it very clear- the difference between everyday language and math words!

Everyday Language or Math Words

Split    or     Divide

Take Away   or   Subtract

Same     or    Congruent

What do you SPEAK in your math class?

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Dr. Nicki

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## Back to School Math Ideas

Check out this fantastic Resource 1

Including Birthday Bar Graph, Chyrsanthemum, Numbers and Me, Math Curse!

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