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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Math Vocabulary Games for the Classroom

Do your students need to learn new words?

Do your students love to learn with games?

Vocabulary games are a great way to get students using new math terms. Engage your students in a fun new approach to learning academic vocabulary. Try one of these games with your students today!

Math Vocabulary Games for the Classroom

1. Vocabulary Who Has It? 

Students in the classroom are divided into two teams. (Just draw an imaginary line down the middle for two quick teams). Students use their vocabulary cards in the vocabulary notebook to ask "Who has it?" Team one and team two choose 5 notebooks to submit from their teams to be used for the game. The teacher randomly picks one definition to read aloud to the class. Team one and team two have to answer with the correct definition's word to win a point. Play continues for 20-30 minutes until at least 1 definition for each student in the class has been read for.

2. Tic Tac Toe

Students use their vocabulary cards to play Tic Tac Toe with a partner. Have students use their vocabulary notebooks to find definitions to read to a shoulder partner. Then their partner must guess correct to put an X or O on the board. Students play until they have won and completed the Tic Tac Toe games.

3. Timed Gallery Walk 

Write Around the Room with Math allows students to move and interact with vocabulary. Set up the vocabulary sentences all over your classroom. Then set a timer on the board. Tell students that they have a limited amount of time to find the most vocabulary sentences before the timer goes off!

4. Twenty Questions Game 

Can you guess the vocabulary term in less than 20 questions? Have students guess is it a shape? Is it a measurement? To figure out what the math term is. This is a fun spin on vocabulary. Students will enjoy trying to guess. This is a great review for a chapter test or end of course exam.

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    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Ratios Word Problems

    Are your students learning ratios?

    Do your students need ratios word problem notes?

    Ratios Word Problems

    The best way strategy for retaining knowledge is handwriting notes. This is a strategy that yields high success rates and scores. Try one of the three ways to take notes.

    1. Copy Notes. 

    Have students copy teacher notes. From the board or overhead projector students can copy what you tell them they need to know. This is a good strategy for note taking. You are modeling what students need to know. You are showing students exactly how to solve the math problems. Research has proven that students can learn and internalize this information when they are the ones doing the handwriting.

    2. Scaffolded Notes. 

    Provide a set of notes that are half blank. Ask students to infer. Ask students to use context clues. Help them make connections to math concepts. Provide meaningful answers to answer scaffolded questions. This is a great way to differentiate instruction. It is also a great support for students with IEPs. This is an easy modification for an set of notes. Students appreciate not having to write every detail, but rather focus on what is important.

    3. Question Notes. 

    Question Notes are an approach to note taking that starts with the question. The question is often the subtopic of the notes and leads into details of note taking. Showing students how to start questions and answer them in note form is beneficial for real life note taking.

    Try the FREE Ratios Word Problems Notes today! 

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    Monday, September 23, 2019

    3 Reasons for Math Fluency Practice

    Are your students fluent in speaking math? 

    Are your students fluent in writing math? 

    Math fluency is an important skill for students to master. How do your students understand math vocabulary? Do they interact and practice math terms in your classroom? Here are three reasons for practicing math vocabulary for fluency. 

    3 Reasons for Math Fluency Practice

    1. Without Math Vocabulary, nothing can be conveyed. How do you answer a math question without math vocabulary? Take this sentence for example. When Justin used order of operations, he multiplied three and eight, and then added five. He found the sum was twenty-nine. Now take out all of the math vocabulary words. When Justin used math, he took three and eight, and then got five. He found the number was twenty-nine. I'm sure you've seen responses like this. The best way to quickly model how to use vocabulary is to not use it. What did Justin do? Is he a magician? Where did he get twenty-nine? How did he get twenty-nine? Share with students the importance of using vocabulary and meaning in Math.

    2. The larger your Math Vocabulary, the easier it becomes to learn new words. Do your students know what grade level vocabulary words look like? A sixth grader who has third grade vocabulary skills cannot be expected to write and answer sixth grade math writing prompts on grade level. Increasing your students' vocabulary will help them be able to learn new terms quickly with the strategies you've given them. The best way to increase vocabulary is with vocabulary cards and sentences. Learn, practice, and apply it! 

    3. Increasing your Math Vocabulary lets you focus on more challenging words. How do your students learn and record new vocabulary? Do your students expand on their vocabulary or know the basics? A student in an advanced math class may not come in with advanced vocabulary. Challenge your students to learn above grade level math terms when appropriate. If math writing responses are lacking, what should students be practicing? What vocabulary should they be learning?
    Improve your students' fluency and try a math vocabulary exercise today! 

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      Friday, September 13, 2019

      5 Math Terms to Add to Your Classroom Word Wall

      How do you your students practice math vocabulary?

      Do your students practice using math terms?

      This month's topic is how to use math vocabulary to increase student growth. Last week's blog "3 Strategies for Practicing Math Vocabulary" was about ways to increase math vocabulary practice in your classroom today.  This week we take a look at word walls. Do you have a classroom word wall?

      5 Math Terms to Add to Your Classroom Word Wall

      What is a math word wall? 

      A word wall is a wall that displays high frequency math terms (words that you often use in text, talk, or visuals). Word walls are an important part of the math classroom. They reinforce the correct spelling of math terms, help display terms for writing and talking about math, and show connections between terms.

      What makes a word wall successful?

      A word wall's success hinges on three things. 

      • Collaboration
      • Daily Use
      • Student Created
      Students need to collaborate as a class to make the word wall. This is a great mini lesson for the students to create definitions, pictures, and examples to add to the word wall. The best word walls are not static pictures created by a publisher or teacher. The best word walls are student created and interactive. When students take ownership of the classroom environment they thrive. They go from daily visitors in the teacher's room to active community members in a place of learning. Watch your students use the word wall daily in discussion, writing, and more.

      5 Math Terms Every Word Wall Should Have

      There are 5 words you want to include on your word wall to get started. The math terms you should add to your word wall are listed below. Consider adding these terms to your wall to help your students make math connections. 

      Fraction, Greater Than, Less Than, Product, Sum

      Absolute Value, Coordinate Plane, Equation, Integer, Ratio

      Be intentional with your word wall. Watch your students take ownership and learn new words.  Download these five math terms and start your word wall today!

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      Word Wall Terms

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        Sunday, September 8, 2019

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        Friday, September 6, 2019

        3 Strategies for Practicing Math Vocabulary

        Do your students struggle with math?

        Do your students know their math vocabulary?

        3 Strategies For Practicing Math Vocabulary 

        Math is a language like English, French, or Spanish. There are key concepts in math that need to be explained and well defined. How do your students understand math vocabulary? Do you have them practice the terms? Here are three strategies to use with your students for practicing new math vocabulary words.

        1. Make an Interactive Math Word Wall. 

        What do you display on your classroom walls? Do your students create it or is it teacher made? Have your students create an Interactive Math Word Wall. Students will write the definitions and pictures for each word. Display their work on post-it notes beside or below the math word. Students will enjoy creating this word wall in your classroom. They will even ask if they can "cheat" and look at it during a quiz or test. Why do they ask this? It is a helpful reference for them to be reminded what the vocabulary word means. Math is a language that needs to be modeled and taught daily for comprehension.

        2. Make a Math Writing Center

        Do your students know how to write math? Do they need a scaffolded approach to using math word in context? Try using a Math Writing Center. When you do math centers or math workshops in your classroom have one center be writing math only. Students will work on writing sentences with important grade level math terms. This will help build students' math writing confidence. Students need to practice with a scaffolded approach. This is a great solution for students to learn how to write math terms in the appropriate context.

        3. Make a Vocabulary Notebook. 

        How do your students learn and record new vocabulary? Do your students make math vocabulary maps? Students will take ownership of their Math Vocabulary Notebook. Have students write 3-5 terms per week. Students will add new math vocabulary word maps to their notebooks every week. At the end of the year they will have completed the entire year's list of grade level vocabulary.

        Using math vocabulary notebooks is one way to practice vocabulary every week. Try a FREE math vocabulary map today!

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