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How can I integrate literacy into a math lesson?

Jan 24, 2013 8:17pm

So, I'm looking for videos or very specific teaching strategies on integrating literacy into a math lesson.

  • Math
  • 6-12
  • Engagement / Planning


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    • Jan 25, 2013 11:54am

      -The TV series "Numb3rs" uses high school math to solve crimes. There are websites out there that identify the math you're looking for, and tells you which episode includes that topic. Thus, you can show the entire 50 minute episode, or simply show clips from it.

      I hope these examples help you out. If they're not clear, I would be happy to expand upon them for you.

      • Jan 25, 2013 5:51am

        Safari Montage or United Streaming have excellent collections of videos that illustrate math concepts.

        • Jan 25, 2013 1:14pm

          Here's a good example from the Tch library-- Ms. Noonan incorporates language into a math lesson.

          • Jan 25, 2013 1:16pm

            Hi Kaitlin,
            There is an excellent teacher on Tch who talks about the importance of language as she delivers her math lesson. Hope this is helpful.


            • Jan 29, 2013 7:57am

              "Because Writing Matters" by Carl Nagin, discusses this. The book is worth the time to read for teachers in ALL subject areas. One idea is to have students keep a math journal in which they write out their thought processes that they used to solve a problem.

              Also, check your library for read alouds such as:

              *G is for googol: a math alphabet book
              by Schwartz, David M

              *Bean thirteen by McElligott, Matthew

              * The grapes of math : mind stretching math riddles
              by Tang, Greg

              *Marvelous math : a book of poems

              * Math curse by Scieszka, Jon

              * Sir Cumference and the dragon of pi: a math adventure, and "the First Roundtable" both
              by Neuschwander, Cindy

              *What's your angle, Pythagoras? : a math adventure by Ellis, Julie

              * Using math to design a roller coaster
              by Koll, Hilary. One of many "Using math to..." in the Mathworks! series

              Any Stuart Murphy does an entire series, 'MathStart" for younger elementary.

              • Jan 28, 2013 9:47am

                There are so many ways to literacy and math.

                You could have students write a paragraph or an essay describing a math technique to solve a problem. With this and all others you can focus on a thesis question, topic sentences, support, introduction and conclusion, etc. Also, an essay narrating the events taken in solving a math problem, the events in a mathematician's life. Plus, an essay on all the different ways to solve a problem, sort of an exemplification essay. And, an essay classifying or dividing math problems into groups, math sequences into steps, etc. Also, an essay on the process of how to solve an equation, problem. Plus, an essay comparing and contrasting different ways to solve a problem. This is also great with graphic organizers like a Venn diagram. Also, an argumentative essay for a particular type of math.

                • Oct 14, 2015 8:21am

                  First one has to ask what is literacy? And what is literacy in a math classroom? Is it the decoding of information from a text? In a math classroom, literacy goes beyond words or letters. It can mean reading data full of numbers or looking at graphs and making conjectures about the situation. It can mean reading the data on the non-perishables or the processed food you buy with labels in a grocery store. In algebra, it's making connections between ways of representing a situation either as math sentences, table of values, graphs, or diagram representations.