NCMSA10: Math Literacy Strategies

10:00am – 11:00 am
Math Literacy Strategies
presented by Meghan Sharp and Melaine Rickard

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Notes by @jjbsyman

As you walked into the session the presenters had a cartoon on the screen captioned “Math Majors Exchanging High Pi’s”(THEY HAD THE SYMBOL).
Around the room where 6 poster papers with questions derived from Bloom’s Taxonomy and we would answer them.

The math EOG is just another reading EOG!

1) Anticipation Guide
– helps students predict and understand text
– activates prior knowledge
– personal connection to text
How to create?
– write questions that relate to “big ideas”
– explain task
– before and after reading answers
– give kids time to talk about answers, explaining reasoning

ex. Dilation have “real world” applications
a Dilation is only an enlargement
If the scale factor of a dilation is between 0 and 1 it is a reduction
A negative scale factor would reflect or rotate a figure as well as a change
Similarities to LA
– activate prior knowledge
– practice thinking and writing
– big ideas
Difference to LA
– may have right or wrong answer
– typically not used with a reading, just terminology
2)SWBS – somebody – who
wanted – what did who want
but – what happen
so – what did who do

– math is WBS
what – list all facts from word problem
but – write what the question is asking in your own words
so – solve the problem and show your work
summary – write how you solved the problem and its answer using WBS

3)World wall activities
Fortune Tellers – folding paper into handheld vocab and answers
– purpose – intro, review, practice
– show, play, make
Word puzzles- squares- using terms, definitions and examples to match up all four sides to complete puzzle
word scramble – have students cut up a predetermined list of letters, then ask questions distributing the letters in and out to make vocabulary words. Helps to post a vocab list with spelling

4)Comprehension pyramid        – summarizing, comprehension, example
In LA – start with one fact – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – etc so there words look like pyramid

In MATH – each math concept has different format
– define what levels should be addressed

+ /
2x = 16
inverse operations to solve
2x        –        4        =        12

other examples – describing a number
– graphs (histogram)

some good math reading resources
Numberland         by George Weinberg
Mathcurse         by John Scieszka & Lane Smith
The King’s Chessboard         by David Birch
Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar         by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno
Twizzlers Percentages Book         by Jerry Pallotta
Count to a Million         by Jerry Pallotta
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate         by Jerry Pallotta
The Best of Times         by Greg Tang
Math for all Seasons         by Greg Tang
G is for Google         by David Schwartz
Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside school         by Louis Sachar
A Gebra Named Al         by Wendy Isdell
Kiss my Math         by Danica McKellar
Math Doesnt Suck         by Danica McKellar
Secrets, Lies, and Algebra         by Wendy Lichtman


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