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Bridging Literature & Mathematics Strategy Guides and K-8 Lessons

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Preparing Students for Success with Reading in the Content Areas
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to determine the level and type of support you need to provide students based on careful preparation as a content area expert.

Reading with Purpose in the Content Areas
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to organize students and instruction to establish a sense of purpose for reading authentic texts in the content areas.

Supporting Student Comprehension in Content Area Reading
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn a few simple, yet powerful, techniques to encourage students to use peer talk and writing to enhance their understanding of content area texts.

Introducing Ideas and Vocabulary with the Concept Sort
A Concept Sort is a vocabulary and comprehension strategy used with students to introduce new topics and/or familiarize students with new vocabulary.

Introducing New Content with Seed Discussions
In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to elicit ideas and conversation about new concepts or content by effectively holding a Seed Discussion in your classroom.

Lesson Plans

“Logistics of Mathematics Journals: Frequently Asked Questions”
This list provides practical suggestions to answer such questions as the following:
     •  How can teachers respond to children’s journal entries?
     •  Do I grade them?
     •  How can I use math journals with a textbook?

Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists
Students use their problem-solving skills to stay within their budget as they choose items they plan to buy and create their personal shopping lists.
Bridging Literature and Mathematics by Visualizing Mathematical Concepts 
Math-related, informational books, Actual Size (Jenkins, 2004) and If You Hopped Like a Frog (Schwartz, 1999) provide the focus for this lesson, which connects reading, writing, math, and science.

Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic 
This activity begins with the reading aloud of several math-oriented stories, identifies key mathematical vocabulary terms, models math story writing, and then gives students an opportunity to write addition and subtraction stories.

Exploring Sets through a Math-Related Book Pair 
This lesson integrates reading, writing, viewing, and visually representing mathematical ideas while simultaneously strengthening home-school communication.
Introducing the Venn Diagram in the Kindergarten Classroom
Choose among these ideas for using hula hoops and real objects, as well as online interactives, to introduce the Venn diagram to young children as they sort, compare and contrast, and organize information in the content areas of art, math, social studies, science, and literature.

Talking, Writing, and Reasoning: Making Thinking Visible with Math Journals
In this lesson, the teacher encourages students to talk about and record their attempts as they work and record solutions, strategies, and other observations.

What If We Change the Story? Problem Posing with Sixteen Cows
A piece of math-related children’s literature, Sixteen Cows (Wheeler, 2002), is used as the springboard for this problem-posing as students are invited to brainstorm some literary and mathematical observations to the story.

Name Tag Glyphs
In this lesson, students practice a way to communicate without words by using a glyph. They create a name card using information about themselves. Students also interpret glyphs made by others.


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