Sunday, September 15, 2013

2nd Grade Math Vocabulary

Hi everyone,

Granite School District's has a super math vocabulary resources and 2nd grade Math Vocabulary lists that was updated in March of 2013! 

Back to HomeTheir Math Vocabulary lists are aligned to Common Core State Standards and have definitions.  Here is a sample:

English 2nd Grade CCSS Vocabulary Word ListRevised 6/3/13

making ten
measuring tape
meter stick
metric system
minute hand
more than
number line
number names
odd number

That is not all they do!

Granite School District also made great word wall cards you can print out.  





  Each word has 3 cards:



Word and visual

Word, visual, definition 

  1.  Granite School District's website also has Parent Guides to the common core, curriculum maps, assessments and more!

Click on over to this great website and start downloading your math vocabulary words today!

Click here!

Happy Teaching,


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hi everyone!
I found a new app for is an illustrated glossary of mathematics terms in English and Spanish.

This is a great app for  middle school and up, or for teachers, and parents that need a quick definition they can make kid friendly to younger students.

Here is what MathTerms said about themselves:

MathTerms is an illustrated glossary of mathematics terms in English and Spanish. The app includes almost 1,000 entries for middle- and high-school mathematical concepts. Millions of students have had access to this glossary, and its colorful, annotated illustrations, for over the past five years. It is now available as an iPad application with permission of The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind, Inc.


* Free with NO advertising

* Almost 1,000 entries about Middle School Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus and Statistics

* Colorful, annotated illustrations

* Complete sentence-based definitions in English and Spanish

* Toggle display of English and Spanish terms

* Alphabetical indexes

* Search function in English and Spanish

* Toggle display of Spanish definition -- enabling "Flash card" function

* No internet connection required for use

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Happy Teaching,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to LEP Students

Hi everyone,

As we all look forward to heading back to the classroom many of us will be preparing to teach second language learners.

Teachers want to include the instructional strategies that will increase comprehension in second language learners. Here is a list compiled by Virginia Department of Education Division of Instruction back in 2004.  These are tried and true methods that still hold true today.

  •  Integrate the four language modes (listening, speaking, reading, writing) into mathematics class.

  • Model the process. Talk aloud while solving problems on the overhead or chalkboard to show the thinking process and common errors.

  • Have students explain their thinking process aloud to a classmate while solving a problem.

  • Integrate reading and writing through the use of journals, learning logs, poems, literature, etc.

  • Give explicit instruction and practice in reading and writing word problems. Teach students to identify key words in word problems that indicate a certain mathematical operation.

  • Begin class with warm-up activities using mathematical language to give students practice in sentence construction.

  • Write a cloze exercise (a short paragraph with key words missing) or sentence starters (i.e., Perimeter is the…) on the board for students to copy and complete when they enter class.

  • Give students a computation problem to solve, and then have them write the steps they used to solve it in complete sentences.

  • Post labels and vocabulary cards around the classroom on completed word problems, number lines, rulers, fraction diagrams, and/or objects in the class.

  •  Have students paraphrase and write complex concepts in their own words (individually, pairs, or whole class).

  • Review mathematical vocabulary and concepts using games such as TIC TAC TOE, BINGO, Concentration, Charades, etc.

Use a variety of modes of instruction

  • Design multi-sensory lessons (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic).

  • Use visuals whenever possible to reinforce auditory instruction (i.e., charts, graphs, manipulatives, diagrams, models, real objects).

  • Use graphic organizers to visually represent mathematical concepts.

  • Design hands-on activities.

  • Vary groupings throughout the lesson (i.e., independent work, pair work, small groups, whole class).

  • Use real-life problem-solving situations to teach new concepts.

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