Using Writing to Enhance Math Learning: Using Vocabulary and Writing Strategies to Enhance Math Learning, Grades 1-2

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About this PD Resource Kit

First and second grade teachers demonstrate numerous ways to create math learning environments that engage young students in thinking, talking and writing as crucial components of primary-level math instruction.

Viewers learn how to:

  • make optimal use of questions to promote thinking, reasoning and problem solving
  • increase first and second graders' ability to articulate mathematical thinking
  • scaffold primary students' math learning through teacher-led modeling and demonstrations
  • incorporate vocabulary activities that strengthen students' use and understanding of math language and skills
  • create a low risk/high success environment that engages every student in math learning
  • help primary-age children use graphic organizers, including charts, graphs and Venn diagrams
  • engage students in simple writing tasks that result in more productive learning
  • develop students' abilities to organize, represent and communicate mathematical thinking through writing
  • create math centers that provide engaging opportunities for first and second graders

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