10 Ways to Help ELLs Succeed in Math When it comes to learning math, English language learners (ELLs) have a unique challenge. Unlike most English-speaking students, ELLs have the task of learning a second language and learning content simultaneously. Contrary to popular assumption, language plays a critical role not just in reading and writing, but in learning mathematics as well. 1 Create Vocabulary Banks.Charts that contain key math vocabulary words and phrases are helpful references for ELLs when discussing or writing about their math thinking, especially if the words are accompanied by illustrations. 2 Use manipulatives.Manipulatives are important tools that make math content comprehensible. 3. 4. 5. For example, the following frames support students at various language levels in their discussions about polygons. Beginning LevelThis is not a polygon. Intermediate LevelThis is not a polygon because it has curves, and is open. 6. 7. 8. 9. Teacher TipsInstructor readers share what works best for them.
Math Tutorial Music Videos Middle School students are working hard on their Math Wiki. They are using a variety of tools to create tutorials (Garageband, SmartBoard Notebook, PowerPoint, Animoto). Their latest creation to be embedded into the Wiki were Animoto Music Videos. They created PowerPoint slides, then exported them as jpg files to be imported into Wiki were Animoto Students are learning presentation skills and tools as they are designing the slides to create specific tutorials for math definitions and concepts they are learning in class. “By learning you will teach;by teaching you will understand.” ~ Latin Proverb To teach is to learn twice. Not only are students organizing their own thoughts and teaching each other, but they are also becoming web publishers who are inspiring and teaching math students around the world. As they were working on the slides, we learned many things about presentation design: don’t use too much text on one slide. Here are some of their Animoto examples: Like this: Like Loading...
Using iPads During Math Stations I am continually trying to think of ways to use the iPads in a producing or student creation way, rather than a "lets play a game" kind of way. I am also trying to be as paperless as possible this year, so using the iPads is a win, win situation. I share the 20 iPads with another teacher so in all honesty, I only have 10 during math and I usually use 4 with my guided math groups, which leaves me 6 for math stations. My students are partnered up and do 2 stations a day. I have 10 stations that I change every 2 weeks. I try to link my math stations to what we are currently learning about and a review of things we have already learned. iPad Domino Measuring Math Station Students will be given dominoes, the "I Can Card" and 2 iPads (one for each student) in their Math Station bucket. iPad Problem Solving Station Students will be given the "I Can Card" and 2 iPads (one for each student) in their Math Station bucket. Guided Math Groups With The Teacher
Connecting to Math in Real Life By Wendy Petti Who needs math games when a world of meaningful real-life fun is beckoning? It's easy and rewarding to connect to the real world in math class. Collections of Real-World Math Activities The math activity sites listed here are repositories of lesson ideas that can be explored offline without the use of computers. Math Goodies Their multi-media curriculum includes 168 in-depth lessons organized into instructional units. Practical Uses of Math and Science (PUMAS) This site offers 71 examples of real-life applications of math for upper elementary grades and above, including drawing/interpreting topographical maps, money math, creating math magic problems, measuring the heat of sand and rock; and much more. Mixing in Math This set of free activities helps teachers, parents, and after-school programs mix a bit of math into students' daily routines. National Math Trail Students from around the United States created real-life word problems related to their communities.
Use Creative Math Sites to Support Struggling Students - San Jose ESL Math language can cause problems for many English language learners. Math word problems are especially difficult because the language around the word problem can often times be a challenge. As a very basic example, look at the many synonyms for "DECREASE": subtract, take away from, lowered by, reduce, minus, etc. Then there are the NON-MATH words in the problems. Look at this basic math problem for elementary school: Five boys and three girls went on a field trip. First problem--the problem starts off with BOYS and GIRLS and then combines the two to make CHILDREN. Since math becomes increasingly more difficult as ELLs move on to middle school and high school, the same problem still faces them---the language of math. The video sites below offer more support for struggling students both ELLs and EOs. Both sites are free of course though they do want students and teachers to register. Denise
Fun Kids Online Math Games "Sheppard offers everything from early math to pre-algebra. The lessons include interactive activities to practice concepts. Students can shoot fruit, pop balloons, and even play math man (the math version of pac man!). Fractions, place value, money, and basic operations are some of the areas that are covered. Check it out at " --Shannon Jakeman , sjakeman.blogspot.com "Online math games, like the ones that you'll find for free at Sheppard Software, provide a valuable opportunity for children to learn a great deal while they're having fun. It can be very difficult for parents to find productive and worthwhile activities for children on the Internet; however fun online math games do offer a wonderful alternative. This free section of Sheppard Software was written for children. Sheppard Software offers a couple of cute games for the youngest math students.
5 Ways to Build Math into Your Child's Day By Laura Bilodeau Overdeck Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and her husband have been doing nightly math problems with their kids for years. Laura developed Bedtime Math to share with other families some fun math riddles and other ways to incorporate math into daily routines. Math is everywhere. That’s great news for parents, because we can talk with our kids about math in fun, natural ways. Studies show that a child’s math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of future academic success than reading skills, social skills, or the ability to focus. Here are five ways to add math to your child’s day. 1. You can’t help but use math when you’re baking. Ask your child: How many chocolate chips do you think it will take to fill one cup? 2. Most kids love stopwatches, and watching the seconds tick by gives them opportunities to practice counting. Ask your child: How far can you throw a ball? 3. Big or small, any project that involves measuring includes counting, adding, and multiplying. 4.
8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome Believe it or not, math is really an art. While the subject can seem far from it when you’re caught in the doldrums of class, there’s a lot about math that’s just as creative as a Jackson Pollock and elegant as a rendition of Swan Lake. But some of us still run from those dreaded numbers, swearing up and down that it’s too complex, too rigid and just plain not fun. Still unconvinced? What’s your favorite math-related video? 1. Think about adding up (or even past) infinity, in a series of numbers that gets bigger every single time. The series Minute Physics takes a break from its titular subject to explore math in this quick video, within the larger context of understanding, out to solve "unsolvable problems." 2. Admit it: You’ve been guilty of doodling in math class. In this episode, she takes on the mathematical concept of factoring and shows how it relates to the concept of drawing stars, helping you learn while it actually doesn’t feel like you’re learning. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8.