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Literacy Retreat 2018


Build Strategic Readers of Mathematical Texts

Read literature and technical text

Students in all grade levels and all subject areas read and think about texts.

Introduce students to their Reading & Thinking Voices

Access the specific reading standards for math/informational text.

Challenge #1

Participate in productive math talk

Support the connection between math and language.

Bridge oral expression with written thought.

Add support with word banks

Add a written component to low-level worksheets

Challenge #2

Transition from monologue to dialogue

Provide a procedure for melding their thinking with others.

Refine own understanding with the melding of others’ ideas.

Stephanie Kimmerly provides her Roosevelt Elementary School (Elkhart, IN) students with Talk-Move bookmarks. This allows them to learn the various sentence starters for each one.

Bridget Longmeier introduces Talk Moves to third graders. “This is going to be game changing for our school with a 60% EL population! We need to get them talking and listening and this is a great strategy to get them started.”

Fourth grade teacher Dan Myers begins to introduce a couple talk moves to his HSA Belmont (Chicago, IL) students.

Challenge #3

Retell the story

Utilize ELA and literature background to determine the story elements within the word problem.

Practice situation-thinking only.

Teach “key words” and their meanings applied in different contexts.

Challenge #4

Apply the 3 phases of close reading

Reread word problems multiple times.

Compare each phase to a different “lens.”

Improve fluency in translation.

Emphasize little words with big meaning.

Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction

Resources from the Grade 5 math lesson featured below | PDF | Smartboard

Student handout used within the lesson video below

Read for the little words in story problems | Mini-Lesson Resource | PDF | Smartboard