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Intertwining Literacy Into The Mathematical Rope of Education Adam Sarver October 7 th, 2010

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Theme Enhancing the math classroom by using literacy. Enhancing the math classroom by using literacy. If math education was a rope, one would want the rope that is triple braided (math, reading, and writing) over the rope that is single braided (just math). If math education was a rope, one would want the rope that is triple braided (math, reading, and writing) over the rope that is single braided (just math).

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(Shatzer, 2008) Reading can create that visualization that the student needed in order to understand math Reading can create that visualization that the student needed in order to understand math Choosing books to be used as math enhancements. Choosing books to be used as math enhancements. Create extension activities from books connecting literature to math Create extension activities from books connecting literature to math

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(Rutherford-Becker, Vanderwood, 2009) The relationship between literacy and math The relationship between literacy and math Reading comprehension is highly correlated with math ability Reading comprehension is highly correlated with math ability Math tests measure both math skills and reading comprehension skills Math tests measure both math skills and reading comprehension skills

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(Verlaan, 2009) Using writing as a teaching strategy for math. Using writing as a teaching strategy for math. Graphic Organizers Graphic Organizers Proofs Proofs Writing reinforces rules and steps in math Writing reinforces rules and steps in math Writing can also build one’s confidence Writing can also build one’s confidence

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Blank Graphic Organizer: Rule: ___(from the notes and lectures)______Homework Problem:____________ Rule: ___(from the notes and lectures)______Homework Problem:____________ Rule/Step:____(from the rules, from the notes____Rewrite/solve Problem:____________ Rule/Step:____(from the rules, from the notes____Rewrite/solve Problem:____________ _________________________________ _________________________________ Rule/Step:____(from the rules, from the notes____Rewrite/solve Problem:____________ Rule/Step:____(from the rules, from the notes____Rewrite/solve Problem:____________ _________________________________ _________________________________ Rule/Step:____(from the rules, from the notes____Rewrite/solve Problem:____________ Rule/Step:____(from the rules, from the notes____Rewrite/solve Problem:____________ _________________________________ _________________________________ Homework Example: Rule: ___Subtracting numbers Homework Problem: 4-(-5)__________ Rule: ___Subtracting numbers Homework Problem: 4-(-5)__________ Rule/Step:___To subtract -5, add its opposite, + 5 Rewrite/solve Problem:_4+ (+5)_____ Rule/Step:___To subtract -5, add its opposite, + 5 Rewrite/solve Problem:_4+ (+5)_____ _________________________________ _________________________________ Rule/Step:____Adding numbers Rewrite/solve Problem:__4 +(+5) ____ Rule/Step:____Adding numbers Rewrite/solve Problem:__4 +(+5) ____ _________________________________ _________________________________ Rule/Step:____ to add numbers with same sign, Rewrite/solve Problem:__|4|+|5|=____ Rule/Step:____ to add numbers with same sign, Rewrite/solve Problem:__|4|+|5|=____ ___ add their absolute value___________ ___ add their absolute value___________ Rule/Step Use the sign of the numbers in answer __Rewrite/solve Problem: ____9________ Rule/Step Use the sign of the numbers in answer __Rewrite/solve Problem: ____9________ _________________________________ _________________________________ Graphic Organizers

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Important Ideas Learned Reading and writing are both vital to one’s ability to understand and do math. Reading and writing are both vital to one’s ability to understand and do math. The writing in proofs, graphic organizers, and justifying one’s answers are good mnemonic devices, or ways of remembering concepts The writing in proofs, graphic organizers, and justifying one’s answers are good mnemonic devices, or ways of remembering concepts It helps to reinforce the ideas and concepts It helps to reinforce the ideas and concepts

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Conclusion Although I am a math teacher and love math, I have found out that reading is the most important subject area. Although I am a math teacher and love math, I have found out that reading is the most important subject area. Reading is important in everyday life and is important to every subject or interest. Reading is important in everyday life and is important to every subject or interest. Without reading, it would be very hard to learn in any subject. Without reading, it would be very hard to learn in any subject.

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