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Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic

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Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic

Grades 1 – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • General classroom materials (blank white paper, crayons, pencils, construction paper for mounting or making covers for books, and chart paper and markers for shared writing)

  • List of read-aloud books that incorporate mathematics vocabulary and/or concepts into their stories [Note: Suggestions for discussion of books on the list are available at the lesson author's Website.]

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Stapleless Book

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Stapleless Book

The Stapleless Book can be used for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating vocabulary booklets . . . the possibilities are endless!


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Before launching into this activity, spend several days reading aloud to students from books which portray mathematical concepts and/or use mathematical vocabulary. Discuss the books informally, paying special attention to key mathematical terms and phrases that refer to quantities, sizes, and comparisons (e.g., any number words, big, small, more, less, some, many, huge, bigger than, smaller than, etc.). Begin charting this math vocabulary after each reading, adding to the same chart each day.

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