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A-B-C: It’s Easy as 1-2-3 to Make Math Alphabet Books

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A-B-C:  It’s Easy as 1-2-3 to Make Math Alphabet Books

Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

In this lesson, students write math alphabet books for each other to review math terminology.  They publish their books using the Alphabet Organizer app and then share their new books with their classmates.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Alphabet Organizer app:  Students will use this free app to create alphabet books to illustrate math terms.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Larson, Dix, and Townsend believe that providing opportunities for students to practice academic vocabulary is invaluable.  They predict such vocabulary exercises will ensure students achieve academic success.  They also suggest that vocabulary instruction must be active and engaging for students to “buy-in” to the importance of learning new words and concepts.  Likewise, Collier states that students must be engaged “in meaningful and varied activities to help cement these words into long-term memory” as well as to make connections to what they already know.  This lesson provides a unique method to review math content vocabulary, and it integrates technology so that students can become proficient with the tools of technology as supported by the NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies.

Larson, Lisa, Temoca Dixon, and Dianna Townsend. "How Can Teachers Increase Classroom Use of Academic Vocabulary." Voices in the Middle 20.4 (May 2013): 16-21.

 

Collier, Lorna.  “Effective Vocabulary Instruction.The Council Chronicle (March 2007). Web. 22 July 2013

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