Friday, August 10, 2012

Math Vocabulary: Graphic Organizers and Movement

Vocabulary in the math classroom can sometimes be challenging for students. Look at the chart below to see how math vocabulary can be looked at through different lenses.
Math vocabulary can have multiple meanings. Think about the word gross. A math gross (noun) is very different than a gross (adjective) mess. Some vocabulary words are specific to math so repeated exposure outside the math classroom might not often happen. Outside of the context of math, where have you seen the word algebra used? Whether through explicit or implicit instruction, students can benefit from vocabulary instruction that takes on multiple modalities.

When introducing math vocabulary, try using a graphic organizer. The Frayer model lends itself to differentiated math instruction. It also helps to represent words in more than one way. Click on the image to grab a copy. There are differentiated versions for the different learners in your classroom.

Memory for learning can be enhanced by utilizing movement for instructional purposes. The movement increases sensory input to the brain. (Wolfe 2001) Try adding movement activities to teach and review math vocabulary. If you click on the image below, you can find four different ways you can incorporate movement into the math classroom while teaching/reviewing vocabulary. These activities can be used as a "brain break" to get students up and moving while still learning! Use words that are part of your Math Word Wall to review. If you have other ideas of movement activities that can be used with vocabulary, please share! 

1 comment :

  1. I love using graphic organizers to teach vocabulary and I love your ideas to use movement when teaching vocabulary.