Math Talk!

Jan 24, 2014

Mathematical Practice Standard #2 says: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively. Basically this means that we can use math in a Contextualized or Decontextualized ways.

  •  Contextualized= I can take numbers and put them into real world context
  • Decontextualized= I can take numbers out of context and work mathematically with them

We want students to:

  1. Create an understanding of the representation of the problem solved
  2. Consider the units involved
  3. Attend to the meaning of quantities
  4. Use properties to help solve problems

I find that by helping students create a story problem from a detailed picture they are able to take numbers and put them into words/real world context. A great resource to help young learners understand and apply this strategy is the book called:

Math Talk by Char Forsten & Torri Richards ($21.95 at Crystal Springs Books)

math talk


Using fanciful illustrations of nursery rhymes and thematic scenes, you will be able to:

  • engage young children in fun but focused discussions;
  • inspire them to create and share their own math stories;
  • establish home-school connections so children can “talk math” with parents and siblings;
  • differentiate instruction and scaffold content for diverse learners.

The book includes 16 full-color illustrations; these plus 4 bonus pieces are also available as Web downloads. Sure to capture young imaginations!

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