10-second review: Many words in mathematics have a general meaning, but also a math-specific meaning. Teachers need to focus on the meaning in math of these words. Examples of such words follow.
Title: “Designing Vocabulary Instruction in Mathematics.” Me Pierce and LM Fontaine. Reading Teacher (November 2009), 239-243. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).
Examples of words with general meanings and more specific meanings in math: key, pattern, rule, another way, area, shade, true, belongs, foot/feet, kind, match, model, order, problem, result, ruler, table.
The complete article provides a chart with the general meaning and the math-specific meaning of each of these words.
Comment: Don’t assume students know how to apply these words in math. RayS.
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