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Creating a Language-Rich Math Class: Strategies and Activities for Building Conceptual Understanding (Paperback)
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Creating a Language-Rich Math Class: Strategies and Activities for Building Conceptual Understanding (Paperback)

Paperback 119 Pages / Published: 08/10/2015
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What meanings do your students have for key mathematics concepts? What meanings do you wish them to have? Creating a Language-Rich Math Class offers practical approaches for developing conceptual understandings by connecting concrete, pictorial, verbal, and symbolic representations. The focus is on making mathematics memorable instead of on memorizing.

You'll learn strategies for introducing students to math language that gives meaning to the terms and symbols they use everyday; for building flexibility and precision in students' use of math language; and for structuring activities to make them more language-rich.

Book Features:

Detailed directions for sample games and activities for immediate classroom use;

Investigations to Try and Questions for Reflection to assist in implementing these ideas into your practice;

Graphic organizer for helping students first understand, solve, and defend their solutions to word problems;

Blackline masters of game cards and puzzles (also available at

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138916296
Number of pages: 119
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 13 mm


"Having worked with Dr. Atkins in an elementary math classroom, I observed how her approach built conceptual understandings and mathematical connections for students. These practices build the foundation for true mathematical proficiency." --Dana McCauley, Ed.D., Teaching Principal, Crellin Elementary School, MD

"If you want to get to the root cause of students' misconceptions, misunderstandings and disconnects associated with their mathematical thinking, this book is your go-to-guide. This powerful resource doesn't offer rules, gimmicks, or tricks to help in sustaining students understanding, but rather provides clear and precise strategies and investigations that will help with creating and navigating a language-rich classroom. The use of this well-organized and detailed book will certainly result in learning for all stakeholders in the classroom, students as well as teachers." --Melinda Hamilton, Instructional Coach of Professional Development Services and Former Secondary Math Teacher of Orange County Public Schools, FL

"This book shows the importance of listening--really listening--to what students tell us are their understandings of mathematics. The strategies Dr. Atkins shares for gaining this important information are described in such detail that it's easy to envision using them. I'll recommend this easy read to teachers often in the coming years." --Lori Williams, Ph.D., K-12 Math Specialist, Manitowoc Public School District, WI

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