Shields, Daria; Findlan, Cinda; Portman, Cyndy
March 2005
Mathematics Teaching;Mar2005, Issue 190, p37
The article presents three effective methods of mathematics vocabulary instruction using best practices from literacy instruction. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, by the time students reach sixth grade (11-12 years) they should understand forty-three mathematical terms and concepts from the previous year. Among those terms are composite, congruent, equilateral, hypotenuse, isosceles, obtuse, scalene, and tessellation. When the journal recently asked a sample of these teachers about their methods of instruction for mathematical vocabulary, teachers came with statements, which indicated superficial instruction of mathematics vocabulary.


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