Here is a familiar scenario. Your students know what the word "slide" means, but unfortunately the state assessment uses the word "translation" instead. Consequently, all of your students miss the question. How frustrating!
When you use the identical math vocabulary that assessments utilize, your students will succeed. This is why the math vocabulary contained in this handout is not randomly chosen. It consists of words regularly found on local, state and national assessments.
The 69 page booklet is arranged to be teacher friendly. First, an explanation of the new word to be introduced is given plus a brief lesson plan or activity idea. Secondly, there are two pages that complement the vocabulary word. One gives the definition of the math word; the second gives examples and/or asks questions about the definition. These two pages can be laminated and made into small posters for the classroom. The booklet starts with geometry words since Geometry is usually the last chapter in the math book and is often skimmed over or overlooked. It is suggested that as a new math word is added to your classroom word wall that the old ones remain for review and re-examination.
If you begin using the Word Wall in October, and introduce and practice just one math word a week, your students will be prepared for the BIG tests which usually occur in March or April. There are 23 weeks of words plus five additional words appropriate for the upper grades. Also included in the back of this booklet is an extensive nine page math vocabulary list as well as eight samples of "graphic" math vocabulary words.
Although the booklet is copyrighted, you have permission to copy and use it for instructional purposes with students.