This Common Core Math Vocabulary book is meant to be an interactive way to teach vocabulary concepts to students. I am continually trying to improve vocabulary instruction in the classroom. One thing that I always struggled with is how to balance which words should be taught directly and how to help students gain understanding rather than just copying definitions. I have used math dictionaries in the classroom before, where students write a definition for the word and draw an example. This was helpful, but it was an independent activity rather than a whole class activity. This resulted in some students getting more out of the assignment than others. I chose the vocabulary words based on the standards and words students need in order to comprehend each standard. If the students use visual models and are able to explain all the words in the vocabulary book, they have a better chance at mastery of each standard.
I am going to make this into a bound spiral that will be given to the students at the beginning of the year. The Common Core Math Vocabulary book has colorful pages that mark each section of standards. Due to the cost of color ink, I am not printing those for the student books so I created black and white templates that can be printed for students. You may print all the vocabulary pages or just those that are relevant to your units of study. I organized the book based on the Common Core State Standards, but I am going to print my booklet so that it aligns more closely with my math units. For example, I will place Number and Operations Base Ten before Operations and Algebraic Thinking.
I am including one example of what a finished page in the book will look like when it is completed. However, the intent of the book is for the students to help lead and contribute to a discussion about each word. I will make myself a book to project using the document camera. I will ask students for prior knowledge and help them expand on what they know. I will also have students lead instruction and write examples for the class as a way to extend their thinking. The students will refer to text for definitions, generate their own definitions of words to support meaning and draw visual models for each concept.
I have really benefited from using anchor charts, or interactive posters, in the classroom. The students take more ownership in something they helped create. They tend to refer to the anchor charts more often than pre-made posters. I will use the Common Core Math Vocabulary Book along with anchor charts to teach math concepts (specifically vocabulary) in my classroom.
The spiral that I am creating for my students will be two-sided. The front side of the pages will be the Common Core Math Vocabulary Book. The back of the pages will be Common Core Problem Solving Book. I am going to print the back upside down so that when you turn the book over it is a problem-solving book.
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