This resource has three unique graphic organizers to use in your math classes. Each is designed for a specific purpose, whether it is to boost use of academic language, solve word problems, or to help with procedural writing. Detailed teacher's instructions help you to get the most out of your students' writing! There is also an editable version so that you can put your problems directly onto the graphic organizers. Saving you time in the classroom!
Many students and teachers struggle when it comes to writing in math class. Often, the problem is that the students do not have the time to think and organize their thoughts. Graphic organizers help all students (but especially help those with differentiated needs (ELLs, Spec Ed.) write because it gives them a clear map of how to achieve success. These graphic organizers were designed to help the students both with solving math problems and constructing written explanations of their work.
Using these in conjunction with “Think, Pair, Shares” or Partner discussions will further build your students’ math and writing fluency. Before you attempt each problem, give the students 1-2 minutes to fill out the appropriate graphic organizer. This allows the individual student time to construct their own plan before having to share with a peer. After the time has passed, have the students share their ideas with a partner. This gives each student a chance to justify their thinking, bringing on higher level thinking skills. Gives the child a chance to revise their thinking or to affirm their choices and finally gives them the confidence to solve the problem. It also allows you, the teacher to check their plan before they begin. (Practice Makes Permanence)
Once the students have completed the graphic organizer, shared their plan and solved their problem. They should have little trouble using the graphic organizer to construct their written explanation.