Math Sentence Starters for Meaningful Discourse

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K - 5th, Homeschool
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Supporting language and vocabulary development is crucial in the math classroom. Educators need to explicitly teach and pay attention to the quality of talk in the classroom. English Language Learners will be supported as well as all learners. This resource will help you keep mathematicians engaged in math conversations as they become proficient in "speaking math."

Any classroom that talks about strategies and solutions to math problems will benefit from this resource...kindergarten and beyond!


- 15 blackline speech bubbles

- 5 categories of talk: explanation, agreement, disagreement, elaboration, & clarification

Color code the speech bubbles by the different talking points when printing.

Affix the speech bubbles to wooden dowels or slats, rulers, or straws.

Place the speech bubbles in a container and pass them around to your students.

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Happy Talkin'!

Keywords: math talk, math sentence stems, math accountable talk

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