Integrate language arts into your math class!
THIEVES is a pre-reading strategy used for previewing informational texts. It is most commonly used in language arts, social studies, and science during nonfiction units of study to teach students how to identify and use informational text features. I have adapted the strategy for use with math textbooks by making some minor changes to the acronym.
This document includes a two-page graphic organizer with plenty of writing space. Use the graphic organizer to help students become familiar with the organization and key features of their textbook, to build background knowledge before beginning a new chapter, and to address the ELA Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects.
I like to have the students work independently for about ten minutes. Then, I put them into groups of three for accountable talk huddles to discuss their thinking and continue with their preview of the chapter. The discussion piece really helps with activating prior knowledge.
***UPDATED 3/5/2015 - Now also includes a link to use the graphic organizer as a Google Doc.