Introduction to Communication: Grades 3-5 (Math Process Standards Series)

Introduction to Communication: Grades 3-5 (Math Process Standards Series)

by Susan O'Connell



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325011066
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 02/19/2007
Series: Math Process Standards Series, Grades 3-5 Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

Susan O'Connell has decades of experience supporting teachers in making sense of mathematics and effectively shifting how they teach. As a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, and math coach, Sue knows what it's like in the classroom and her background is evident throughout her work as she unpacks best practices in a clear, practical, and upbeat way. She is the lead author of Math in Practice, a new grade-by-grade K-5 professional learning resource. She is also coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division. She served as editor of Heinemann's popular Math Process Standards series and also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It. Sue is a nationally known speaker and education consultant who directs Quality Teacher Development, an organization committed to providing outstanding math professional development for schools and districts across the country. Watch an introductory Math in Practice webinar, hosted by Sue. Click here to watch Sue talk about the links between reading and math. Connect with Sue on Twitter @SueOConnellMath

Table of Contents

Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
NCTM Standards and Expectations     xv
Introduction     1
Exploring the Role of Communication in Elementary Mathematics     5
Weighing the Benefits of Communicating About Math     6
Communication as Raising the Bar     9
Questions for Discussion     9
Setting the Stage for Communicating in Math Class     12
Creating an Environment in Which Communication Flourishes     12
Creating a Community of Learners     14
Language-Rich Classrooms     16
A Look at Student Work     16
Questions for Discussion     17
Providing a Context for Math Talk     19
The Role of Questioning     20
Problem Tasks to Get Them Talking     23
Manipulatives to Stimulate Conversations     24
Talking About Children's Literature     26
Ensuring Productive Talk     27
A Look at Student Work     27
Questions for Discussion     30
Orchestrating Math Talk     31
The Value of Whole-Class Discussions     31
Talk in Small Teacher-Led Groups     32
Student-to-Student Talk in Cooperative Groups     33
Talking Between Partners     41
The Power of Presentations     41
Individual Teacher-to-Student Chats     43
Differentiating Instruction Through Group and Partner Work     44
Listening to Student Talk     44
Examining Math Talk in Our Classrooms     46
Questions for Discussion     47
Developing the Language of Math     49
The Challenges of Math Vocabulary     49
Critical Components of Vocabulary Instruction     50
Building Vocabulary Through a Language-Rich Classroom     51
Introducing Math Vocabulary     52
Reviewing and Expanding Math Vocabulary     58
A Look at Student Work     63
Questions for Discussion     64
Writing to Learn and Learning to Write     66
The Benefits of Writing About Math     67
The Challenges of Writing About Math     68
How Can We Help?     68
A Blend of Content and Process     69
A Word About Scoring     69
Writing to Support Understanding     70
A Word About Communicating Through Illustrations     91
A Word About Communicating Through Examples     92
Math Journals      93
A Look at Student Work     94
Writing as an Essential Tool for Developing Math Understanding     98
Questions for Discussion     98
Supporting Students as They Write     99
Supporting Students Through Math Talk     99
Scaffolding Support     100
Differentiating Support     101
Clarifying Expectations     102
Feedback to Improve Writing     103
Support for Struggling Students     104
Encouraging Struggling Students     108
Adaptations for Students with Special Needs     108
Parent Support     109
A Look at Student Work     110
Creating Positive Attitudes About Math Writing     111
Questions for Discussion     112
Reading About Math     113
Reading Content Text     113
What Is Reading?     114
Before-, During-, and After-Reading Strategies     114
The Features of Content Text     119
Supporting Struggling Readers     122
A Look at Student Work     123
Questions for Discussion     123
Assessing Math Communication     124
Assessment and Communication     124
A Look at Varied Assessments     125
The Pros and Cons of Constructed-Response Assessments     128
The Unique Features of Writing About Math     130
The Role of Rubrics     131
The Value of More Specific Rubrics     133
Managing the Assessment of Math Writing     134
A Note About Language Mechanics     135
Writing About Math on Accountability Testing     135
A Look at Student Work     137
Questions for Discussion     139
Communication Across the Content Standards     140
Communicating About Number and Operations     141
Communicating About Algebra     144
Communicating About Geometry     151
Communicating About Measurement     155
Communicating About Data and Probability     158
Linking Communication and Math Content     161
Questions for Discussion     161
Conclusion     163
Resources to Support Teachers     167
References     171
About the CD-ROM     173

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