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What's the Big Deal about Vocabulary?

In his 8-page article Dunston and Tyminski discuss the importance of directly teaching math vocabulary, why this may differ from vocabulary instruction in other content areas, and methods for math vocabulary instruction. The methods for math vocabulary instruction addressed in this article include: The Frayer Model, Four Square, and Feature Analysis. While the scenarios presented in this article deal with middle school students these strategies can be applied to upper elementary students.
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Contributed by: Pamela J. Dunston - Author, Andrew M. Tyminski - Author, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 6Common Core’s Mathematical Practice 6, Attend to Precision, calls for students to be clear in their reasoning, calculation, and communication through the precise use of words, symbols, units of measure, mathematical expressions, and processes. Students recognize various levels of precision and apply them appropriately; they calculate accurately and efficiently. These resources are intended to help teachers and math specialists understand the intent and scope of MP 6 and plan for successful attainment in the classroom. A companion Classroom collection, Implementing CCSS Practice Standard 6, includes resources to help teachers foster this practice with their students.
Math TopicMathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeReference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorPamela J. Dunston - Author, Andrew M. Tyminski - Author, The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
    • Publication Date2013-08
    • RightsCopyirhgt (c) 2013 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc
      http://www.nctm.org/about/content.aspx?id=8854
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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