Informational Text & Mathematical Practices Resources

The reading of Informational Text and the teaching of the 8 Mathematical Practices through multiple content areas are the two points of focus for our Bay Village District Goals. Throughout the next 3 years, we will be working together to build our knowledge of instructional strategies that support these goals, including the use of Close Reading to help students look more deeply at complex informational text.  Our district commitment to Assessment for Learning and good Formative Instructional Practices will also help us to reach our goals.

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Vocabulary and Close Reading Strategies 

March 7, 2014 Inservice - Close Reading The 8 Mathematical Practices

Inservice Resources:

Scratch Animation - The 8 Mathematical Practices ( Developed by Mary Jane Hull, Feb 2014) This animation is an introduction to the key words of the Mathematical Practices. The free Scratch program is web based []  The process of developing a Scratch animation allows students to apply all 8 of the mathematical practices.  Set up a Scratch account and learn more about it

Presentation slides as .jpg files for download:
  • This includes the definition of the 8 Mathematical Practices from the CCSS, and the Mathematics and Sense Making Skills Table (p 20-25) from the Council of Chief State School Officers. (2012). Framework for English Language Proficiency Development  Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.  Washington, DC: CCSSO.
  • After reading the definition of the math practice standard, look at the Mathematics and Sense Making Skills Table below. These are the functional language skills students need in order to apply this mathematical practice "thinking" strategy to their work.  
    • Which of these skills might you already be focusing on in your course?
    • Which of these skills might your students needs extra practice or support to develop or improve upon?
2. Glenview/Normandy/Westerly - Linking Literacy and Mathematics: The Support for Common Core Standards for the Mathematical Practice. Dr. Mary Swanson and Dr. Martha Parrott Feb. 2013.
  • We all "close read" the first 2 pages of the article - which focuses on the mathematical practices and how to select children's literature that supports these practices.
    • Each group had the chance to then focus on one of the mathematical practices. Children's books referenced in the article were out on the tables. If you are interested in looking more closely at the books, let Char know - she has many of them at the BOE. A complete list of books and website resources is at the end of the article.
    • How can we shift our thinking away from the "math" side of the mathematical practices and start to apply these thinking skills in other content areas?
    • How can we use children's literature as the jumping off point for teaching students to be better problem solvers etc.?
3. FLARE Language Functions - Mapped to Mathematical Practices  (pg 74, 76-80) taken from the Council of Chief State School Officers. (2012). Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Washington, DC: CCSSO. 
  • The FLARE Language Functions resource is a good starting point for thinking about what skills might need to be embedded in your teaching in order for students to be able to approach their learning through the mathematical practices.
  • How might you use the [check] list of basic skills like identifying, compare/contrast to differentiate for students? 
  • How might you use the [check] list of skills to design a lesson or activity?

4. Venn Diagram of Mathematical Practices, English Practice and Science Practices [Based on the work of Cheuk, T. (2013). Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices. Refined version of diagram created by the Understanding Language Initiative for ELP Standards. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University.] - with noted connections to Social Studies, Fine Arts, World Languages, Phys Ed/Health, Tech, Business and Family Consumer Science Skills.

Cover of the Post-it Note Pack
Chunk material
Look for new vocabulary
Organize your thinking Search for key ideas
Engage with the author

Information on Frayer Models - One strategy for teaching vocabulary in context as part of Close Reading.

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