Why Have a Math Word Wall?
Why have a math word wall? More than any other subject, math builds on what is already known. The brain operates that way, too - attaching new information to the old. So how can a math word wall help?
A Math Word Wall Can Be Used To.......
Wait a minute - isn't "fluency" a reading term? Not if you are approaching math as a language. One look at a standardized math test should convince you that if kids don't know the language, they are pretty much paralyzed. They simply have to know the words.
sight word games
can be used with these walls, too. These games and activities don't have to take up much class time, either - 5 to 7 minutes - but when used daily they are a powerful tool for improving reading fluency in math.
Word Wall Families
Word Wall Super Heroes
using the math vocabulary on a math word wall. They are perfect activities for students to complete as they finish regularly scheduled tests.
Kids need to know the words, but they also need to know what they mean as well as understand the concepts they represent. So learning and remembering
is essential for success.
Collections of words on classroom walls are visible and available at all times. Once you begin pointing out the words as they come up in class discussions - better yet, once you have students point them out - it will become so much a part of your routine that you will wonder how you ever taught without them!
for reviewing concepts using the words don't take up much class time, either. And as math teachers, we know every minute counts! (Pun intended!!)
Contribute to a Brain-Friendly Learning Environment
Word walls are invaluable in creating a
that is pleasing to the brain. Using wall space for words, written on white index cards and placed parallel to the floor, may replace wall decorations that are distractions to the brain - especially the brains of boys.
All word walls need to be built together with children over time and used to
Commercially packaged products are just not the same! As they grow and are used daily in a variety of games and activities, they begin to provide a
for the learning taking place in the classroom. When referenced regularly in class, students perceive that there is a reason they are there. They are being used.
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