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Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Mathematics, Grades 3–5
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Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Mathematics, Grades 3–5
Promoting Content and Language Learning

Foreword by Judit Moschkovich



March 2013 | 200 pages | Corwin

Help your students unlock important mathematical concepts!

If you’ve ever watched a student struggle with learning math concepts, you know that academic English can sometimes create stumbling blocks to understanding. To grasp complicated concepts, build skills, and demonstrate achievement, students need to master academic language in math.

The Common Core and ELD standards provide pathways to academic success through academic language. Using an integrated Curricular Framework, districts, schools and professional learning communities can:

  • Design and implement thematic units for learning
  • Draw from content and language standards to set targets for all students
  • Examine standards-centered materials for academic language
  • Collaborate in planning instruction and assessment within and across lessons
  • Consider linguistic and cultural resources of the students
  • Create differentiated content and language objectives
  • Delve deeply into instructional strategies involving academic language
  • Reflect on teaching and learning

Each grade-specific chapter models the types of interactions and learning experiences that help students master both math content and academic language. This essential book shows you why mastery of academic language is the key to students’ academic success.

“With growing numbers of English Language Learners in our classrooms, teachers need to be able to help students as they learn academic vocabulary and concepts. This series offers teachers a practical support, complete with abundant rubrics and detailed plans for teaching math vocabulary!”
—Renee Peoples, Teacher
Swain County Schools, Bryson City, NC

 
Foreword by Judit N. Moschkovich
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Editors
 
1. Academic Language: A Foundation for Academic Success in Mathematics by Margo Gottlieb and Gisela Ernst-Slavit
 
CCSS for Mathematics and Related Academic Language
 
2. Grade 3: What Time Is It? by Judith B. O'Loughlin
 
3. Grade 4: Who Needs Fractions? by Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Margo Gottlieb, and David Slavit
 
4. Grade 5: Algebra Describes the World! by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Rose M. Glasser, and Tricia A. Bronger
 
Glossary
 
Index

“With growing numbers of English Language Learners in our classrooms, teachers need to be able to help students as they learn academic vocabulary and concepts. This series offers teachers a practical support, complete with abundant rubrics and detailed plans for teaching math vocabulary!”

Renee Peoples, Teacher
Swain County Schools, Bryson City, NC

“With the many visuals, charts, activity suggestions, and examples of student-teacher conversations, this series is a real-world resource for teachers.”

Deb Bible, Literacy/Math Interventionist
Dundee Highlands Elementary School, West Dundee, IL

“The importance of academic language is often overlooked, or educators assume that students have a solid understanding of it. This series neatly explains why it is vital and demonstrates how it is possible to focus on vocabulary instruction that doesn’t take away from the conceptual lesson, but actually enhances it.”

Julie Duford, Teacher
Polson Middle School, MT

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 3: Grade 4: Who Needs Fractions?


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