Math Literacy and the Common Core:  Writing Your Way to Understanding  Common Core Concepts  3rd and
Math Literacy and the Common Core is intended to help educators understand the link between literacy skills and learning math concepts. It addresses the misconception that math learning process is a journey resting on the shoulders of students and that it is up to students to determine whether or not math will be mastered. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. An abundance of research supports the assertion that teachers should be shouldering most of the math learning responsibility.

Thus, we must recognize…it is teachers who are responsible for student learning as well as for student success in mastering the standards.

This book is intended to be a roadmap for teachers to that end. It is a starting point for teachers to collaborate within their own geographic areas and determine authentic standards-based, hands-on lessons that will engage each set of students and move them toward math mastery. This collaboration, coupled with in-depth lesson study, is a key component for student learning.

Teachers collaborating and disaggregating lessons are keys to unlocking the doors to student mastery. Unfortunately, not enough emphasis is usually put on these keys. If our math programs are ever to be truly world class – this has to change.

The bottom line: the majority of students are not going to understand math until we, as teachers, learn to teach math differently. Let Math Literacy and the Common Core be your starting point to those ends.

Intended to be a workbook.

Table of Contents Layout 7
For Starters: The Student in the Classroom 9
Activities 11
Instructions for Activities 13
A Word About Math Vocabulary 14
Activity: Notes-on Pages 15
Activity: Vocabulary with Sample Script 19
Instructions for Pre-Writing Activity: Organization/Outline Game 21
Instructions for Pre-Writing Activity: Sentence Sorting 23
Instructions for Math Essay Writing 25
Instructions for Math Paragraph Template 28
Instructions for Activity: Four Step Solution Plan 30
Instructions for Pre-Writing Activity: Problem Structure Decoded 36
Instructions for Pre-Writing Activity: Math Concept Map 39
Instructions for Math in the Arts: Skit Template 41
Templates 47
Building Your Own Lessons 59
Common Core Third Grade with Template Support 65
Common Core Fourth Grade with Template Support 151
Must Knows for Mastering Math 251
Bibliography 284

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