At the beginning of each lesson, teach the new math vocabulary words first. Provide examples, use descriptions, and even pictures. This front loading or giving the full experience of the new language will provide students a way to understand the new math terms and how to use them.
One awesome resource is the Module Overview such as Math-g2-m2-full-module.pdf. You will find a section that says Terminology. This will provide new words that will be used in this module. Use those words to focus on with your students before you dive into the module. The experience the students have with these words ahead of time will give them a strong understanding of what the math concepts are when they begin to practice.
Techniques to Teach New Vocabulary
There are many ways you can give your students a strong experience with the new words they will need in a module. Here are some fun strategies to get students exposed to the new math words.
Another strong way to make meaning of new words is to provide the real connection of what that word means in physical form. When introducing new words, allow students to touch the items if you have them available. The more connections between physical, visual, and oral experiences students have with vocabulary words, the more strong the connections will be.
After students have had adequate experience with the new words, provide students opportunities to talk with partners using these words in context. The students who have a strong understanding will be able to aid the students who are still having a tough time making
connections by providing conversations around the new terms. When students are using the terms in conversations, they will begin to understand the words more.
English Language Learners
All these techniques are great ways to immerse students who are learning English as a second language. These strategies help create a whole learning environment around new terms. These are great ways to support all of the learners in your classroom.
When introducing new math terms, it is important to remember that students will not be able to internalize those terms and make meaning of them just by hearing them or seeing them once. Create entire experiences for the whole class to enjoy. This will also make math more fun!
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