Now skip that same student ahead to sixth grade: He is now working with regrouping in a larger more complex way. He can’t just “borrow from a neighbor” when he is decomposing numbers. At this time, it at times is okay to “put the bigger number on the top” when working with negative numbers or decimals. So now, the student is frustrated that they no longer can depend on old habits and terms they have learned to depend on.
This is the importance of teaching the math language correctly, consistently, and from the beginning.
Math as a Language
When we are getting the students started with Eureka Math, it is important to remember that time is the foundation of the entire program. The words and phrases they learn will be the same language that they continue to be exposed to as they progress up each year. This is closely connected to how the templates remain consistent throughout the program as I described in detail in this article.
Important Terms to be Used Consistently
There are some important words to continue to use with the students as you teach new concepts. This will help support students as they progress through the program not to be confused learning the same concepts under different terms. Think of this math language as a strong point of the entire Eureka Math program.
Where to Find the Terms You Need for Each Unit
When begin a new unit, use the Teacher Edition Guide to help you set yourself up. It is helpful for you to know all of the terms used in the unit ahead so you are prepared and you are exposing the students to these terms frequently.
For example, in Grade 2 Module 4, you will find all of the terms under Module Overview. For this module it lists out the terms:
Even though these terms are given for this specific grade and module, you will find them to be very general and frequently used terms throughout many modules and grades.
Knowing how to use these resources will provide you a sense of strength in knowing where to look and what is the most important for you to use.
Having open communication with grade level teachers and teachers across grades is also a great way to be sure students are learning solid vocabulary that will continue to support them.
- Classroom Teacher
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