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ERIC Number: EJ794023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Helping Children with Words in Word Problems
Monroe, Eula; Panchyshyn, Robert
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v10 n4 p27-29 2005
The authors propose that word problems can serve as a context in which to learn mathematics concepts for elementary school students, providing a bridge for connecting classroom mathematics with real-world mathematics. This article focuses on the potential barrier to success that students may encounter because of the words, and subsequent contexts, in which the mathematics is embedded. Eight strategies for teachers include: (1) Remember the importance of teaching vocabulary in each mathematics lesson: (2) Assign fewer problems to allow students the time needed to explore the mathematics presented and develop alternate solutions; (3) Adapt the word problems provided in curriculum materials to use the names of people, places, and activities that are familiar to the specific classroom; (4) Develop word problems (and encourage students to do the same) about a book read in class, using characters, settings, and situations introduced in the selection; (5) Use sufficient words to provide meaningful context: (6) Develop word problems from content area reading selections; (7) Develop word problems from students' real-life experiences; and (8) Encourage children to write their own word problems or to rewrite textbook problems to reflect their interests and experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A