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ERIC Number: EJ868545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Integrating Literature to Support the Development of Mathematics in Middle School
Koellner, Karen; Wallace, Faith H.; Swackhamer, Lyn
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n2 p30-39 Nov 2009
Integrating mathematics and literacy creates opportunities to introduce new vocabulary, make connections among abstract concepts, and showcase ways that mathematics applies across curriculum. In addition, integrating multicultural literature in the mathematics classroom can provide familiar contexts for culturally diverse students and it can present content from various viewpoints. This can help students develop cultural awareness and sensitivity as it strengthens their mathematical content knowledge and literacy skills. One possible reason teachers have difficulty integrating mathematics and literacy is the perceived lack of materials recommended and readily available to middle grades teachers. In this article, the authors identify a wealth of short stories, novels, and texts that not only represent rich language but also complex mathematical thought. For the purpose of this article, the authors focus on literature that could be easily integrated into mathematics classrooms. They developed a framework for classifying texts based on the complexity of the mathematics content, and they have organized their discussion according to this framework. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A