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What If Your ABCs Were Your 123s?
Building Connections Between Literacy and Numeracy

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June 2007 | 120 pages | Corwin

"Makes an interesting and thought-provoking contribution to the field of mathematics instruction. Looking at math and literacy as closely aligned language structures creates a need to rethink the strategies used for math instruction."
—Catherine Hernandez, Second-Grade Teacher
Detroit Public Schools, MI

"It's about time! Teaching literacy has been researched, written about, and rewritten so that it can be taught using the most effective methods for optimal learning. Little of this has transpired for mathematics. This book is very unique."
—Deborah Gordon, Third-Grade Teacher
Madison Simis School, Phoenix, AZ

Transform the way you think about and teach elementary-level mathematics!

While many teachers feel confident about their preparation and strategic repertoire for literacy instruction, some are less confident about their preparation and content depth for teaching math. Based on the idea that mathematics and reading are two subject areas more alike than different, What If Your ABCs Were Your 123s? illustrates the parallels between literacy and mathematics and helps elementary teachers take what they know about teaching literacy and apply that knowledge to strengthen their math instruction.

Designed for the primary and elementary levels, this practical handbook illustrates how teachers can deepen their own mathematical understanding and improve students' achievement by providing:

  • Teaching scenarios that model the crossover of strategies
  • Comprehension strategies to develop and strengthen students' grasp of foundational concepts
  • Instructional approaches to help students value mathematics and feel competent in their abilities to reason, solve problems, and communicate their thinking
  • Student work samples illustrating literacy and math connections

Gain a detailed, comprehensive understanding of the relationship between literacy and numeracy and significantly increase your effectiveness in mathematics instruction!


 
Dedication
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. What If?
 
2. What Do Good Readers and Mathematicians Look Like?
 
3. What Does Understanding Look Like?
 
4. How Do Students Apply Their Understanding of Numbers?
 
5. How Do Teachers Connect Ideas to Practice?
 
Resources

"Makes an interesting and thought-provoking contribution to the field of mathematics instruction. Looking at math and literacy as closely aligned language structures creates a need to rethink the strategies used for math instruction."

Catherine Hernandez, Second-Grade Teacher
Detroit Public Schools, MI

"It's about time! Teaching literacy has been researched, written about, and rewritten so that it can be taught using the most effective methods for optimal learning. Little of this has transpired for mathematics. This book is very unique in its contribution and premise."

Deborah Gordon, Third-Grade Teacher
Madison Simis School, Phoenix, AZ

"Elementary-level teachers and college-level education collections will find a blend of real-world teaching examples with strategies and instructional approach designed to illustrate and build upon fundamental math concepts, helping students not only learn math but the logic behind it."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

"Minton makes fascinating connections between reading and math. Strategies such as making connections, asking questions, determining importance, and inferring aid in decoding and comprehending both text and numbers."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008
School Library Journal
Key features

 

  • Provides fresh insight into the teaching of elementary math
  • Shows teachers how to use their strengths in reading instruction to improve their math teaching
  • Student work samples illustrate the literacy/numeracy connections
  • Teaching scenarios model the crossover of strategies from reading to math

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: What If?


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