Mathematical Literacy in the Middle and High School GradesA Modern Approach to Sparking Student Interest
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Mathematical Literacy in the Middle and High School Grades gives future and current middle and high school classroom teachers the concepts and practical, hands-on suggestions, activities, lesson plans, skills, and tools they need to enhance and enrich their students’ mathematics learning. From its opening overview of the theory behind a variety of new strategies for teaching math to its everyday, concrete assistance, the book helps teachers find and use engrossing ways to introduce math concepts through stories, using hands-on activities to reinforce the concepts. Included are ready-to-use activities busy teachers can incorporate “as is” or adapt to fit their particular classrooms and their students’ individual needs.
Why This Book and Why These Authors
How to Use this Book
Section I: Mathematical Literacy
Chapter 1. Exploring the Porous Boundary Between Doing Mathematics and Understanding Text
Introduction to Mathematical Literacy
Sidebar: Notes on Standards of Practice Used in This Text
Tiny Children Love to Count—Where Do We Lose them?
One Text, Many Lessons in Math Literacy
Co-teaching with Computer Educators to Enhance Word Analysis Assignments
Ordinal Numbers, Cardinal Numbers, Numerals, and Other Words Expressing Quantity
Geometry—The Shape of Things
A Question of Time
What’s the Likelihood of Finding Math in Your Pleasure Reading?
Looking for Mathematical Text in Your Student’s World
Classroom Discussion Questions for Artifacts
Helping Students Find Math in Unexpected Places
Lesson Plan 1-1: Interested in Getting Rich? --An investigation of simple interest, compound interest, and exponential functions based on Artifacts
Chapter 2. Reading Strategies: Making Meaning of Text
How Does Reading Mathematics Differ From Other Kinds of Reading?
How Can We Help Students Make Meaning From Mathematical Text?
Prior Knowledge: An Experiment
Using Reading Activities to Enhance Student Understanding
Reading Guide: Alice in Wonderland
Lesson Plan 2-1: The Universal Book of Mathematics Vocabulary Squares
Lesson Plan 2-2: Red Blazer Girls Multi-Column Journal
Section II: Exploring Mathematical Text
Chapter 3. Introduction—Fiction and Mathematical Literacy: Finding Universal Truths in Made-Up Stories
Mathematics Is Everywhere, Even in Fairy Tales
Comments from the Classroom by Alyson Lischka
Finding Math Where You Least Expect It by Mary Anna Evans
Annotated Bibliographies - Fiction
Fiction Recommended for Middle Grade Classes
Fiction Recommended for High School Classes
Lesson Plan 3-1: The Wrong Ratio Can Be Deadly: An Investigation of Ratios based on Effigies
Chapter 4. Nonfiction: The Place Where True Stories and Mathematics Intersect
Annotated Bibliography of Nonfiction Books Suitable for Middle and High School Classes
Using Technology to Explore Other Nonfiction Formats
Textbox 1: One Blogger’s Perception of the Beauty of Math by Brent Yorgey
Annotated Bibliography of Mathematical Blogs
Nonfiction in the Math Classroom
Lesson Plan 4-1: “Grappling Over Grades” Anticipation Guide
Lesson Plan 4-2: Archimedes R.A.F.T.
Chapter 5. Picture Books: Where Math, Text, and Illustrations Collide
Textbox 1: Cindy Neuschwander and Sir Cumference
Textbox 2: Fibonacci in Nature by Sarah Campbell
Activity: Sketching (or Eating) Your Way Through the Text with The Lion’s Share
Annotated Bibliography of Picture Books for the Middle and High School Grades
Lesson Plan 5-1 - Anticipation Guide for Reflections in Nature by Jane Yolen
Section III: Literacy and Mathematics in the Culture
Chapter 6. Poetry and Music: A Most Mathematical Approach to Words
Math and Meter
Math as a Springboard to Verbal Creativity
“Midsummer” by Mary Anna Evans
“the curvature of spacetime” by Johnny Masiulewicz
Poetry for Poetry’s Sake
Loving Words the Way Zero Loves One by Lola Haskins
Activity 6-1: Poetry Counts
Activity 6-2: Fractions, Poetic Meter, and Spoken English
Activity 6-3: Relating Vibrational Frequency to Pitch with Ratios
Activity 6-4: Rhythm and Language—Bringing Poetry, Music, and Mathematics Together
Activity 6-5: Catenaries, Large and Small—Visual Calculus
Chapter 7. Environmental Print: Math in Daily Life
Definition of Environmental Print
Where to Find Environmental Print
Ideas for Using Environmental Print in Class
Level 1: Practicing Problems
Level 2: Constructing Knowledge About Problem Solving
Level 3: Thinking Critically About Mathematics and Literacy
A Level 1 Example—Checking the Fine Print for Ways to Practice Mathematical Skills
A Level 1 Hands-On Activity: Find the Math in this Simulated Frequent Buyer Program
A Level 2 Example—Assembling Knowledge As It Pertains To Citizenship…The Impact of Polls on Elections
A Level 2 Hands-On Activity: A Poll Is Only As Good As The Questions Asked
A Level 3 Example—Think Critically About Research Studies: Do Statistics Lie?
A Level 3 Hands-On Activity: How Can Two Contradictory Studies Be True?
So what? Using math to make people care
Chapter 8. Mathematics and the Electronic Culture: Social Media, Gaming, and Reality Shows
A Word About Constant Change: How Will You Deal With It Over the Course of Your Career?
Games and Their Relationship to Math
Simulation Games: The Algebra Connection
Ratios and Rates
Other opportunities to enhance literacy using computer gaming
Geometry in computer gaming
Television Reality Shows
Lesson Plan 8-1: Tweets that Go On Forever and Ever…
Lesson Plan 8-2: What Can Reality Shows Teach Us About American Electoral Politics?
Chapter 9. Conclusion
Chapter 10. Appendices
Appendix A: Selections from Artifacts
Appendix B: A Concordance of the Words Used in the Opening Passages of Artifacts, by Mary Anna Evans
Future and in-service teachers see how to incorporate reading into mathematics content through a variety of well-researched approaches.
Educators get a well-rounded approach to the teaching of mathematics through the development of literacy skills. They benefit from the combination of the theory behind the variety of new strategies for teaching math and the practical, day-to-day, hands-on assistance provided.
Busy teachers save time on lesson planning with the book’s numerous high-quality, ready-to-use classroom activities that explore the relationship between mathematics and literacy—activities they can use “as is” or adapt to their own particular classrooms and student needs.
The need for extensive research into what books to incorporate is eliminated by the authors’ extensive bibliographies of prescreened books well suited for the mathematics classroom. (See chapters 3, 4, and 5)
Students and teachers benefit from the authors’ varied, wide-ranging experience and education in literacy, pedagogy, and mathematics. Together they offer a unique combination of skills and experience.
Faith H. Wallace, Ph.D., is a Professor of Literacy who specializes in bringing reading into the non-literature classroom. She is the author of a book on reading mathematics, and she has written a number of national peer-reviewed papers and presented at local, state, regional, and national conferences. A reading specialist, she has worked extensively with the University System of Georgia's Reading Consortium, helping support the diverse reading needs of Georgia's students. This has given her a wide-ranging knowledge of the professional development of reading teachers, as well as an understanding of reading in the content areas. Dr. Wallace has a particular research interest in reading in the mathematics classroom.
Mary Anna Evans is a licensed professional engineer, an experienced educator, and the award-winning author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries: Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, and Plunder. Her education in physics and engineering, as well as her passion for reading and writing, has resulted in a dual career as a novelist who also writes on math and science education. When a cell phone drops from a tall tower in one of her books, yet is still functional afterward, the physics explaining why this is possible is feathered into the narrative accurately, yet so gently that the explanation reads as story, not as instruction. Math educators have recognized this attention to detail as an opportunity to bring reading materials that students enjoy, like mystery fiction, into the mathematics classroom. Ms. Evans speaks frequently on math and science literacy to both students and educators.