PreAlgebra Out Loud: Learning Mathematics Through Reading and Writing ActivitiesISBN: 9780470539491
208 pages
November 2012, JosseyBass

Description
Learning to read and write efficiently regarding mathematics helps students to understand content at a deeper level. In this third book in the popular math 'Out Loud' series, Mower provides a variety of reading and writing strategies and activities suitable for elementary and middle school prealgebra courses, covering such key skills as integers and exponents, fractions, decimals and percents, graphing, statistics, factoring, evaluating expressions, geometry and the basics of equations.
 Includes dozens of classroom tested strategies and techniques
 Shows how reading and writing can be incorporated in any math class to improve math skills
 Provides unique, fun activities that will keep students interested and make learning stick
This important guide offers teachers easytoapply lessons that will help students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
1 The Basic Tools of Algebra 1
MiniLesson 1.1 The Big Ideas of Algebra 2
Activity 1.1 The Writing Is on the Wall 4
Activity 1.2 Semantic Word Maps 7
Activity 1.3 Math Glossary 10
Activity 1.4 Concept Circles 12
MiniLesson 1.2 Solving Simple Equations 16
Activity 1.5 Math Story 18
Activity 1.6 Algorithm Writing 20
Activity 1.7 OneMinute Summary 23
2 Exploring Infinite Sets 25
MiniLesson 2.1 Infinite Sets 26
Activity 2.1 Magic Square 28
Activity 2.2 OneMinute Summary 33
MiniLesson 2.2 Properties of the Real Numbers 34
Activity 2.3 Graphic Organizers 38
Activity 2.4 Reading Math Symbols 41
Activity 2.5 Math Glossary 43
Activity 2.6 Semantic Feature Analysis 45
Activity 2.7 In Your Own Words: A Paraphrasing Activity 49
3 Topics in Integers 53
MiniLesson 3.1 Egyptian Multiplication 54
Activity 3.1 The Writing Is on the Wall 57
Activity 3.2 Concept Cards 59
Activity 3.3 Frayer Model 61
MiniLesson 3.2 Integral Exponents 64
Activity 3.4 What’s My Rule? 67
Activity 3.5 ComparisonandContrast Matrix 70
Activity 3.6 Knowledge Ratings 74
4 Number Theory 77
MiniLesson 4.1 Divisibility Rules 78
Activity 4.1 Number Riddles 81
Activity 4.2 In Your Own Words: A Paraphrasing Activity 84
Activity 4.3 Magic Square 86
MiniLesson 4.2 Greatest Common Denominator and Least Common Multiple 89
Activity 4.4 Semantic Feature Analysis 93
5 Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 99
MiniLesson 5.1 Pizza Math 100
Activity 5.1 What’s My Rule? 102
Activity 5.2 Writing Prompts 104
MiniLesson 5.2 Conversions 106
Activity 5.3 ComparisonandContrast Matrix 108
Activity 5.4 Semantic Word Maps 111
6 Equations and Inequalities 115
MiniLesson 6.1 Solving Multistep Equations 116
Activity 6.1 In Your Own Words: A Paraphrasing Activity 118
Activity 6.2 Method of Operation 121
MiniLesson 6.2 Solving Linear Inequalities 123
Activity 6.3 Translating Words into Algebra 126
Activity 6.4 Writing Word Problems 128
Activity 6.5 Math Glossary 131
Activity 6.6 Biographies of Algebraists 133
7 Visualizing Algebra by Graphing Lines 137
MiniLesson 7.1 The xyPlane and Lines 138
Activity 7.1 Muddiest Point 141
Activity 7.2 Reading and Understanding Graphs 143
Activity 7.3 KWL 146
MiniLesson 7.2 The Slope of a Line 149
Activity 7.4 Semantic Feature Analysis 151
Activity 7.5 Anticipation Guide 154
8 Geometry 157
MiniLesson 8.1 Plane Figures 158
Activity 8.1 Geometric Figure Description 161
Activity 8.2 Semantic Feature Analysis 165
MiniLesson 8.2 Pyramids and Prisms 168
Activity 8.3 Writing a Method of Operation 170
Activity 8.4 Math Story 175
Activity 8.5 In Your Own Words: A Paraphrasing Activity 179
Activity 8.6 Biographies of Geometers 181
References 185
Author Information
Pat Mower, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, prepares??teachers to teach mathematics in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. She is the author of Geometry Out Loud and Algebra Out Loud.