# Literacy and Math – Using Leveled Books

Here are some ideas for integrating math and literacy using leveled books

Look at the page numbers –

• Can students identify the page numbers?
• Can they say what number will be on the page before/after a page they are looking at?

Open the book to a page and ask the student to find another page.

• Do they know which way to turn the pages to look for the new page?

Is there anything in the illustration that students can count?

• How many will there be if there is one more?  One less?
• If there are 3 but you want 5, how many more will you need?

Ask students to count the words on the page.

• Where is the first word?  Where is the last word?
• What is the word before ______?  What is the word after ______?

Use the book as a context for writing a word problem. Use words and situations from the book.

All of these ideas can be done during math or literacy time to connect math and literacy instruction.

# Writing for Math

Writing is an important component of Language Arts instruction.The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) says that students should be able to –

• Organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication
• Communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others
• Analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others;
• Use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely.

NCTM Process Standards  http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=322

Why not incorporate writing into mathematics instruction? Here are some suggestions –

1. Make sure students know the vocabulary.

A Maths Dictionary for Kids  http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

1. Have students restate a problem and/or write it in their own words.
1. Write about simple problems and activities.
1. Use sentence starters.
1. Use shared problem solving and writing.

a)     Brainstorm possible strategies and/or solutions.

b)    Write possible strategies and solutions on the board.

c)     Allow students to work in teams.

d)    Pair strong/weak writers.

e)     Use interactive writing as a group.

# Teachers Notebook and Teachers Pay Teachers

• Number Words and Numerals
• Counting
• Structuring Numbers
• Place Value
• Multiplication and Division
• Money
• Telling Time
• Geometry
• Fractions