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 –

- Make sure students know the vocabulary.

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

- Have students restate a problem and/or write it in their own words.

- Write about simple problems and activities.

- Use sentence starters.

- Let students talk about their answer before they write.

- 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.

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