Making Connections

We know how important it is for students to make connections when they are reading.  In her book, Building Mathematical Comprehension (http://www.amazon.com/Building-Mathematical-Comprehension-Laney-Sammons/dp/1425807895), Laney Sammons says that students should also make connections when doing math.  Barb Nelson, from the Printing and Graphics department in ISD 196, has created a visual that shows the kinds of math connections we want students to make.

Click below to download a PDF of the visual –

our circles of connections

  • Math to my life – What are your students interested in?  Use their names and interests when you present problems.
  • Math to other math I know – Connect new learning to what students already know.  It can be something as simple as, “if you know 1+1=2 then what does 1+2 equal?” “If you know there are 4 quarters in a dollar, then what is 4X25?”
  • Math to the world and other subjects – Students often wonder, “When will I use this?” Ask students to be on the look out for math in Science, Social Studies, Health, etc.  Have them ask their parents how they use math.
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