Making Connections

We know how important it is for students to make connections when they are reading.  In her book, Building Mathematical Comprehension (, 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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