I learned these two activities at an NCTM presentation by Susan D. Rogalski and Patsy F. Kanter.
- Give students a non-fiction reading selection and a highlighter. (We used a page from the newspaper.) The students don’t need to be able to read the selection because all they are doing is highlighting the numerals. If students can read the selection, they can highlight other math words.
- Give students a non-fiction reading selection, at their reading level, that has the numerals and math words blacked out. At the bottom of the page, or on another page, provide a word bank with the words that have been blacked out. For example, I’ve attached a passage with purple highlighting. The highlighted sections will be blacked out and at the bottom of the page, or on another page, the students will have a list of the words and numerals that have been blacked out. Students read the passage and fill in the appropriate numeral or math words. Highlighted Nonfiction Passage