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I thought this was a nice collection of websites with Math + Literacy Stratagies from

Math is highly conceptual and process-oriented, requiring that students are able to do more than copy and memorize facts. The goal is to construct meaning by applying skills such as questioning, predicting, examining, discussing, describing, and rationalizing. Reading and writing play a critical role in these processes. For example, students might be asked to explain, often in writing, mathematical procedures to demonstrate their knowledge. In doing so, they help strengthen their understanding of the underlying concepts. Students must also make sense of the technical vocabulary, complex information, and detailed directions contained in textbooks, articles, and documents such as graphs and charts. Without the necessary support, many students struggle to comprehend these specialized texts.

There are a number of activities and strategies that math teachers can use to help students enhance their literacy skills while building their abilities in math. To help math teachers meaningfully integrate
literacy strategies into their content area teaching, we include links to web sites that contain information about research-based instructional strategies, lesson plans, activities, resources, and teaching materials.

The following sites feature information and strategies for helping students develop the reading and writing skills needed for success in the math classroom.

Connections in Reading and Mathematics Instruction
This publication from the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands discusses how reading skills help students learn the "big ideas" or the important concepts in mathematics. The article outlines the connections between reading and mathematics instruction and provides numerous ideas for classroom activities.

Ask the Experts
On the Reading is Fundamental web site, Dr. Lettie Albright answers the question, "As a middle school math teacher I am wondering what I can do to help some of my struggling readers feel less intimidated by their math text book?"

The Mathematics and Reading Connection. ERIC Digest.
This ERIC digest affirms that success in reading and mathematics is based on process skills that incorporate the integration of contextual information with prior knowledge to produce meaning. It categorizes the necessary skills into four domains: construction, collaboration, context, and communication, and gives suggestions for how to integrate them into mathematics instruction.

Reforming Mathematics Instruction for ESL Literacy Students. ERIC Digest.
The importance of mathematics in the language development of English language learners is the focus of this ERIC digest. Included are the standards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), instructional strategies for literacy students, and methods for designing appropriate curricula.

Literacy Techniques in Math Content
This list of strategies is from USC ReadersPlus, the University of Southern California's version of the America Reads/America Counts Program.

Word Problem Solving Strategies
These strategies come from the web site. The goal of this math web site is to help elementary and middle school children boost their math problem solving and critical-thinking skills.

Writing Math
This page from Drexel University's web site contains a summary of the book, Writing Math by Joan Countryman, the head of the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island. Included are several key insights about the connection of writing and the development of skills in mathematics.


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