Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Building Mathematical Comprehension 1-2

Happy Reading Bloggy Buds!

I'm a part of the Building Mathematical Comprehension Book Study (by Laney Sammons) and my chapter is coming up!

I thought I would share my thoughts on the first two chapters.

Chapter 1:

~The strategies we use for teaching reading should apply to ALL subjects-especially Math
~Good readers can be good mathematicians-they use the same skills
~We should be teaching Math the same way we teach Reading...the skills/strategies for learning are mirrored
~Need to explicitly model each new skill-going through the steps of introducing, explanation, practicing together and independent practice-just like reading
~Comprehension strategies for reading should be thought of as thinking strategies, as they apply to all learning and content areas
~Just like reading, they are thinking strategies that are good for before, during and after when doing Math
~Use the 4 C's - Conception, Connection, Construction, Comprehension

Chapter 2:

~Vocab instruction is just as important in Math as it is in Reading
~Teach Math Vocab just as you would teach Reading Vocab
~Choosing which words to teach/know is important-there are 3 types: Words already in oral language vocab; Words not in oral language vocab-but are labels for concepts they know; Words not in oral language that are new concepts
~Make it fun!
~Journal writing helps reinforce vocab learning-as well as helping synthesize/retain info
~Word Walls are note just for Math!
~Graphic Organizers are not just for Reading!
~Games are great tools for learning/reviewing (can I just say: duh!)

Chapter 3 soon to come!

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. This looks like a great book! I'll have to put it on my list.

    Come and link with me: anything you buy, sell, find, love, or make with dollar items. I would love see to see what you share!

  2. Great post Kaitlyn,
    I like how you covered all the main points. There was so much in both of the first chapters that it's nice to see it broken down so concisely.
    Thinking of Teaching


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