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Draw a Math Story: From the Concrete to the Symbolic


  • Aug 19 2010 6:18 PM

    Robert Preston

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  • Aug 7 2010 7:30 PM

    Mary Kay Monson


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This ReadWriteThink activity begins with the reading aloud of several math-oriented stories, identifies key mathematical vocabulary terms, models math story writing, and then gives students an opportunity to write addition and subtraction stories. Students first draw a series of pictures that depict adding more or taking away objects; they then write a correlating story to go with the pictures they've drawn. Finally, students share their stories aloud, and equations are written to symbolize the adding and subtracting written into the stories. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: TK/K to 2

    Topics: Visual Arts, Mathematics, English-Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Writing Strategies, Number Sense