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Paving a Way to Algebraic Word problems Using a Nonalgebraic Route

Miriam Amit, Bella Klass-Tsirulnikov 

February 2005, Volume 10, Issue 6, Page 271

Abstract:
Describes three lessons used in seventh and eighth grades that are built around a poem, a short story, and a young adult novel in a way to connect important mathematical ideas with the ideas presented in the literature. In addition to teaching meaningful reading, the lessons provide opportunities for students to apply proportional reasoning skills, explore linear relationships, calculate a unit rate, and find the relationship between the volume of a cylinder and a cone.

Keywords:
Article
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Algebraic Patterns
Communication
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Math Coordinator / Coach
Curriculum
Open-ended assessments
Modeling
Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Reasoning and Proof
Representation
Theory
Systems of Equations