Oral Language Needs: Making Math Meaningful

  • Oral Language Needs: Making Math Meaningful

    Michelle H. Pace and Enrique Ortiz
    A mathematics vocabulary strategy helps kindergartners form real-world connections.
    As a Title I kindergarten teacher, I (Pace) have seen firsthand how oral language can create roadblocks for students in all areas of the curriculum, both academically and socially. My experience has placed a major focus of oral language solely on reading skills and standards. At the time of this writing, the state of Florida had recently adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010), providing an opportunity to address mathematical concepts with more depth and meaning.
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