Log 11 Writing in Math

Writing in Math is important but it also looks a lot different than it would in ELA or History. “Math is a bit trickier when it comes to literacy because math language is composed of representations and symbols” (Pg. 68). It is important when writing in Math that you explain, justify, describe, estimate, or analyze mathematical calculations. There are six prewriting prompts for a math problem, “what do you notice?, what makes sense?, how are the concepts related?, what do you need to find out?, which vocabulary is important?, and what is confusing?” (Pg. 69). These questions help children better understand a math problem, stay more organized, and make it easier to understand the math problem. The goal of the problem should also be considered. They can then devise a solution after understanding your strategy. At the end of the process, students should clearly state their answers. In the next step, they will create connections between the numbers they have already studied and the math they have already performed. In order to make sense of the problem and their thinking process, they will need to explain it in their own words. By providing clear and visible solutions, students will be better able to understand the word problem and realize their math skills.


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