Essay On Math Vocabulary

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Introduction of Results English learners often struggle with the academic demands of content literacy and vocabulary. English learners face the challenge of learning English while simultaneously learning academic vocabulary. Teachers struggle with meeting the unique language needs of English Learners. The problem is illustrated when a student can divide 6 by 3 to find the answer, but cannot do the same task when asked to find the quotient for 6 divided by 3. An understanding of math vocabulary is important to the students’ ability to understand and solve math problems. “Graphic organizers allow for student involvement in the learning process that is more personalized and less abstract, therefore the role of the ELs can change from merely the receiver of concepts and information to the creator of visual organizer representing their own thinking process” (Mohammad & Laleh, 2012, p. 1115-1116). In order to support a students’ understanding of math vocabulary, using a graphic organizer provides the opportunity for …show more content…
Completed samples of these two instruments can be found in Appendix C. The list of vocabulary words for each chapter were selected prior to any instruction. The words targeted during this intervention were those designated by their textbook. Students also responded to journal prompts using the math vocabulary words. Samples of journal writing entries can be found in Appendix B. The Frayer Model graphic organizer was completed in accordance to the vocabulary schedule dictated by the math lessons. Samples of completed Frayer Model graphic organizers can be found in Appendix B. The timeline for this intervention and data collection process took place over 6 weeks which were during the second nine-week grading

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