Tip: Math Synonyms
How do I do it?
Making sense of words that mean different that have different meanings in math talk and other talk is very important for ELLs to understand math problems. Make a chart and post the different meanings as the terms come up in your math course. To determine which words you need to chart as a reference for ELLs and all students, ask yourself, is there a word I am using in math today that could mean something else? For example:
Other Talk Math Talk
That is a nice area for playing.
The area of that square is 2 cm squared.
Please add some cheese to my hamburger.
Add the numbers.
Can you sum up what the story is about?
The sum of 1 and 1 is 2.
We have many products in our store.
The product of 3 and 3 is 9.
You have to factor in that it might rain.
A prime number has two factors.
(adapted from Souviney, 1989).
Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 1
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.