Math Synonyms


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. 

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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