Vocabulary is one of the foundations for developing understanding for any subject area and mathematics is no exception. For many elementary students words used in mathematics may not be familiar since they may not have been used in the home environment very much, if at all. Students need many opportunities to use their vocabulary in their daily work. Providing additional opportunities to review vocabulary in a learning station/center will help support students who are challenged by the language of mathematics.
The following five learning station/center ideas can be first used in the classroom in a large group or small group setting before rotating out to an independent/pair learning center. Facilitation notes are provided for each station. The ideas presented are but a start for the many ways in which these activities can be adapted. Most of the masters have been made so they can be easily used in The Mathematician’s Notebook.
This packet is 15 pages and includes the following activities: Vocabulary Ribbon, Scavenger Hunt, Compare and Contrast, Wordle Word Sort, and Multiple Representation Model.
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