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Using Novels and Writing to Teach Students Mathematical Concepts PowerPoint Presentation

Using Novels and Writing to Teach Students Mathematical Concepts

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What did we do? Concepts

- We created and implemented a mathematics enrichment unit using The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
- The Number Devil is about a boy who hates math and meets the Number Devil in his dreams where he learns to love math.

Where did the idea come from? Concepts

- Learning content area literacy in ED228: Content Area Literacy in Middle-Secondary Curriculum
- Independent study course where we read an article titled “Integrating Literature to Support Mathematics Learning in Middle School” by Karen Koellner, Faith Wallace, and Lyn Swackhamer
- Creating a resource guide and annotated bibliography

Mathematical literacy is… Concepts

- Understanding vocabulary and structure
- Solving mathematical problems
- Reasoning and explaining
- Applying math to the real world

How did we do it? Concepts

- Connected with a local school in a sixth grade classroom
- Had students read the book, journal about it, and we reinforced concepts introduced by the Number Devil
- Assessed students with a pre and post assessment and an end of the unit project
- Analyzed our data

What did we find? Concepts

(1) IT WORKED! Concepts

- Led to student engagement
- Helped students enjoy math more
- Helped students better understand concepts
- Created a context for math
- Challenged the students in different ways
- Differentiated instruction

(2) Fragmented Learning Concepts

- Fails!
- Fragmented learning is learning concepts in isolation and lacks cohesiveness.

(3) Importance of Content Literacy Concepts

- Leads to a better understanding
- Helps put the content into context
- Promotes deeper thinking and curiosity

What does this mean for the future? Concepts

- We are going to use books and writing in our classrooms!
- Would this idea work with a different novel, like A Gebra Named Al by Wendy Isdell?
- How would a classroom with continuous integration of literature and writing look?

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