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Using Novels and Writing to Teach Students Mathematical Concepts . Rachel Colby Amanda Huffman. What did we do?. We created and implemented a mathematics enrichment unit using The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger .

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what did we do
What did we do?
  • 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
Where did the idea come from?
  • 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
Mathematical literacy is…
  • Understanding vocabulary and structure
  • Solving mathematical problems
  • Reasoning and explaining
  • Applying math to the real world
how did we do it
How did we do it?
  • 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
1 it worked
(1) IT WORKED!
  • 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
(2) Fragmented Learning
  • Fails!
  • Fragmented learning is learning concepts in isolation and lacks cohesiveness.
3 importance of content literacy
(3) Importance of Content Literacy
  • Leads to a better understanding
  • Helps put the content into context
  • Promotes deeper thinking and curiosity
what does this mean for the future
What does this mean for the future?
  • 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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