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  1. Links to Literacy AMATYC 2009 MaryAnne Anthony Lynn Marecek Santa Ana College

  2. Links to Literacy Project Overview Children’s math literature has been integrated into Santa Ana College’s Prealgebra course

  3. Links to Literacy Project Problems addressed: • Students’ low reading level • Gaps in students’ math background • Lack of reading at home

  4. Problem 1Students’ low reading level • Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success – Carnegie Corporation • In state after state, the testing data … reveals a marked decline in the reading and writing skills of adolescent learners.….Many young people… end up graduating without the basic skills that they need to do college-level work

  5. Problem 1Students’ low reading level

  6. Problem 2 Gaps in Students’ Math Background • Many students did not experience the steady incremental steps of K-12 math curriculum • Some students missed key areas in the development of basic math concepts

  7. Problem 3Lack of Reading at Home • Often no family role model for reading • Students have little time for recreational reading between school, work, families • Many community college students are English language learners

  8. We are charged to address these problems! • AMATYC Standards • California’s Basic Skills Initiative

  9. AMATYC Standards • Beyond Crossroads: ‘Standards for Intellectual Development … Communicating’ • Students will acquire the ability to read, write, listen to, and speak mathematics. (Ch.1 p.6)

  10. California’s Basic Skills Initiative • …mainstream faculty at the secondary level must share the burden of literacy problems with English and reading faculty (p.41) • Effective practices in mathematics: fostering interactive learning through student writing, reading, speaking…so that students can learn to…communicate about mathematics both orally and in writing’ (p.44)

  11. Our Solution Create a children’s literature section in the college library

  12. Children’s Literature in a College Library? • Our students were already bringing their children to the Library • Children should be kept busy so their parents could study • We recognized an opportunity to provide math books to expose children to mathematical concepts

  13. Aha! We can teach two generations of students at the same time!

  14. Where did we find the money? • SAC Foundation • SAC Library funds • Basic Skills Initiative Student Success Grant

  15. How did we choose the books? • Books we read with our own children • Book lists from primary grade resource materials • California department of education • NCTM

  16. Besides the children, who reads the books? • Students in Math for Liberal Arts • Project option • Prealgebra students • Links to Literacy!

  17. Links to Literacy • Linked theme of each book to curriculum of Prealgebra course • Created student assignment for each children’s book • Wrote a teacher page for each assignment • Included in relevant sections of our Prealgebra manuscript

  18. Implementation • Homework assignment • takes very little classtime • Assign four during semester • two due around mid-term • two near end • Students choose which books to read • Extra credit opportunities

  19. Group work • Read the book on your table • Answer the questions on the worksheet

  20. Group Reports • Summarize the story • What math topic(s) did you recognize in the book? • Where does this fit in the Community College math curriculum?

  21. Assignment Format • Progression of questions • Start by summarizing story • End with extension - read to child, use manipulatives, etc.

  22. Insights into students’ thought processes and misconceptions • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday • Make a “checkbook register” to show how Alexander spent all his money.

  23. The Doorbell Rang • What if there were 18 children – how could they share the 12 cookies evenly? Explain your reasoning in words and by drawing a picture.

  24. The Doorbell Rang Student Response

  25. The Doorbell Rang (again)

  26. The Doorbell Rang (twice)

  27. The Doorbell Rang(and they’re getting it!)

  28. The Doorbell Rang(for the last time)

  29. Benefits to Students • Our students recognize the value of • reading books • talking about math with their siblings, children, neighbors • They say it makes learning missing concepts fun when they’re presented in a different way

  30. Student Comment – Reading with her Daughter

  31. Student Comments Some students liked them, some didn’t: “I saw the value of getting kids started early on the math path.” “[It’s] a chance to connect what is being taught in a basic way” “It’s a fun way to learn more about math even for us who are older” “Cool thing to mix literature with mathematics” “I don’t see the point, they are pointless”

  32. What did students say was the best part of these activities? • “That you learn the concepts of…math in a fun way” • “It was helpful…simple and concrete enough to grasp” • “To find out that you can start teaching math to children through reading” • “Teach[ing] somebody else”

  33. More “bests” • “Reading the books to my little sister, brother, cousin, child” • “I got to spend time with my brothers, with my children” • “Getting creative” • “Made me read, which was fun” • “Easy points”

  34. Book List with Math Topics • One Hundred Hungry Ants Factoring composite numbers • Spunky Monkeys on Parade Multiples of numbers • A Remainder of One Divisibility tests • Clean-Sweep Campers Equivalent fractions • The Doorbell Rang Simplifying fractions • Elevator Magic Subtraction of integers • Each Orange Had 8 Slices Associative property of multiplication • The 100-pound Problem Subtraction and addition property of equality • Everybody Wins! Division property of equality

  35. Books and Topics (cont.) • Math Curse Word problems • Missing Mittens Odd and even numbers • Among the Odds and Evens Properties of odd and even numbers • Spaghetti and Meatballs Area and perimeter for All • Alexander, Who Used to Coin word problems be Rich Last Sunday • One Grain of Rice Exponents • The King’s Chessboard Exponents • Sea Squares Perfect square numbers • The Fly on the Ceiling Ordered pairs and point-plotting

  36. For an electronic copy of • this presentation • the Links to Literacy packet or for more information about this project email