Students will use the process of solving math problems as a foundation for enhancing reading, writing, and thinking skills. The teacher will write sample math problems on the board. Sample problems are provided (teacher and students can also contribute math problems to be solved).
Give students the option of working individually, in pairs, or in teams. They will solve a problem, then write a sentence or word story about the problem they solved. This will be done for each problem. Students will share their math sentences and stories with the class.
"How much money do you need?" June asked.
"The card I see costs two dollars and twenty-five cents, and I only have one dollar and twenty-five cents. I need another dollar."
"I have a dollar I can let you have," June said.
"Oh thank you," Tomas said happily. "I will pay you back when I get my allowance next week."
So Tomas added June's dollar to his dollar and twenty-five cents. Now he had enough to buy his mother the card for Valentines Day.
Excerpted from Beyond Rhetoric and Rainbows: A Journey to the Place Where Learning Lives ©1996 University of Illinois Extension.