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Reading and Mathematics Connection

What is the connection between learning mathematics and reading? Specifically, what are seven language learning strategies that can be applied to enhance the learning of mathematics?

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I located an excellent article looking at the mathematics and reading connection. Specifically, Jennie Bickmore-Brand (Bickmore-Brand, 1993) identifies seven language learning strategies that can be applied to enhance the learning of mathematics. However, it also suggests other strategies as well.

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The Mathematics and Reading Connection

A children's rhyme linked the domains of the three Rs-reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic-long before the whole language philosophy or integrated curriculum became focal points for educators. Letters, symbols, and numbers are the primary methods of communication in the world. This includes the universal sharing of ideas, concepts, data, and information. This common role in society creates a natural connection for the integration of reading and mathematics in the school curriculum.

Success in reading and mathematics is based on process skills that incorporate the integration of contextual information and with prior knowledge to produce meaning. The development of the skills involved in these domains could be considered the four Cs: construction, collaboration, context, and communication. Knowledge is actively constructed in each of these areas. In reading, letters form words that symbolize objects, attributes or action. In mathematics, numbers symbolize amounts, patterns or relationships. These words and numerical expressions create a basis for additional focus or information processing. This knowledge can be constructed and enhanced through collaboration with others in the classroom or workplace. Knowledge is communicated with others to share, compare and assess information.

WHICH STRATEGIES OF LEARNING LANGUAGE CAN BE APPLIED TO THE LEARNING OF MATHEMATICS?

Jennie Bickmore-Brand (Bickmore-Brand, 1993) identifies seven language learning strategies that can be applied to enhance the learning of mathematics. They include:

*Creating a meaningful and relevant context for the knowledge, skills and values of mathematics.

*Realizing the starting point of interest in mathematics is the knowledge base of the student.

*Providing opportunities for the learner to see the skills, processes and values of mathematics by the teacher's modeling.

*Continuing to build on the knowledge base and challenging the students-scaffolding.

*Facilitating the ...

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The solution provides information that explains the connection between learning mathematics and reading at grade level. Specifically, seven language learning strategies are detailed that can be applied to enhance the learning of mathematics. Links for further research are also provided.

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