Reflection: The Backyard Barbecue: Exploring the Number 15 - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


For my English Language Learners, there are so many wonderful opportunities to expand their vocabulary during our math lesson.  This vocabulary expansion is not limited to just academic words.  The lessons in this unit are each focused around a different theme (making breakfast, setting the table, having a barbecue, etc.).  These themes expose the students to a variety of vocabulary and they also get the opportunity to make important connections between these words (What are things we might have for breakfast? etc.).

I had a parent of one of my EL students tell me that their entire family uses the student math booklet to help practice their English.  She said (through an interpreter) there are good words and pictures here to practice.  With limited financial resources, my little paper books were helping them expand their English.  What a wonderful, unexpected consequence of my work.

I would challenge every teacher to think about how he or she can expand students' every day vocabulary.  I think about the lessons taught in our math workbooks and how limiting the vocabulary was compared to the lessons I am now creating around the Common Core standards.  My students are definitely benefiting from the much richer vocabulary in these lessons. 

  The Backyard Barbecue-Exploring the Number 15
  The Backyard Barbecue-Exploring the Number 15
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The Backyard Barbecue: Exploring the Number 15

Unit 3: Exploring Numbers 11-20
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to identify, count and represent the number 15.

Big Idea: Students learn all about setting the table while exploring the number 15.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, SIOP, ELL, Critical Area, counting, Number Sense
  45 minutes
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