## Reflection: ELL Students Sharing Equations (Day 1) - Section 2: Application

Although students whose first language is not english can converse fluently, this is not the same as having academic language fluency. The latter is achieved after much more exposure to structural academic language  and vocabulary. So many times, those students that in normal conversation seem they understand everything, may not comprehend math word problems with the same fluency, which becomes a problem in solving systems of equations.

In order to "level the playing field" and have ELL students focus merely on the mathematics, I sometimes "water down" the text in the problems. This can be done re-writing phrases in a more direct or conversational manner. I sometimes do this orally with the student, or written under the original text.

Example:

Oringinal Problem

The school that Stefan goes to is selling tickets to a choral performance. On the first day of ticket sales the school sold 3 senior citizen tickets and 1 child ticket for a total of \$38. The school took in \$52 on the second day by selling 3 senior citizen tickets and 2 child tickets. Find the price of a senior citizen ticket and the price of a child ticket.

New Problem:

A school is selling theatre tickets. On day 1, the school sold 3 adult tickets and 1 child ticket for a total of \$38. On day 2, the school sold 3 adult tickets and 2 child tickets for a total of \$52. Find the price of an adult ticket and a child ticket.

One of my ELL students did not understand the phrase, "the school took in" nor did she understand what "senior citizen" meant, which is why I rephrased the entire problem. Also, I exchanged certain words for terms like "theater" and "adult", and eliminated unnecessary text.

Scaffolding for ELL students
ELL Students: Scaffolding for ELL students

# Sharing Equations (Day 1)

Unit 6: Systems of Linear Equations
Lesson 1 of 13

## Big Idea: Many real world circumstances can be represented by a pair of equations whose solution or approximate solution can be found graphically.

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Math, Algebra, modeling, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, systems of equations, graphing lines, cost comparisons, Math 8, Systems of, linear modeling
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### Mauricio Beltre

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