Reflection: ELL Students Everything is Relative: An Introduction to Linear Functions - Section 4: Vocabulary: Linear Functions

 

Teaching vocabulary is an important step in helping all student meaningfully engage and learn in my math classroom. I like to use vocabulary set up in multiple columns, so that students have a chance to work with the words in context and in different representations. The Student Sample Vocabulary Three Columns shows a student who completed both the definition for the words of well as an example/picture for each word. 

I will differentiate instruction and provide many students with definitions for vocabulary words. I feel strongly that the intent of vocabulary activities is to learn how to use the word. Having students take the time to look up words in the dictionary or online may not be worth the time it takes, unless I am specifically looking to teach students strategies on how to look up the meaning of words. 

Often times students with disabilities and ELL students struggle with processes like copying down definitions. For students with language difficulties, I want to allow them time to authentically work with the vocabulary through providing an example and explaining the different terms to a friend or family member. Mathematics has a heavy language demand to it as a discipline, and the more I can make those language demands explicit and accessible, I believe the more buy-in and motivation I will see from my students.

  ELL Students: Differentiating Vocabulary to Meet Diverse Learning Needs
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Everything is Relative: An Introduction to Linear Functions

Unit 3: Everything is Relative: Linear Functions
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT interpret an equation in y = mx+b form as a linear function whose graph is a straight line.

Big Idea: Students think like Mathematicians as we preview our unit on linear functions!

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