Mathematical Translations

The use of manipulatives creates a playful atmosphere in your classroom. Using precreated disks, pupils translate verbal expressions into mathematical equations, offering a great way to practice the new vocabulary in a nonthreatening manner.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Run the activity in the reverse order; give the class an equation and ask them to write it in words
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some setup in advance with soft drink bottle lids and permanent markers
  • Optional use of an overhead projector can be adapted to an alternative projection device

  • Uses a hands-on approach to practice a difficult topic and allows for repeated practice and quick correction
  • Provides suggestions for adaptations in an ELL classroom or with individual students

  • Does not incorporate application or any real-life context