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# Mathematical Literacy In The Middle And High School Grades: A Modern Approach To Sparking Student…

## byFaith Wallace, Mary Anna Evans, Megan Stein

### Paperback | May 2, 2012

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*Mathematical Literacy in the Middle and High School Grades* gives future and current middle and high school classroom teachers the concepts and practical, hands-on suggestions, activities, lesson plans, skills, and tools they need to enhance and enrich their students’ mathematics learning. From its opening overview of the theory behind a variety of new strategies for teaching math to its everyday, concrete assistance, the book helps teachers find and use engrossing ways to introduce math concepts through stories, using hands-on activities to reinforce the concepts. Included are ready-to-use activities busy teachers can incorporate “as is” or adapt to fit their particular classrooms and their students’ individual needs.

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Table of Contents

**Introduction**

Why This Book and Why These Authors

How to Use this Book

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**Section I: Mathematical Literacy**

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**Chapter 1. Exploring the Porous Boundary Between Doing Mathematics and Understanding Text**

Introduction to Mathematical Literacy

*Sidebar*: Notes on Standards of Practice Used in This Text

Tiny Children Love to Count—Where Do We Lose them?

One Text, Many Lessons in Math Literacy

* Co-teaching with Computer Educators to Enhance Word Analysis Assignments*

* Ordinal Numbers, Cardinal Numbers, Numerals, and Other Words Expressing Quantity*

* Geometry—The Shape of Things*

* A Question of Time*

* What’s the Likelihood of Finding Math in Your Pleasure Reading?*

Looking for Mathematical Text in Your Student’s World

* Classroom Discussion Questions for Artifacts*

* Helping Students Find Math in Unexpected Places*

Lesson Plan 1-1: Interested in Getting Rich? --An investigation of simple interest, compound interest, and exponential functions based on Artifacts

References

**Chapter 2. Reading Strategies: Making Meaning of Text**

Introduction

How Does Reading Mathematics Differ From Other Kinds of Reading?

How Can We Help Students Make Meaning From Mathematical Text?

* Prior Knowledge: An Experiment*

Using Reading Activities to Enhance Student Understanding

* Reading Guide: Alice in Wonderland*

Lesson Plan 2-1: The Universal Book of Mathematics Vocabulary Squares

Lesson Plan 2-2: Red Blazer Girls Multi-Column Journal

Bibliography

**Section II: Exploring Mathematical Text**

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**Chapter 3. Introduction—Fiction and Mathematical Literacy: Finding Universal Truths in Made-Up Stories**

Mathematics Is Everywhere, Even in Fairy Tales

* Comments from the Classroom by Alyson Lischka*

* Finding Math Where You Least Expect It by Mary Anna Evans*

Annotated Bibliographies - Fiction

* Fiction Recommended for Middle Grade Classes*

* Fiction Recommended for High School Classes*

Lesson Plan 3-1: The Wrong Ratio Can Be Deadly: An Investigation of Ratios based on *Effigies*

References

**Chapter 4. Nonfiction: The Place Where True Stories and Mathematics Intersect**

Introduction

Annotated Bibliography of Nonfiction Books Suitable for Middle and High School Classes

* Activity Books*

* Reference Books*

* Concept Books*

* Biographies*

* Using Technology to Explore Other Nonfiction Formats*

* *Textbox 1: One Blogger’s Perception of the Beauty of Math by Brent Yorgey

Annotated Bibliography of Mathematical Blogs

Nonfiction in the Math Classroom

Lesson Plan 4-1: “Grappling Over Grades” Anticipation Guide

Lesson Plan 4-2: *Archimedes* R.A.F.T.

References

**Chapter 5. Picture Books: Where Math, Text, and Illustrations Collide**

Introduction

*Textbox 1: Cindy Neuschwander and Sir Cumference*

* Textbox 2: Fibonacci in Nature by Sarah Campbell *

* Activity: Sketching (or Eating) Your Way Through the Text with The Lion’s Share*

Annotated Bibliography of Picture Books for the Middle and High School Grades

Lesson Plan 5-1 - Anticipation Guide for Reflections in Nature by Jane Yolen

References

**Section III: Literacy and Mathematics in the Culture**

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**Chapter 6. Poetry and Music: A Most Mathematical Approach to Words**

Poetry

* Math and Meter*

Music

Math as a Springboard to Verbal Creativity

* “Midsummer” by Mary Anna Evans*

* “the curvature of spacetime” by Johnny Masiulewicz*

Poetry for Poetry’s Sake

* Loving Words the Way Zero Loves One by Lola Haskins*

Activity 6-1: Poetry Counts

Activity 6-2: Fractions, Poetic Meter, and Spoken English

Activity 6-3: Relating Vibrational Frequency to Pitch with Ratios

Activity 6-4: Rhythm and Language—Bringing Poetry, Music, and Mathematics Together

Activity 6-5: Catenaries, Large and Small—Visual Calculus

References

**Chapter 7. Environmental Print: Math in Daily Life**

Definition of Environmental Print

Where to Find Environmental Print

Ideas for Using Environmental Print in Class

Level 1: Practicing Problems

Level 2: Constructing Knowledge About Problem Solving

Level 3: Thinking Critically About Mathematics and Literacy

*A Level 1 Example—Checking the Fine Print for Ways to Practice Mathematical Skills*

* A Level 1 Hands-On Activity: Find the Math in this Simulated Frequent Buyer Program*

* A Level 2 Example—Assembling Knowledge As It Pertains To Citizenship…The Impact of Polls on Elections*

*A Level 2 Hands-On Activity: A Poll Is Only As Good As The Questions Asked*

*A Level 3 Example—Think Critically About Research Studies: Do Statistics Lie?*

* A Level 3 Hands-On Activity: How Can Two Contradictory Studies Be True?*

So what? Using math to make people care

References

**Chapter 8. Mathematics and the Electronic Culture: Social Media, Gaming, and Reality Shows**

Introduction

A Word About Constant Change: How Will You Deal With It Over the Course of Your Career?

Social media

Games and Their Relationship to Math

* Simulation Games: The Algebra Connection*

* Arithmetic*

* Ratios and Rates*

* Linear Equations*

* Other opportunities to enhance literacy using computer gaming*

* Geometry in computer gaming*

Television Reality Shows

Conclusion

Lesson Plan 8-1: Tweets that Go On Forever and Ever…

Lesson Plan 8-2: What Can Reality Shows Teach Us About American Electoral Politics?

References

**Chapter 9. Conclusion**

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**Chapter 10. Appendices**

Appendix A: Selections from *Artifacts*

Appendix B: A Concordance of the Words Used in the Opening Passages of *Artifacts*, by Mary Anna Evans