Literacy in Math

Live Binder by D. Seabold CCSS-M
You can navigate through the information and resources on this site by using the tabs at the top. The dark grey tabs identify the main sections of this site which are as follows:
  • Common Core State Standards Information
  • Unpacked and Clarified Standards
  • Mathematical Tasks
  • electronic-Resources
  • Unit & Lesson Planning Resources
  • and more

Achieve the Core for Math

This website focuses on the shifts and provides resources, sample problems, videos, and much more for math and ELA.

Learn NC Leson Plans
LEARN NC’s lesson plans span the wide range of curriculum areas for every grade from K to 12. The collection includes the best instructional plans created by North Carolina educators as well as high-quality materials from state and national partners. Search lesson plans using the word math.

Lessonopoly is a free software portal developed by Silicon Valley Education Foundation. This site was created with constant input from teachers to deliver a set of effective and easy to use tools, even for teachers who do not have time to learn new technologies. Lessonopoly empowers teachers to organize activities inside and outside the classroom, create and share lesson plans, and connect to other teachers by building online communities.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
This link shares items and task prototypes to provide information and to support educators as they transition to the CCSS and the PARCC assessments. The dynamic, online prototypes presented on the PARCC website are designed to shine a light on important elements of the CCSS and to show how critical content in the standards may be manifested on PARCC’s next-generation, technology-based assessments.

Mathematics Assessment Project
Shell Center/MARS, University of Nottingham & UC Berkeley
This website contains summative tasks, formative assessment lessons and professional development modules embedded with the Common Core State Standards.

When Reading is Hard: Why Students Need Strategy Instruction
Math Reading and Thinking Strategies can be found on p.5.

MATH Goes Pop! Ruminations on the Intersection Between Mathematics and Popular CultureMath in the movies, newspaper, TV, and on the radio!

Mathalicious lessons contains information on which Common Core State Standards are covered in the lesson. The Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards are integrated throughout all Mathalicious lessons. Lessons address several standards so that you’re able to address more math in less time, and with better results.

Factoring Glogster
This gloster includes reading, writing, and listening. While the gloster contains a video, it would be a good idea for a student to
create their own video and embed it to include speaking.

This document contains hyperlinks to the following resources: National Science Digital Library, Mathematics Assessment Resource Services (MARS), Live Binders, and EduCore.

This powerpoint includes ideas to implement literacy into a math classroom. In particular, look at a way to use List, Group, Label with vocabulary (Slide 8) and writing in math using summarization (slide 16).

Matt Dehaan, a MS Math teacher, designed an learning menu for surface area.

Kim Tally, an Algebra I teacher, used the Tea Party idea after teaching different concepts in math. This example is for a linear programming word problem.

Kim Tally and Renee Smith collaborated to create a 4 stage text investigation for a linear programming word problem.


Close Reading in Math Anchor Charts.jpeg

The picture is from an Algebra I class in which the teacher is promoting literacy in the class by developing argumentation tasks. This sample shows evidence of the student mathematically arguing which method is best to solve this particular system of equations.

This poster illustrates ideas for modeling think alounds using math comments.Modeling Think Alouds Comments for Math.JPG

This section is added because these links had great resources. Just fun stuff!
Math Play
At Math Play you can find a wide variety of fun games that you can play online. Most games are suitable for elementary and middle grades. They are organized by grade level, content, and game type.
Alg I Released Test Fall 2012

Electricians Need Algebra, Too by Richard Hill

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE TASKS- all grade levels
Kentucky resource for depth of knowledge with tasks
Description of the Depth of Knowledge

Sept. 17, 2014

Rob Leichner from West Meck promotes literacy in Math III through interdisciplinary planning. In an email while sharing his resources with CMS teachers, he wrote:

I wanted to share a resource that I created with a group of amazing teachers at my school. I'm Math 3, Christine Sheffler teaches Biology, and Yilmaz Yoruk teaches English 10 - but we're all teaching lessons from the same text on climate change and polar ice melt.

This one topic actually fits all of our standards (regression and comparing functions for math, argumentation for English, and human effect on environment for biology), and it should be interesting for the kids (more interesting than regular math functions, anyway!) This can be a politically charged, controversial debate too - but the ability to see both sides is key for the students.

If you want to check out the text, you can see it here:

I cut a little bit of it out to highlight what I wanted for the math lesson, and you have that freedom also (obviously) - but it's basically the same information. All of our lesson plans, alignment, and activities can be found here:

It would be really cool to find a team of teachers to do this, but if you want to do it yourself for your class, that will work too. If you are interested in other ways to incorporate text into lessons, whether just math or cross-curricular, let me know (! I'd love to work with you and get some ideas from you. Please let me know if you're thinking about using this next year or you have any questions - I'm curious to see how it goes, how people modify it, and how the students respond. Thanks so much, hope it helps!