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What If Your ABCs Were Your 123s?

What If Your ABCs Were Your 123s?
Building Connections Between Literacy and Numeracy

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July 2007 | 120 pages | Corwin
This book will help primary and elementary teachers to transform the way they think about and teach mathematics. Many teachers feel confident about their preparation and strategic repertoire for literacy instruction but are less confident about their preparation and content depth for teaching math. This book will make visible the parallels between what elementary teachers already know about teaching literacy and help them make connections to numeracy instruction to improve their students' achievement in mathematics. Teachers can carry their literacy strength straight into their math instruction.

Readers will gain a detailed, comprehensive understanding of the crossovers connections between literacy and numeracy to deepen their own mathematics content knowledge and be more confident and successful in their instruction of elementary mathematics.

1. What If?
2. What Do Good Readers and Mathematicians Look Like?
3. What Does Understanding Look Like?
4. How Do Students Apply Their Understanding of Numbers?
5. How Do Teachers Connect Ideas to Practice?

"Makes an interesting and thought-provoking contribution to the field of mathematics instruction. Looking at math and literacy as closely aligned language structures creates a need to rethink the strategies used for math instruction."

Catherine Hernandez, Second-Grade Teacher
Detroit Public Schools, MI

"It's about time! Teaching literacy has been researched, written about, and rewritten so that it can be taught using the most effective methods for optimal learning. Little of this has transpired for mathematics. This book is very unique in its contribution and premise."

Deborah Gordon, Third-Grade Teacher
Madison Simis School, Phoenix, AZ

"Elementary-level teachers and college-level education collections will find a blend of real-world teaching examples with strategies and instructional approach designed to illustrate and build upon fundamental math concepts, helping students not only learn math but the logic behind it."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

"Minton makes fascinating connections between reading and math. Strategies such as making connections, asking questions, determining importance, and inferring aid in decoding and comprehending both text and numbers."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008
School Library Journal

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Chapter 1: What If?

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