# Literacy in Maths

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by elainem, May 1, 2012.

1. ### elainem

My pupils always seem to struggle with explain answers. Perhaps some practice at this would be good for their mathematical reasoning as well as literacy.
I use Eplanations : the four stages idea;
2. Can you explain it to a friend (tell them how you worked it out)
3. Can you write it in a letter to a pen friend (write it down just as you said it in stage 2)
4. Can you write an explanation for your Maths Teacher (the key words will help as your Maths teacher will expect you to use the correct mathematical vocabulary)
Could they also write some instructions for things, maybe instructions on how to solve an equation or convert between FDP. Writing for purpose and audience is a good skill to practice. They could even write a page of a text/revision book for a younger age group and then pupils could try to follow their instructions or revision book to answer some questions on the topic to see if their writing makes sense.

2. ### harperceh

I like using vowel-less maths key words as a quick puzzle starter. Kids seem to quite like it too. Take recent key words and take the vowels out, for example if we'd been doing shape I might put up: CBD, SPHR, PRLLLGRM, PYRMD. Quite nice for low ability groups, good practice for spelling key words.

3. ### siddons_sara

I like that, seems like a nice quick thing to prepare and fun too. Thanks for the idea!

4. ### tomcosgroveNew commenter

I think a couple sentances explaining a topic when it is appropriate is much better than 1/2 an A4 sheet every 3 weeks or so. It will hold less value and waste a lot of time in a lesson. Seems unneccessary to me.
For example I recently taught how to find the mean from a frequency table and I asked my students to write out how to do it at then end of the lesson as a plenary. " multiply the value by the frequency and write the result in a new column....etc." I feel it fulfils any ofsted literacy push and it helps them articulate their thinking.