Reading in Math

with Scholastic ‘Math’ Magazine

 

Summary

 

Scholastic Math magazine brings real-life reading experiences into the math classroom.  This exposes children to a variety of literary genres, including photo-stories, comics, nonfiction, and current events articles.  Math integrates reading with problem solving, pre-algebra, geometry, graphs, and dozens of other skills.  This magazine will be used in at least 2 of the high school math classrooms.

 

Scholastic Math magazine supports instructional content through fluency with numerical data, processes, diagram, and chart-reading skills.  Scholastic Math magazine supports a comprehensive reading program by incorporating instruction based on educational practices that work and current reading research as recommended by Reading First.

 

Purpose

 

To increase learning gains of 79 points in combined development score for reading.  This will be accomplished through the following.

 

Ř        Writing activities that reinforce reading skills and improve grammar.

 

Ř        Oral reading opportunities that develop speaking and listening skills.

 

Ř        The lessons in the magazine target the skills students need to meet the Sunshine State Standards and succeed on state assessment tests. 

 

Ř        The Scholastic Math magazine provides instruction that meets the National Council of Teachers of Mathematic’s Standards 2000.

 

Activities

 

Once a week the students will be asked to read several articles from the magazine.  They will then be asked to complete the questions accompanying the articles.  Many of the articles will require preteaching a concept before asking the students to read.  I will use the magazine in my class on Fridays.  Other teachers in the mathematics department will use the magazine Monday through Thursday.

The following is the 2003/2004 editorial calendar.

SEPTEMBER - In our award-winning "Math for Your Daily Life" series, singing star Solange-the kid sister of Beyonce from Destiny's Child-explains how she estimates money amounts when shopping. Plus: rounding, bar graphs, factors, using logic, more.

OCTOBER - As the nation celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, our map scale activity lets students follow the route of the famous explorers.  Plus: primes/composites, powers of 10, order of operations, decimal place value, more.

NOVEMBER - In our fall contest, students will need to use cross-curricular skills to design a mathematical villain who'll face our superheroes Zero Clue and Dee Nominator! Plus: greatest common factor, line graphs, decimals, variables, finding an average, more.

DECEMBER - December, 1903: The Wright Brothers' first flight. December, 2003: MATH Magazine shows how angles of elevation factor into aviation.  Plus: least common multiples, equivalent fractions and decimals, circle graphs, more.

JANUARY - Students make a scatterplot to see how compatible they are with their friends!  Plus: classifying angles, mixed numbers, unit pricing, area and perimeter, more.

FEBRUARY - We see how makers of coming-attractions count on elapsed time to get audiences excited for upcoming movies-such as this spring's Spider-Man sequel! Plus: pictographs, writing ratios, reciprocals, classifying polygons, more.

MARCH - In our monthly "Math at Work" career series, we find out how graphic designer s conceptualize percents to achieve a perfect blend of colors. Plus: solving proportions, percents, using scale, circumference, more.

APRIL - In every issue we look at the math behind sports, and in our super-size Earth Day issue, we'll see how stars from an Eco-Challenge team keep score in environmentally-friendly events. Plus: properties of triangles, mean/median/mode, coordinate graphing, more.

MAY - Our popular MATH in Jeopardy! game doubles as an end-of-year skills review. Remember to answer in the form of a question! Plus: volume of solids, Pythagorean theorem, and integer computation.

Impact

 

The impact of this grant on our students is to increase their knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics, improve their social skills, and improve their scores on the reading and mathematics portion of the FCAT

 

Assessment

 

Assessment will be made through multiple avenues, including informal observation of the student’s willingness and ability to read silently and aloud in the classroom.  Students answers to each of the reading activities.  Increase in learning gains on the combined development score for reading and math on the FCAT.  The students will keep a portfolio relating to the activities presented in the magazine.  An example of a portfolio entry would be extending a shopping activity by asking the student to clip advertisements from clothing, electronic or food stores and create questions or situations in which students must estimate.  Estimation is the Sunshine State Standards number MA.A.4.4.

 

Integration

 

Ř        English/Language Arts

Ř        Mathematics

Ř        Art

 

Budget

 

30 magazines at a cost of $7.95 each                $238.50

8% shipping and handling                                  $  19.08

            TOTAL                                                $257.58

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General Comments from Reviewers:

 

  • Like the emphasis of reading in math class
  • Very inexpensive per student
  • Good project to get high school students to read and apply  math  in every day life
  • This seems like a unique way to teach reading and math, especially with the popularity of magazines to teens
  • Concern as to whether or not 30 magazines is enough for the number of students being served
  • Questions as to how the magazine exercises will increase the FCAT scores
  • One reviewer felt that this project was very limited in scope

 

Comments on Technical Aspects of the Grant:

  • Grant copies incorrectly contained cover sheet which identified the school.  Since the Foundation uses a blind review copy (i.e. schools and teachers are not identified), those pages were removed by Foundation staff before they were sent to the reviewers.
  • Liked that you had lots of white space
  • Good use of bullets
  • The month-by-month calendar was a great way to depict your timeline.
  • Would have liked to have seen much more emphasis on the Sunshine State Standards.  A better format would have been to actually name them by numbers and then explain them.