Creating a Language-Rich Math Class Book

Offers practical approaches for developing conceptual understandings.


Creating a Language-Rich Math Class

by Sandra L. Atkins

Creating a Language-Rich Math Class offers practical approaches for developing conceptual understandings by connecting concrete, pictorial, verbal, and symbolic representations. The focus is on making mathematics memorable instead of on memorizing.

You’ll learn strategies for:

  • Introducing students to math language that gives meaning to the terms and symbols they use everyday;
  • Building flexibility and precision in students’ use of math language;
  • Structuring activities to make them more language-rich;

Included in the book are:

  • Detailed directions for sample games and activities for immediate classroom use;
  • Investigations to Try and Questions for Reflection to assist in implementing these ideas into your practice;
  • Graphic organizer for helping students first understand, solve, and defend their solutions to word problems;
  • Blackline masters of game cards and puzzles


“If you want to get to the root cause of students’ misconceptions, misunderstandings and disconnects associated with their mathematical thinking, this book is your go-to-guide. This powerful resource doesn’t offer rules, gimmicks, or tricks to help in sustaining students understanding, but rather provides clear and precise strategies and investigations that will help with creating and navigating a language-rich classroom. The use of this well-organized and detailed book will certainly result in learning for all stakeholders in the classroom, students as well as teachers.” –Melinda Hamilton, Instructional Coach of Professional Development Services and Former Secondary Math Teacher of Orange County Public Schools, FL


“This book shows the importance of listening–really listening–to what students tell us are their understandings of mathematics. The strategies Dr. Atkins shares for gaining this important information are described in such detail that it’s easy to envision using them. I’ll recommend this easy read to teachers often in the coming years.” –Lori Williams, Ph.D., K-12 Math Specialist, Manitowoc Public School District, WI


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Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: 2016
Page Count: 120 pages | 106 B/W Illus.
Series: Creating AHAs