MATH+LITERACY

building a bridge between math and literacy instruction

The Math Diet

an instructional framework

to grow proficient mathematicians

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Mathematical Literature

guided reading, read alouds, vocabulary, math problems

Learn about who we are and our presentations and publications.
Check out the Math+Literacy Blog with updates from our classrooms and workshops.
Download resources for your classroom, including Math Diet resources and resources to integrate math and literacy.

Find out more about the professional development workshops we have created for school divisions and schools.

What is Math+Literacy?

 

Math+Literacy is our passion. Our goal is to build a bridge between literacy and math.

Through cohesive professional development, we help teachers connect what they already know and do well in literacy to what is effective in mathematics instruction.

Through cohesive instruction, we help students connect what they already know and do well in literacy to productive problem solving and learning in mathematics instruction.

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Latest Blog Posts

See what we’re doing in our classrooms and workshops!


The Math Diet in Teaching Children Mathematics
You can now read about the Math Diet in NCTM’s journal Teaching Children Mathematics. Check out March 2016, Volume 22, Issue 7. If you have a...

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Words for the Wise: Vocabulary Instruction in Math
We make so many mistakes that first year of teaching.  Sometimes, I think about those students from my first year and hope that I did...

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Subitizing: On the Road to Mental Math
Why can’t my students mentally manipulative numbers? Why can’t my students adjust numbers to make them friendly for computation? The answer: Subitizing Subitizing is the...

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Free Downloadable Resources

We post and share materials to support your instructional planning as well as materials to use as you implement instruction.

These are our most recently posted resources. Also check out Resources in the Main Menu for more.



Attend Our Professional Development Workshops!

We create professional development workshops to fit the needs of individual schools and school divisions. Our workshops emphasize the transfer of teachers’ knowledge of effective literacy instruction to develop their strategies for effective mathematics instruction.

Contact us at mathplusliteracy@gmail.com


Testimonials

I just wanted to tell you that we worked on subitizing. We are doing all of the activities we did with you next week as well. The kids LOVE it and they are starting to grasp the concept.. even after 2 days! Thank you again for all of your help this year. I told my principal that your professional development is by far the most beneficial that I have ever been to. It is so relevant, simple, and it WORKS! So I also wanted to say thank you as well, you are AMAZING!
Teacher from Louisa County Public Schools
I think strategies such as quick images and anchor charts would work very well in music too!
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
I’m always appreciative of events like this that offer ways to incorporate speech and language wrapped up in literacy and numeracy tasks. This event helps me to do that and to feel more like a school team member.
Teacher at Integrating Math and Literacy in the PreK Classroom, February 2015
I used to think reading and writing were only for Language Arts. Now I think they are an important and essential part of math instruction.
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
Read alouds are excellent for bringing literature into math!
Teacher at Using Literacy Strategies to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding, October 2014
I’ve never thought about how literacy strategies can be applied to math understanding. Now it seems logical. But it’s a new connection for me.
Teacher at Using Literacy Strategies to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding, October 2014
I learned that balanced math instruction is similar to balanced reading instruction with some of the same strategies.
Teacher at The Mathematics Diet, November 2014
Using a personal word wall for math vocabulary is helpful for students to have multiple opportunities with tier 2 and tier 3 words.
Teacher at Using Literacy Strategies to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding, October 2014
I only had one good way to help with word problems – visualizing. From this workshop, I learned visualizing is used in a variety of ways – subitizing, anchor charts, and conceptual understanding.
Teacher at Using Literacy Strategies to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding, October 2014
I used to think my young students couldn’t handle more rigorous problems but now I know they can.
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
I used to have my students complete practice problems each night for homework to help anchor math concepts. Now I will use games as a very effective way to practice at home.
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
I believed asking peers to converse wasn’t always on task and effective. Now I know engaging each child to share their thoughts helps them to be personally accountable.
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
This was the BEST training I’ve been a part of.
Teacher at Integrating Math and Literacy in the PreK Classroom
I love how you all have broken everything down for us to understand.
Teacher at The Mathematics Diet, November 2014
I thought I’d email you directly and just let you know how helpful your PD session was during pre-week. Thanks for making it very practical and engaging!
Teacher at The Math Diet for Grade 4, August 2015
I learned that counting tasks and concepts are important to fractions and decimals too. Counting and subitizing activities are critical to all grades. Now I can apply counting activities to improve my students’ multiplication, fraction, and division skills.
Teacher at The Mathematics Diet, November 2014
Wonderful and practical ideas that can be implemented in my classroom!
Teacher at The Mathematics Diet, November 2014
Excellent! I’m walking away with resources I can use immediately as well as empowerment and feelings of confidence that I can extend my students’ math skills through literacy.
Teacher at Integrating Math and Literacy in the PreK Classroom, February 2015
I used to think math was solely based on numbers. Now, I think it involves more reflection and processes.
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
Before this workshop, I thought math was boring and methodical. Now, I think it can be fun and more interactive!
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
I believed higher level thinking was just for general education students. But, now I know, with different strategies even struggling students can complete high level thinking tasks.
Teacher at Implementing the Mathematics Diet Workshop, August 2015
I used to use drills because I thought they had some value in helping kids memorize basic facts. But I realize now games and goal setting need to replace drills. Thank you!
Teacher at The Mathematics Diet, November 2014
I used to think I needed to have my students memorize math facts. Now I think its more important that they understand the relationships between numbers first.
Teacher at Using Literacy Strategies to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding, October 2014.
My math instruction seemed structured and efficient, but after this workshop, I think that it is restrictive. I need to be more flexible and integrate more games into my instruction.
Teacher at Using Literacy Strategies to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding, October 2014