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In this section, you will find useful strategies that can be used in the math classroom to help introduce students to a topic or unit. Pre-Reading Strategies serve to gain student interest in the topic or lesson and assess students' prior knowledge pertaining the concept.

PreReading Strategies also help acquaint students with unfamiliar vocabulary that will be utilized in the lesson. Preparing students for information attainment is key to fostering a successful lesson.

This strategy provides students with a chart that introduces key vocabulary and concepts for a lesson. Students are required to indicate whether they know the definition of the word, are unsure, or have no idea what the word means.

For words they know or are familiar with, students will write down the definition. Students will then use a dictionary to check and clarify the definitions they provided for each vocabulary word.

For the sample provided, students must define vocabulary related to number sets and function relationships.

Vocabulary Chart

Adapted from:

Christmas, P. (Speaker) (2009, February 26). Literacy strategies. LART 3106, Toni Bellon, NGCSU, Dahlonega.

Connections to GPS:

M7N1. Students will understand the meaning of positive and negative rational numbers and use them in computation.

a. Find the absolute value of a number and understand it as the distance from zero on a number line.

b. Compare and order rational numbers, including repeating decimals.

M8D1. Students will apply basic concepts of set theory.

MRC. Students will enhance reading in all curriculum areas by:

c. Building vocabulary knowledge Demonstrate an understanding of contextual vocabulary in various subjects. Use content vocabulary in writing and speaking. Explore understanding of new words found in subject area texts.