Math Vocabulary Games

Math Vocabulary Games: Take the Math "Word A Day" Challenge

Here is a way to point out all the math that surrounds us everyday.

Math vocabulary is vital to understanding math concepts and skills. Using proper terminology instead of convenient substitution words will train children to speak the language of mathematics.

Children must learn that mathematics are more than just manipulating numbers to come up with an answer; it is a language unto itself that must be learned with fluency before true understanding can occur.

Help your child succeed in Math with this Math Vocabulary Game:

Take the Math "Word A Day" Challenge :

*The Challenge*: Learn or review one important math vocabulary
word a day .

*Your Plan*: Download your "Word A Day" Calendar PDF for K-2 or 3-5.

Math Word-a-Day Challenge: K-2

Math Word-a-Day Challenge: 3-5

How do I start playing?

You will see a calendar, each day is marked with one math vocabulary word and the definition (as always, these words are aligned to National Math Standards). Put the calendar somewhere visible (I am keeping mine on the visor of my car). Ask your child to use one word each day. The challenge will be weaving the word into conversation at least 5 times during the day.

"What I love about taking the Word-a-Day Challenge is that we take on the challenge anywhere...anytime. While we were waiting at the orthodonist my 10-year old suddenly jumped up and shouted " Obtuse Angle" and pointed to a painting in the waiting area. Everyone looked and gave him a half smile. "

- Sheila, Mother of 3

When I downoladed the "K-2 Word-a-Day Calendar ", I was shocked. I had to read the definitions of some words to remember the meaning. Kids now a days have to learn quick! I have enjoyed the Word-a-Day Challenge because it is simple. Simple is good for me and my daughter! Our favorite word? "Estimate"!

Lately we "estimate" how much gas will cost, how much our food order will be, or how much change we will get back. 

-Kristina, Mother of 1

Vocabulary research concludes:

Language is required for higher level thinking. Language shapes one understanding of the world (Wharf). Language dramatically affects a child's cognitive development (Vygosky). Without an understanding of vocabulary that is used routinely in mathematics instruction, textbooks and word problems, students are handicapped in their efforts to learn mathematics (Miller). Mathematical vocabulary refers to those words that describe mathematical concepts (Vacca and Vacca).


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