id: 05988808
dt: j
an: 2012a.00385
au: Ayebo, Abraham; Wiest, Lynda R.
ti: Another good idea: Poematics ‒ exploring math through poetry.
so: Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 15, No. 7, 378-381 (2010).
py: 2010
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: E43 C53 D83
ut: mathematics and language; poems; grade 5; grade 7; linguistics; experience
reports
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ab: From the introduction: One important key to a student\rq s success in math
is being able to communicate mathematically. To do so, students need to
develop a language for expressing mathematical ideas. Writing is a good
communication tool because it allows students to express their
understanding in a less public forum; and helps students refine their
thinking because they must reflect on and clarify their ideas. For
these reasons, students should engage in writing activities in math
class. To encourage writing, we designed and taught a lesson in which
middle-grades students were asked to write a mathematical poem. We
chose two types of poetry ‒ the limerick and haiku ‒ to discuss
because they involve specific patterns that are based on numbers of
syllables and rhythms. The students were instructed to pick any math
concept and use it to create their own original poem.
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