Math 3-6


Adding motions to complement learning activates more cognitive processes for recall and understanding. Supplementing verbal information with gestures that represent real-world objects, like angles or shapes, can facilitate thinking about mathematical ideas that are not easily described by words alone.

Use It in the Classroom

At 22:02, watch how this fifth grade teacher uses hand gestures to increase students' understanding of a word problem on adding and subtracting fractions. By using pointing gestures, this teacher directs student Attention to the key concepts in the problem.

  • Both teachers and students can use pointing and representational gestures to communicate and visually convey their mathematical thinking. Visual gestures that complement spoken language also allow for the processing of information in multiple ways, supporting greater retention of information in Short- and Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Watch how ST Math allows learners to visualize math concepts in an interactive way. Through multimodal instructions and representations, learners increase their math comprehension and, in doing so, become more motivated to learn difficult mathematical concepts.

  • Seeing visualizations or animation in addition to audio or text helps students integrate information and frees up space in their Working Memory. Developers can also use these visualizations or enactments to capture and maintain learners' Attention on key content.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Social and Emotional Learning