Sentence frames or stems can serve as language support to enrich students' participation in academic discussions. As a scaffold for students to start and structure an explanation or question, sentence frames help all students develop more fluent Math Communication and, in particular, allow students with varying English proficiency to use more complex language and academic vocabulary.
Starting at 0:34, watch how this teacher models using sentence frames to decompose numbers. By using this frame, students practice explaining their thinking with math language.
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