Teachers support language development by using and providing vocabulary and syntax that is appropriately leveled (e.g. using short, simple sentences for young students). When teachers incorporate challenging but accessible math words in their daily instruction, they create a contextual environment for students to practice, apply, and grow their Language Skills. Knowledge of mathematical vocabulary is specifically linked to success with word problem solving and is especially valuable for students whose Primary Language is not English.
Watch how this first grade teacher models vocabulary in her instruction in addition to using an interactive word wall. By slowing her speech and adding hand gestures, she highlights complex vocabulary and provides the opportunity for students to try to incorporate them into their own language.