Reading Math Symbols

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

Last week I wrote a post about Mrs. Bryan’s Kindergarten class and the story problems they were writing.  As I visited with different students while they worked, I noticed that a handful of students did not know how to read the number sentences they were writing.  When I pointed to the plus sign and asked them what word goes with that sign, they weren’t sure.  Same with the equal sign.  Not surprising, since math symbols are (1) very abstract and (2) brand new to Kinder babies.  I mentioned it to Mrs. Bryan, and before I knew it she had created a FAB-U-LOUS anchor chart to provide visual cues for the kiddos.


Notice how she shows the equation two
ways–with the total last and with the total first.
LOVE the dot representation of the numbers!
Kinder teachers, you might be interested in my Common Core Numbers from 11-19 unit.

1 Comment

  1. Tammy

    Makes learning so visible. I love how she turned the addition equation around too. Thanks!


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