Creative Writing in the Math Classroom
This unit combines current events with traditional math skills, and uses open-ended math questions for constructed response, challenging students' writing and problem solving skills.
- Grades: 6–8
Constructed response writing and performance events are designed to keep pace with changes in assessment. Constructed response questions require students to supply, rather than select, an appropriate response. Also referred to as open-ended response, constructed response usually supports more than a one-solution process and a wider range of possible responses. Performance events, requiring students to apply skills, also support a multi-solution process. This unit combines knowledge of current events with traditional math skills, culminating in a fun performance event that allows students to create their own solutions to the problem.
- Explore cause and effect in relation to gas prices.
- Analyze information on a pie chart.
- Working within defined parameters; develop a budget for a trip.
- Estimate distances and costs.
- Substantiate appropriate methods of calculations.
- Create an appropriate constructed response.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Interpreting Pie Charts
Lesson 2: Budgeting for a Trip
Lesson 3: Writing Constructed Responses
Have students design travel brochures showcasing their itineraries. These can feature real photos, prices, maps, charts. Display them after they have been presented to the class.
16 Writing Lessons to Prepare Students for the State Assessment by Mary Lynn Woods
Targeted lessons to improve test scores.
Classroom Tip: Use these effective lessons to practice content area writing techniques.
50 Graphic Organizers for Reading, Writing & More: Reproducible Templates, Student Samples, and Strategies to Support Every Learner by Karen Bromley, Marcia Modlo, Linda Irwin-DeVitis
Creative graphics to organize writing in all content areas.
Classroom Tip: From note taking to presentations, this handy resource will help students prepare for writing assignments.
Practice, Practice, Practice! Word Problems by Gary Robert Muschla
Ready to use, language-oriented math problems in a variety of skills.
Classroom Tip: Use this book to reinforce lessons through independent practice.
Writing in Math Class by Marilyn Burns
Explores writing across the curriculum to assist in math instruction and assessment.
Classroom Tip: Offers insight in how children learn mathematics, includes best practices.
Writing to Prompts in the Trait-Based Classroom: Content Areas by Carol Avery, Amanda Wheeler
Builds writing proficiency for test taking
Classroom Tip: Use this book to increase student confidence in content knowledge and test taking skills.
Handy Books for Classroom Activities
All Around the United States
These wall maps and great activities will encourage mapping skills.
Classroom Tip: Use the activities as great icebreakers to peak student interest in map skills.
Scholastic Atlas of the United States by David Rubel
This nonfiction book is an exciting presentation of the 50 states with detailed maps and facts.
Classroom Tip: I encourage students to use this book to gather in-depth data on the states.
The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson
This book contains everything you need to know about the 50 states, plus interesting trivia.
Classroom Tip: A great source for plotting the trip activities in Lesson Two!