Word Resource Cards Support the Math Practice Standards

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp

Math vocabulary equips students to understand concepts, extend their learning, and engage in deeper communication. Word Resource Cards help you create a rich environment for mathematical exploration. Here are examples from my own classroom:

MP.3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others — Vocabulary enhances student discussions. Just yesterday, students in my fifth grade classroom pulled out Word Resource Cards to compare definitions and visual representations as they debated the similarities and differences in the words multiple and product

MP.4 Model with mathematics — As students model, they apply mathematical terms to situations. Last week, a student proudly showed me how she is able to subtract using a number line. Her mom remarked on the number line's strength as a tool for finding the difference. Our short conversation was rich in mathematical thinking and vocabulary.

MP.6 Attend to precision — Mathematical precision begins early. Even young students can learn that the word and does not belong in the context of counting whole numbers. As they counted numbers to 1,000, my second graders learned to say nine hundred nine instead of nine hundred and nine.

Word Resource Cards

Vocabulary Resources

Word Resource Cards help students develop the mathematical language they need to communicate their reasoning accurately and precisely. Each card portrays a word or term along with an illustration of its meaning. The working definition appears on the back of each card for your reference. You can use Word Resource Cards to gradually develop a classroom math word wall. Post the cards on the word wall (or in a classroom pocket chart) when the terms arise during the course of a lesson—and let it empower students' math practice skills all year long. 

The North Carolina Department of Education supports teachers by organizing CCSS math vocabulary in a simple document by grade level and domain.

Check out our free Math Vocabulary Cards App.

Cynthia Hockman-Chupp is a curriculum specialist for MLC.