A few months ago, I was assigned to administer our state test to a small group of fourth graders. For the most part, they were troopers and hung in there during a week of long and tedious testing.
What surprised me, though, was where they became the most frustrated. It wasn’t during reading comprehension or proofreading; it was during math word problems! They would sigh and raise their hands for help and try to ask me questions. I felt really sad that I couldn’t help them. They know me as the lady who gives them strategies, breaks things down, explains difficult words. All I could do was say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you.”
I decided that day that I needed to make a math product. Something that I could use to teach the kids how to break down and understand math word problems. There is a TON of language and vocabulary involved in math, and I know that half their battle was reading comprehension.
According to THIS article, addressing the language of math is well within the SLP’s scope of practice. Here are a few other articles that show the importance of an SLP supporting students in math:
- Speech in the Schools: Math and the SLP
- The Language of Math: What is the SLPs Role?
- Supporting Students in the Language and Vocabulary of Math
I am so very excited to show you this new product! Check out Candy Math Word Problems for Language Disorders! It’s based on Common Core State Standards and geared toward kids in grades 2-5.
I’ve also included math terminology gumdrops. Match the word to the definition to help students understand math vocab.
There are 18 word problem comprehension cards for each grade (2-5). Four questions are addressed on each card: 1. What happened in the story? 2. What key words do you see? 3. What do you need to find out? 4. How can you solve this problem?
I want my students to think about these questions whenever they go to answer a word problem in class. My LD kids need to practice breaking down the questions and implementing strategies.
The cards for each grade are color-coded for easy storage and use. Since some of us SLPs don’t consider ourselves to be “math people,” I tried to go with the standards that could be easily checked with a calculator.
Of course, I included an answer key. This is math after all. 😉
You can grab this product at my TPT store HERE!
What do you think? Do your kids struggle in math because of their language disorder too?