Capstone Project Title
Shelley Orr and Maggie Struck
Many multilingual students are struggling to keep up in their math classes. They are not given enough opportunities to use the language of math to explain and justify their thinking. The research question addressed in this project was, How can planning for expressive language in math affect the academic achievement and language development of third grade multilingual students? The author describes her personal and professional experiences that guided her to the question. Then, the author reviews professional literature on the topics of learning language through content, math as a second language, and scaffolds and strategies for using expressive language in math. Next, the author describes the project which is a ten lesson third grade math curricular unit with expressive language embedded throughout the lessons. The lessons were created using the Understanding by Design framework and are aligned with the 2007 Minnesota Academic Standards for Math, as well as the 2020 WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework. Last, the author explains the major learnings and implications when using expressive language in math.
Deehr, Stephanie, "Planning for Expressive Language in Math for Multilingual Learners" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 908.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects