Words2Math: Selected Items from Levels F and G

Language of Percent and Percent Change

Alpha Version for Limited Field Testing

A Little Background

We do a good job teaching students to count and do arithmetic. But not well at teaching them to understand math enough to learn more or to solve real-world problems.

A large part of this failure stems from children not being ready to learn math because they lack a mastery of the language. It’s much more difficult to learn a subject if you don’t speak and understand the language.

  • Hearing ‘thirty-five percent’ and seeing only symbols, 3 5 %, is not the same as hearing those words and seeing a meaningful image of a relative portion a little more than a third.
  • Memorizing a procedure for calculating 30% of a number is not the same as knowing the difference between a decrease of 30% from last year and a decrease to 30% of last year.

Purpose of Words2Math

By focusing on language, Words2Math(W2M) makes it easier for students to learn (and for teachers to teach) the math students need: in school, in business, in the military. It supplements any program or instructional approach being used.

  • W2M does this by teachingverbal and visual fluency in math.
  • W2M uses the proven methods commonly used for teaching second languages.
  • The first level of W2M, Zip and Abby,is in its third year of field testing, and ready to go. Of the thousands of math apps for preschoolers, it is the only one that focuses on math language.
  • Work has begun on later levels addressing language and visualization of Fractions, Percent, and Percent change.

Notes About Alpha Version

  • For testing purposes, this alpha version of Language of Fractions is a condensed form of future final versions. The items come from various levels of Words2Math. The final version will have more deliberate pacing.
  • This alpha version will run on any desktop or laptop computer.It may not display properly on your smartphone or tablet.

Content Note

For testing purposes, this alpha version is a condensed form of the final version. The items come from different levels of Words2Math.  The final version will have a more deliberate pacing.

Alpha Version Sample Content

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