Solving Math Word Problems with ELLs

Math word problems are often a challenge for ELL students; not because they can’t do the computation, but because they get hung up on the language.  Working with Kelly Long, a third grade teacher at Arnold, we’ve developed some ways to make solving word problems more comprehensible and concrete for ELL students.  We’ve had great success with these strategies and hope you do, too!

Hey…what does Kelly have to say about all this?  She was gracious enough to share her thoughts on the work we’ve done!  Click here to watch!

Watch the Strategies in Action…

  • Click here to watch whole group math instruction on solving word problems using ELL strategies, including an introduction to the lesson and students problem solving
  • Click here to get a closer look at students problem solving during a word problem lesson using ELL strategies
  • Click here get an up close look at cooperative groups, including ELL students, solving word problems

Get Started with These Resources…

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Holly Tracy

About Holly Tracy

Holly Tracy is an ELL Instructional Coach for Lincoln Public Schools. She works with the staff and administration at Adams, Arnold, Calvert, Cavett, Clinton, Hill, Humann, Kloefkorn, Maxey, Roper, Rousseau, and Zeman. Holly has had the chance to develop valuable partnerships with many teachers across these buildings as they support their ELL students and looks forward to continuing this work.

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