Maths Vocabulary Solution

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Free-Form Solution: Maths Vocabulary

Free-Form solution: This is a package of mixed resources on this topic.

They are tied together by the Guide to Mathematical Vocabulary and the available video PL.

About this solution:

This solution collects a number of resources dealing with teaching mathematical vocabulary with a view to reaching towards Problem Solving. As needs are different in every class, this solution more free-form than other solutions.

The procedure is shown further down this page, and this solution provides the word lists and lesson ideas for mathematics vocabulary which can be implemented as a whole school solution.

Further teaching assistance can be found in the free “A Guide to Mathematical Vocabulary”

Special Features:

  • Teaching in the Guide, and with each book.
  • Practical activities for the classroom tied in to using Story Books
A Guide To Mathematical Vocabulary
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Solution Resources Bundle 1

Bundle for:

  • (1a) Establish a whole-school approach to vocabulary.
  • (1b) Students hear the vocabulary in a story context
  • (2a) Students practice using receptive and expressive language (oral)

See below for more information

Solution Resources Bundle 2

Bundles for:

  • 2b) Words in a sentence (each kit suitable for a year level, and differentiations)

Recommended Video PL

Optional (but encouraged) 45-minute video PL.


Students learn about vocabulary

Establish a whole-school approach to vocabulary.

My Word Book: Mathematics: Covers what words to teach and when to teach them.
Junior Illustrated Maths Dictionary: Definitions and explanations. Use first as a teacher reference and as a final consolidation for students.
Other items of note: My Word Book: Flash Cards and the (FREE) Guide to Maths Vocabulary.



Students learn about vocabulary

Students hear the vocabulary in a story context

These books work two ways: either to help you find relevant maths story books, or to find out what maths you can derive out of story books you already have.

Exposure through Children’s Story Books with a maths focus:
Foundation – 1: Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books 1
Years 2 – 3: Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books 2
Years 4 – 6: Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books 3


Apply the vocabulary

Students practice using receptive and expressive language (oral)

Mystery Bag Mathematics: Feel and describe with appropriate
language and vocabulary.
Barrier Games: Prepositions in the context of games.


Apply the vocabulary

Students learn to use words in a sentence (written / reading)

These books feature short sentences that students have to parse with their mathematical literacy.

  • Mathematics Vocabulary Activities A (Year 3)
  • Mathematics Vocabulary Activities B (Year 4)
  • Mathematics Vocabulary Activities C (Year 5)
  • Mathematics Vocabulary Activities D (Year 6)

Click read more to see the breakdowns of these kits

Next, follow up with:

This is the next immediate step in the Word Problems progression.

Follow up with:

Time to do some solving of problems! Topic-based problems and general Problem Solving are both good next steps.