# Turning Words into Math – Graphic Organizer

I made this graphic organizer to help my students quickly (and visually) reference the math symbols that words often translate into.  I had them glue it onto the back cover of their notebooks for easy reference.  The words are not centered on the page so that the paper can be easily cut down to fit onto spiral bound notebook pages.  The PDF file is below.  Thanks!  🙂

Words Into Math Graphic Organizer and Word Bank

Based on a work at https://ispeakmath.wordpress.com.

## 34 thoughts on “Turning Words into Math – Graphic Organizer”

1. I love this! At this point in the year I’m thinking of using it as a year-end review of terminology associated with each operation. I’m going to have a page with the (empty) graphics, put all of the terms in a list on the side, then have the students sort the words into the appropriate operations.

• Oh I love that idea! What a great way for them to process it all! I’m stealing that idea and using it next year. 🙂 Thanks!

• Did you create a graphic organizer or activity? If so could you post or send???

2. I teach remedial math on the college level, and this is just one of the best products I have found. I also pinned it to my boards on Pinterest. Thank you s-o-o-o-o much!

• You’re welcome! I am glad that you could use this.

3. I’m looking for graphic organizers for math to share at a conference–do you mind if I share this?!
It’s awesome!

• Hey Darlene,

Thanks so much for interest in my blog. I sent you an email. Please let me know if you don’t get it. Thanks!!

• Thank you for linking back to me. 🙂

4. Awesome!! Thank you for providing such a useful tool!! It’s my first year of teaching so all these little helpers are wonderful!

5. I am missing something here. What do turnaround words mean to your students? How do your students understand how to express them mathematically.

• Those are the subtraction words that “turn around” the verbal model from the algebraic expression. For instance, five less than a number is written n – 5.

6. This visual reference sheet is great! I put all of the words on slips of paper and made a chart with each of the symbols having their own sections. I split the kids into groups of two and had them sort the words depending on which symbol they belonged under. When they thought they were finished, I checked the answers and if they got any wrong I only took those off so they could try those again. I had a prize for the first group to get them all in the right spots.

7. This is so cool!! I am pinning it!!

• I’m so glad you like it!

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9. Can you possibly link the PDF directly for download? Scribd is asking for a subscription to download or print the file, and I’d love to get a copy. Thanks so much for the great resource!

10. I am also having issues with the Scribd, and would love the PDF file. This is a great resource that I would like to use for my students.

11. I love this idea and really want to use this with my resource students but is there anyway you can send me the actual file? I pinned this on Pinterest and I have a number of friends who want to use this as well but none of us can get it to print from what is above:( Thank you

12. Hi all! I’m so sorry that you all are having trouble with this. I added a link to the embedded pdf. Please let me know if you all are still have trouble with this. I will re-pin it on Pinterest so it goes to the embedded pdf. Thanks!! 🙂 Julie

13. I am a middle school resource teacher and my students struggle with algebraic expressions and verbal models. I am taking this to school Monday and see how it helps. Thanks so much!.

14. Great idea! Many of my MS students do not understand what operations each of the math terms are referring to. Great resource for a speech-language pathologist like me to use with my kiddos.

15. Though my Alg I students should not need the help (keyword “should”, ha!), it will be very helpful for my English language learners.

16. Julie, I went to find this document today and went “Oh my goodness, that was from Julie!” I think I first downloaded it before I was even the tiniest bit in the MTBoS. I used it as-is two years ago and a modified cut and paste version last year. Thanks for sharing this; it’s helped my students several years in a row now and I hope it will help again tomorrow!

• I love it when that happens. 🙂