**Purpose of this blog:**Reviews of interesting ideas in past professional English education journals.

**10-second review**: The vocabulary students need to know in order to solve the following math problem: “Find four consecutive odd integers when the first, second and third integers minus the fourth equal 26.”

**Title**: “Teaching the Vocabulary of Mathematics Through Interaction, Exposure and Structure.” AB Pachtman and JD Riley.

*Journal of Reading*(

**December 1978**), 240-252.

**How to deal with students’ vocabulary needs in solving math word problems**

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**Select problems to be taught which represent the mathematical concepts you wish students to learn**..

**Identify and list the vocabulary contained in the word problems that students need to know in order to read, and solve the problem**:*consecutive, odd, integers, equals, exceeds, adds, find, change, results, multiplying, compute, total, greater than, solve, product*..

**Add to the list mathematical concepts implicit in the problem but which are not directly represented by vocabulary terms**:*properties, commutative, associative, distributive, operations, addition, multiplication, substituting, equivalent*..

**Arrange the words in a diagram or structured overview which depicts the relationship among these terms**:**Integers**

*Odd, consecutive, even*

**Properties**

*Commutative, associative, distributive*

**Operations**

**Addition**:

*sum, add, greater than*--

*total, more, compute*

**Multiplication**:

*result, change, substitution, solve, equivalent, equal*--

*product, times, multiply*

**Comment**:

*I confess I do not understand the language as a math teacher would*. RayS.

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