Math is the Universal Language. When the Star Wars aliens come down from orbit they will not speak English, French, Chinese or Emoji. We will communicate with them through numbers and the universal laws of nature that bring these numbers to life.
Did you know that the word ‘alien’ is not just a noun (person, place or thing)? It can also be tweaked to be an awesome verb (action):
Here are some more verbs:
Observe the alienated family pictures below and respond to the following text boxes flexing your verb muscles.
Alien can also be used as an adjective (describes):
Here are some popular adjectives to describe the way people look:
Can you spot any major differences in these alien pictures of the girl below? Use the text box to describe these pictures with as many adjectives as possible:
We are going to use our language skills to drive our math investigations this week. So we will need to brush up on our grammar, with a special focus on verbs and adjectives.
First we will review verbs. You are probably ‘verbed’ to death in your French class so I imagine you will eat this up! Study the mind map on verbs below.
Identify the verb in each of the 6 questions below and use the following text box to show your answers.
Enough verbs for meow, time to:
Time to UNPACK your ADJECTIVES
Watch the video below to unlock your thinking about the use of adjectives in language:
Here is a mind map note of everything you need to remember about using adjectives:
Use your adjectives to fill in the blanks below. You can log your answers in the text box that follows, make sure you write the entire sentence with your words hi-lighted in BOLD:
Below is a MAD LIB from 1982. Can you guess what they are talking about? Fill in the following text box with your answers to the 8 words needed to complete the paragraph:
Time to connect this to math, specifically we are going to use language skills to achieve a deeper knowledge and comfort towards integers.
But first, what does it mean to work with integers? How do integers add, subtract, multiply and divide together? Here is the text book explanation:
Integers are a group of numbers that can be positive or negative. They are best displayed by using a number line. The number line below is my favorite because it is sloped and goes up as the numbers get larger. It just makes sense to me!
Now lets build the vernacular of integers:
We are going to use a verb and an adjective to describe the motion pictures below.
The verb and adverb (describes the verb) will indicate whether the character is facing left or right.
The adjective will describe the motion. We will use forward and backward to describe the motion.
Now putting them both together for the Sponge bob below, we could say the he is facing right and his motion is forward.
Now it is your turn. Use the text boxes below each motion picture to identify the verb and motion adjective: