• Impacts of authentic children's literature and literacy strategies on teaching mathematical comprehension in elementary grades.

      Sliwa, Elizabeth M. (12/11/2013)
      In this Master’s thesis project, empirical studies regarding the use of children’s literature and literacy strategies to teach mathematics are researched. The impacts on mathematical comprehension are discussed and include: An increase in motivation, an increase in achievement, and increase in early numeracy, and an increase in interest of mathematics. The studies researched include findings on how using children’s literature to teach mathematics can increase their motivation for learning and increase their interest in mathematics. Studies about using literacy strategies to teach mathematics include information on how activating prior knowledge, direct vocabulary instruction, and inferencing can have a positive impact on students’ mathematical comprehension. A series of professional development workshops are prepared from the findings from the literature review. The workshop consists of small group and whole group discussions on ways to use children’s literature and literacy strategies to teach mathematics in elementary classrooms.
    • Using Non-Print Multi-Media Texts with Literature Circles.

      Sievert, Denise (12/11/2013)
      Common core standards require students to be taught with evidence based practices. This thesis and design of a professional development workshop will include the evidence based research that describes how the instructional practice of Literature Circles combined with non-print texts can be used to help students improve their comprehension skills. The thesis will also describe how Literature Circles can prepare learners for literacy tasks of the 21st century.