When I initially started looking into what this shift would mean to my professional practice, I thought that it would be more applicable to the intermediate grades or to the middle and high-school students, but as I reviewed the standards, I can see that this shift is embedded into what kindergarteners and first graders do too! 🙂
In Kindergarten and First, we teach in units, so, this is somewhat more approachable. I think what is most challenging is that in K and 1, the students are emergent readers. So, how material is scaffolded for them is paramount. There is a difference between reading to solve a word problem, and reading an on grade level text to respond to the question, who is the main character in the story.
One thing that I took away from looking into this shift is that:
Reading in math is different in some ways than reading for science and social studies. When children are able to understand what they are looking for and can tell you what they’ve learned from the text, they will have long term success as readers. It’s imperative that they learn how to read for meaning in all disciplines.
See you soon!