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Successfully integrating math into an ESOL class does not have to interfere with your language objectives or cause you to stress over how to design meaningful math activities. The Integrating Math into ESOL Units series consists of short workshops designed to familiarize ESOL teachers with ready-to-go math activities that can be integrated into the units and contexts you already teach. At the completion of the workshop, you will receive a packet of materials created by a team of math and ESOL teachers at the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL and adult education teachers at all levels of math ability and comfort

This half-day, face-to-face workshop will focus on math concepts and activities that could be woven into an ESOL unit on shopping or consumer awareness. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their own conceptual understanding of some of the math concepts behind the activities, try out some visual and tactile manipulatives that can help students deepen their understanding of the math, and experience and reflect on some of the activities offered in the packet. Cultural and life skills contexts addressed in the packet include U.S. currency, estimating costs and making change, understanding basic sales and markdowns, and finding the best deal.

To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend the entire face-to-face-session. For more information, please contact Sherry Soares ( 

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Estimate metric distances using personal benchmarks
  • Use base ten blocks to model basic operations
  • Connect place value to the metric system and American currency
  • Be able to articulate relationships among the four operations
  • Use fraction strips to reason about benchmark percentages
  • Identify different ways of reasoning about proportional situations
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 


02/08/2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Wellspring House
302 Essex Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
PD Center: 

Math and Numeracy

SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
ESOL/English Language Learner
Learning Disabilities
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
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