Researchers Say Boys Favored Over Girls In Math

Researchers Say Boys Favored Over Girls in Math by By PBS NewsHour, adapted by Newsela staff

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Are boys better than girls in math? Hmmmm.....does your implicit bias show in the classroom? Your elementary students will love an engaging informational text and lesson on boys being favored over girls in math. This adapted text, is not only relevant for math class, but also in helping students understand and challenge bias in the classroom and the world.

Grade Level - 4-6

Rings of Culture Represented

Ethnic - various
Age - All
Gender - girls
National - USA
Socio-Economic - various

Why It's VABBulous

  • article is relevant and rigorous in subject matter, vocabulary and instructional opportunity.

    • adapted to be engaging for younger readers

    • brings culturally responsive texts to math instruction

  • It addresses the current topic/theme of gender bias/equality.

  • Applicable to many rings of culture, and also addresses the layers of the Iceberg Concept of Culture.

CLR Instructional Ideas

Set It Off (Into the Text)

1. Stop and Scribble - Click link in title for instructions

Possible Questions for Stop and Scribble(revise/modify questions for grade level)

  • What does it mean for boys and girls to be equal?
  • Should girls have the same opportunities as boys? Why/why not?
  • Are there things that girls or boys are better at? Explain.
  • Is it fair for girls to be treated differently than boys? Explain
  • What can schools do to make sure boys and girls are treated equally?
  • What should a girl do if she feels a boy is getting better treatment than her?
  • How can boys help make sure girls get equal treatment at school?

The Get Down (Through the Text)

1. Jump In Reading - Engage students in a read-aloud activity called Jump In Reading. This activity simulates how language naturally occurs in some cultures, with overlap in talking.

  • Have one student begin to read aloud to the group.
  • Another student may choose to jump in and continue reading at any sentence-end punctuation stop.
  • Students should read aloud at least one complete sentence, but may read for as long as they want (or until someone else jumps in). Students should actively listen for appropriate places to jump in.

2. Three Things Literacy Strategy - During Reading have students highlight/underline 3 things in the text, based on prompts you give them.

Sample prompts - 

  • 1 thing that surprises you
  • 1 thing that you have a question about
  • 1 thing that you agree or disagree with

3. Put Your Two Cents In - Click link in title for instructions

What ways can you continue the VABBbeyond the text?

  • Responsive Read Alouds?
  • Responsive Discussion ?
  • Responsive Literacy?
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