Sunday, July 21, 2013

Synthesis- When Life Gives You Lemons....

This summer, I've been hosting a book study on the book Building Mathematical Comprehension by Laney
Sammons. Honestly- I had never thought of applying those reading strategies to math. But it's brilliant, isn't it? I mean-- duh! Of course, you've got to
  • Make connections
  • Visualize
  • Question
  • Infer
  • Determine Importance
  • Fix Up & Monitor
  • Synthesize
Last week, I finished the chapter on synthesis. As Sammons points out (& we all know), synthesis is an abstract skill, and those abstract skills have to be anchored in something concrete. One of the suggested mini-lessons she gave was making a cake: You take all of the ingredients and combine them together to make a completely new whole food. Now, cake is a little difficult for me to make in the classroom (although it would be super yummy!)....but what about lemonade?!

When you synthesize, you combine
  • prior knowledge
  • information from your experiences
  • information gained from new experiences
to create a new understanding.

JUST like when you make lemonade!! You combine
  • lemons
  • sugar
  • water
to create a new food!
Thinking Stem Cards

I am so excited about this lesson pack! It includes a super cute poster/anchor chart, a mini-lesson guide, and thinking stem cards. 

And I'm doing a PIN IT TO WIN IT!!
Simply pin an image of the "When Life Gives You Lemons..Synthesize!" pack, comment below with the link to your pin (& your email)....& I'll choose a winner randomly tomorrow night!

If you'd like to find out more about Building Mathematical Comprehension, just click the button.

Happy Blogging!


  1. This looks wonderful!

  2. Great it!!

  3. CUTE!!!!!!!!

  4. I LOVE this, thanks for sharing

  5. This is awesome! I would love to win this.

  6. I am looking forward to reading the book. I've have been following some of the blogs on the book study. I pinned the "lemons" onto my pinterest board but have no idea how to do a link!

  7. Really, really cute~ I love that idea! Thanks for making a super cute product!

  8. Wow what a great idea. Pin:

  9. Looks sweet!

  10. Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love something that makes this topic easier to teach!

  12. We work on making inferences (...synthesizing, same thing!) a WHOLE BUNCH in 3rd grade. This would be a great lesson to really make the concept stick!
    katy dot sc at gmail dot com

  13. Oh my word I love this!

  14. This package looks wonderful.

    Great way to connect with the kiddos!
    martha.craft @

  16. What a great idea!