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Guide-O-Rama is a hand out that guides students through a reading. It is organized in a

manor such that the text is in a column on the left and the questions that correlate to the text is
in a column on the right. The questions asked are designed to activate prior knowledge and sets
a purpose for reading. The Guide -O-Rama is step by step guide that leads students through the
dense text, terms, charts diagrams and pictures as they read. It follows many of the basic
principles as intended in Think Alouds.
The purpose of the Guide-O-Rama is to model questioning that that one needs to ask
oneself. It provides and insight of how to read deeply, skim, and skip parts like a person well
verse in the subject would know and do. The questions asked are to coach, model, and mentor
the reader through the text. It acts like and informal coach when needed without having to ask
for the help.
These questions are a way to support students through dense unfamiliar readings in
math. It provides an insight into the mind and questioning of someone who is well versed with
the content. This guide models how one thinks their way through a text in order to read and
interpret mathematical sentences.


Solving Systems Using Substitution 1. What does the title tell you?
From a car wash, a service club made $109 that 2. Before you read further, how would
was divided between the Girl Scouts and the Boy you translate this story problem into
Scouts. There were twice as many girls as boys, equations?
so the decision was made to give the girls twice
as much money. How much did each group
Translate each condition into an equation. 3. What do they mean here by
Suppose the Boy Scouts receive B dollars and “condition”?
the Girl Scouts receive G dollars. We number the
equations in the system for reference.
The sum of the amounts is $109. 4. Did you come up with two
(1) B + G = 109 equations in answer to question 2
Girls get twice as much as boys. above? Are the equations here the
(2) G = 2B same as yours? If not, how are they
different? Can you see a way to
Since G = 2B in equation (2), you can substitute
2B for G in equation (1).
B + 2B = 109 5. How did they arrive at this
3B = 109 equation?
B = 36 1/3 6. Do you see how it follows?
7. Does it make sense? How did they
get this?
To find G, substitute 36 1/3 for B in either 8. Do this, then we'll read the next
equation. We use equation (2). part.
G = 2B
= 2 × 36 1/3
= 72 2/3
So the solution is (B, G) = (36 1/3, 72 2/3). 9. Did you get the same result?
The Boy Scouts will receive $36.33, and the Girl
Scouts will get $72.67.
Are both conditions satisfied? 10. What conditions do they mean
Will the groups receive a total of $109? 11. How would you show this?
Yes, $36.33 + $72.67 = $109. Will the boys get Where did they get this equation?
twice as much as the girls? Yes, it is as close as
Note: Text in the left column above is adapted from University of Chicago School
Mathematics Project: Algebra (p. 536), by J. McConnell et al., 1990, Glenview, IL: Scott

Note this example is adapted from

Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction
by Joan M. Kenney, Euthecia Hancewicz, Loretta Heuer, Diana Metsisto and Cynthia L. Tuttle

Daniels, H., & Zemelman, S. (2004). Subjects matter: Every teachers guide to content-area
reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.