One of the projects we had on our summer to do list was to update our math journals and give them a facelift. Well, so happy to report that this task is off of the to do list.
Here are some of the BEST reasons I love these math journals:
So easy to prepare: Just throw them in the copier, hit your number of copies and they are done. No cutting, gluing, etc.
Promotes Problem Solving: After modeling several months of reading the words, circling key information, and how to illustrate the problem/write a number sentence almost ALL of my students could solve these journal entries on their own by February.
Reviews Several Common Core Standards: We tried our best to review so many different skills throughout these journals so that they had a spiral presentation each month. This concept really helped my students with their end of the year Kindergarten Math Diagnostic Test.
Conceptual Understanding: After my students complete the page, they have to explain their answer and how they solved it to a friend. This shows that students are not just learning something for rote, they are truly understanding it and taking it to the next level!
Makes Sense of Problems and Perseveres In Solving Them: This can definitely be seen every day by any observer in your room. My principal came in during a "walk through" and was totally impressed by what these kids were doing on their own and sharing with each other!
Using Pictures, Numbers, and Words: Almost every entry students use pictures, numbers, and words to solve their problem. This is a "BIGGY" for students scoring points on a rubric. They love this challenge of getting a 4 on our bubble gum rubric.
I'll stop here with my reasons, but there are so many more that I could give to you!! I start my math out each day with my math journal.
To make it easy for you to view, just click on the links below and it will take you to that item on our TPT store.
August Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/August-Math-Journal-284165
September Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/September-Math-Journal-for-Back-to-School-277252
October Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/October-Math-Journal-156452
November Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/November-Math-Journal-162210
December Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Math-Journal-169841
January Math Journal: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Math-Journal-175090
February Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/February-Math-Journal-195338
March Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/March-Math-Journal-207702
April Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/April-Math-Journal-225795
May Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/May-Math-Journal-237607
June Math Journal:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/June-Math-Journal-for-School-or-Home-253523
Best news yet, we have decided to put all of these months on sale today, Wednesday-Saturday for 20% off which means they are only $1.60.
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