Oct 7, 2015

September Math Journals...So MUCH precision

We just wrapped up our September Math Journals last week.  After I looked through all of the math journals, I was so proud of all of the "extra" learning that went on during these daily journals.  We work on a lot of the Standards For Mathematical Practices.  We discuss a lot about precision.  We all should have the same answers some of the time, but may go about solving them in several different ways.  We love to share the different ways we solve problems.  It's a great way to get mathematical discussion going in your classroom!!  There are 20 pages in each monthly journal and they are soooooooo easy to copy.  No cutting, no gluing...just putting it into the copier and staple.  Then it's done for the entire month!  Here are some samples from September:
On this specific page, we reviewed the word hexagon, talked about how many side and vertices/corners, talked about the word 5 frame on the top, talked about it being a 10 frame, talked about how to fill it out from top to bottom left to the right, wrote our numbers to reinforce our precision, circled key words that helped us solve the word problem, and FINALLY solved the problem!  TONS OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES in just 1 page!!

Talked about the 5 frame going vertical instead of horizontally and how to fill it out top to bottom left to the right, discussed key vocabulary words to help solve the problem and circled them, wrote our numbers to 4 saying our math jingles.

Reviewed sorting from our Bridges math unit, discussed all the different ways we sorted apples from the week before, and discussed how to organize our data so that our readers could see neatly how we organized our data.

We discussed that these were not 10 frames, but modeled how to count blocks to make sure that we counted them all.  Discussed how writing numbers in the boxes reassured our precision, and discussed how to double check over our work to make sure we counted correctly.  Finally they wrote their findings on the provided line.  We also got to practice number writing again!!
 As you can see, this math journal time is full of sooooooo many math items that the kids can absorb in just 10 minutes or less!!  We are encouraging you to try out October's Math Journal so we are putting it on sale starting today:  Wednesday, October 7-Saturday, October 10.  Here is the direct link for the October's Math Journal:  click here. 
 We have put it on sale for $1.60.  It is originally $2.00. 

1 comment:

Mark said...

I think it is awesome that you get so much instruction out of every piece. I also think journaling in math is so important in getting kids thinking about what they are doing instead of just doing mechanical skill practice. I use readers theater to get my kids going in all areas where I can find scripts. I found some math scripts at ereaderstheater.com. One I am going to use really soon is Pumpkin Patch Math w/very simple addition. Also found fractions, shapes, and a few more.