Sep 26, 2015

Math Journals Developing Problem Solving Skills

Our district is using a new math program called Bridges.  I am loving all of the components of this program and the students are becoming quite independent with the work places.  I am also doing the monthly math journals that SueBeth and I created a couple of years ago.  These are so easy to make, just print and they are ready to go.  
Each day the students and I read the problem.  Once we read the problem, we go back and the students decide which words help them solve the problem and which words are what we call "fluff".  There are 20 pages in each month.  I do send them home after each month so that parents can see all of the problem solving that we have been doing.  Our district uses the state math diagnostic test as our SLO and the students do amazing on this test I feel due to all of the problem solving they have done each and every day.  
We are putting these math journals on sale starting today, Saturday, October 26 through Monday October 28.  We have not yet bundled these so you do have to buy each individual month.
These journals typically run $2.00 for each month, but you can get them now through Monday night for $1.60.  Again...no gluing, cutting, etc. all you need to do is throw them in the copier and they are done.  I do mine each summer for the entire year!! 
Here is the direct link to our TPT store which is also on our side bar:  Busy Bees TPT Store. 

Sep 1, 2015

Sketch Pads Ready

I just wrapped up making my Sketch pads for my kindergarten students.  I plan on using these several ways in my classroom.  Several students arrive in the morning as soon as the bell rings and get their "jobs" done leaving with them about 10 free minutes until the tardy bell rings.  A great friend, yes that's you Kim, suggested that I try these out in my classroom.  I think I am going to love them!!  The "rule" is only one page a "morning" and they must go left to right in the booklet.  I will also put them as a choice in my writing center once I open it up in the next week.  I love telling them that they are like authors and illustrators and have to have a sketch pad to write/draw their ideas so they don't forget them!  Maybe I need a sketch pad when I head upstairs and can't remember why I went upstairs!!  ha, ha

You have gotta love a husband who will help you cut the composition notebooks and a fabulous student teacher who helps you laminate the front covers!! Gotta love teamwork~