One, Two, Three … Math Journals!November 15, 2011
I use math journals to promote my Firsties problem solving skills… Math journals are a fantastic way for students to write about their math thinking. It allows teachers to clearly see how their students thought process are recorded. Not an easy one… Thinking logically is a difficult task for young children. This is why it is so important for teachers to model how to write in their math journals …
Each student has a math journal duo tang. I glue the cover page on the front of the duo tang. Then I insert 4- 6 clear plastic inserts into their duo tang. This is where I place pages that they could refer to … such as number words, addition & subtraction words, days of the week, months of the year, counting by 1’s,2’s,5’s,10’s…, coins, and telling time. These pages are so important, as they foster independence … Again, students must be taught how to use these pages … MODEL, MODEL, MODEL!!!!
I insert several blank journal writing pages. Then, I create situations or problems for them to solve. I simply copy the problem that I would like for them to work on. I cut them apart and distubute them. Students glue the strip at the top of their math journal writing page. Then…let the thinking and writing begin!
I can’t stress how important it is to model, model, model, how to solve math journal problems. The five areas that I really like to emphasis while working on their math journal problems is problem solving, representation, reasoning, proof & communication, and connections….
Here are some items to get you started. Simply click and download:
Here are some great places to check out. You can purchase their Math Journal Prompts on Teachers Pay Teachers …
I will post more math journal prompts that I use with my class in the future! I hope you will begin Math Journals, A.S.A.P!!!
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