Bundle Yearlong Open-Ended Math Questions (Journals/Do-Nows (First/Second Grade)

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This is a great way to get students talking in math. I always do a lot of these together as a class before I have them work independently.
This resource is so engaging and easy to use! My learners love these types of problems, but it can be so time consuming to make them up myself, so thank you so much for saving me so much time!
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Challenge your students with open-ended math questions for journals and do-nows with this yearlong bundle for first and second grade. The set includes : January, February, March, April, May, June/July/August Combined Packet, September, October, November and December. Save $15 with this bundle which gets you more than 3 free months! (Price will be going up soon.)

This bundle includes the monthly packets and units to make the pages you need easier to find. This bundles focuses on: 

  • First Grade Number Sense
  • Second Grade Number Sense (Advice: Pick from BOTH grade levels to differentiate)
  • Time
  • Money
  • Geometry/Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Multiplication Concepts
  • Place Value
  • Data Analysis

Open-ended journal prompts: why are they important?

Over the last few years, I’ve made the switch to ALL Open-Ended Journal prompts. Why? Because it allows the kids to dig deeper and forces them to convey stronger mathematical reasoning. I see more “behind the scenes” thinking going on which is invaluable to me. With open-ended questions, there are multiple solutions.

Read more about this approach on my blog (and grab some freebies, too!) 

The Value of Open-Ended Math Questions

What’s the difference?

  • Old questions: There are 10 cookies. 7 are chocolate chip. How many are sugar? (There is only ONE answer.)
  • Open-ended way: There are 10 cookies. Some are sugar and some are chocolate chip. How many of each could I have? (There are SEVERAL answers. Kids can make/show MANY combinations.)

How do I use these? 

My original intent was to place these in the back of the kids’ poetry binders. But that still involved passing out papers and binders opening and closing, which can be a lot of work! So, I now run them off and create a little monthly packet. These go home at the end of the month. I only have 15-18 problems in my packets and use the rest for DO-NOWS that go home that day. These can also be used for homework. 

Other notes about this bundle: 

  • Can be folded in half and glued in notebooks if that's what you are currently using.
  • I offer lower/higher numbers for some problems so you can differentiate.
  • All problems have lots of possible answers so I make it clear to kids that I want to see several possible answers. It is expected. Seeing what’s NOT there is just as telling as seeing what is there.
  • Once you switch over to Open-Ended, you'll never want the standard prompts again. I promise! 

Thanks for looking! Individual Months also available below:

September Open-Ended Math Questions

October Open-Ended Math Questions

November Open-Ended Math Questions

December Open-Ended Math Questions

January Open-Ended Math Questions

February Open-Ended Math Questions

March Open-Ended Questions

April Open-Ended Questions

May Open-Ended Questions

June Open-Ended Math Questions

Check out a few of my other first grade math products:

Practice Makes Perfect: Addition & Subtraction Worksheets

Practice Makes Perfect: Names for Numbers

Practice Makes Perfect: Balancing Equations

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.
Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.


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