Use this journal as an opening to your daily math lessons. Reinforce problem solving using a variety of visuals. Every page has 5 sections for the student to fill out. They start with sketching the important information. I suggest sketching circles in groups of 5 and color coding them using two different colors. Then, they use the same two colors that they used for their sketch to fill-in/color the hundreds chart. The next step is the PART-PART-WHOLE MAT. If they use two different colors in their sketch and the hundreds chart, this will come easy to them. You can have them start off using the PART-PART-WHOLE MAT with only color-coded circles in each section and eventually move them in to using just numbers, or both! The fourth step is the number sentence followed by the number line. The number line comes in handy also. Use the two colors to help skip count. Draw color-coded arrows to help your students understand the word problem. I do this with my little kindergarteners, but it can be used with first graders as well. Struggling second graders can also use this.
There are a total 28 pages. One is a cover page, one is a teacher suggestion page, and the rest of the 26 pages are word problems. Each page is one entire word problem.