Distance Learning Word Problem Math Journal for Second Grade *EDITABLE*

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This journal is so much more than a collection of word problems. These journal prompts ask students to defend their answers, list the steps they took to solve the problem, make their own problems, draw pictures, etc. Writing about their mathematical thinking will help students to prepare for standardized testing and show a true understanding of the math concepts rather than just test if the student gets the right answer.



This resource has been updated to include FOUR formats for each prompt, an answer key and editable slides!


1. Full page prompts:

They can be printed on a single sheet of paper and used as an assessment or homework assignment. They can also be glued into a spiral or composition notebook.

2. Strips:

One page includes several copies of the same prompt. This is a paper saver! Students can glue the strip to the top of a sheet of paper or into their math notebook. It's perfect for centers, morning work, fast finisher work, etc.

3. PowerPoint:

This is a no prep option! Just display the desired slide on your board and students can respond to the question in their notebook. It is perfect for bell work, math warm up or an exit ticket at the end of a lesson.

4. Google Slides:

Use the Google Slides to upload prompts into Google Classroom! Students can respond to the prompt directly on the slide.


Every single 2nd grade common core math standard is covered!

There are many different ways you could use this product:

Independent center work during math

Group assignment during math

Morning bell work

Math warm-up


Fast-finisher Activity


Exit Tickets

Unit includes:

Suggested Uses

Preparation Instructions

Suggestions for implementing and teaching students to write about math

Student journal cover

Check-off sheet to keep track of prompts used

Math Journal Sentence Starters

Grading Rubric

Answer Key

100 full page journal prompts*

100 journal prompt strips*

100 journal prompt PowerPoint slides*

Editable Full Page Template

Editable PowerPoint Template

*The same prompts are in each file. They are just included in three different formats.

To see how I use my math journals in my classroom check my blog post:

Write about Math

Looking for more second grade math resources? Check out my math centers:

Second Grade Math Center Bundle

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Total Pages
108 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.


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