FREE March Open-Ended Math Questions for Journals / Do-Nows (First/Second Grade)

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Here are two FREE pages from my March Open-Ended Questions Packet.

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

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